Harvard & Wharton Tie for 2018’s #1 MBA Program

Harvard Business School moves into a tie for first with the Wharton School in the 2018 ranking

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2018 — 1 to 25

The ninth annual Poets&Quants’ MBA ranking takes the five most influential lists from U.S. News, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and The Economist and combines them together using weights based on the soundness of each publication’s methodology. Bringing them together this way diminishes the anomalies that often crop up in a given year and also gives applicants a better sense of an overall school’s reputation and brand value. Ranks in parenthesis are year-earlier positions.

2018

Rank

School Name2017 RankIndexUS

News

ForbesBusiness

Week

Financial

Times

The Economist
#1Harvard Business School2100.01 (1)3 (3)3 (1)3 (3)3 (3)
#1UPenn (Wharton)1100.03 (1)1 (1)2 (2)2 (2)4 (4)
#3Stanford GSB399.64 (4)2 (2)1 (5)1 (1)5 (5)
#4Chicago (Booth)498.71 (3)7 (7)5 (4)4 (5)1 (2)
#5Northwestern (Kellogg)596.66 (4)4 (4)8 (8)8 (6)2 (1)
#6MIT (Sloan)695.65 (4)8 (8)4 (3)6 (7)14 (15)
#7Columbia Business School894.99 (9)6 (6)7 (9)5 (4)9 (9)
#8UC-Berkeley (Haas)994.67 (7)9 (9)6 (11)7 (7)10 (7)
#9Dartmouth (Tuck)792.010 (8)5 (5)19 (7)10 (10)11 (8)
#10Michigan (Ross)1191.27 (11)12 (12)18 (12)15 (12)6 (12)
#11Yale SOM1090.911 (9)13 (13)11 (16)9 (9)12 (11)
#12Virginia (Darden)1390.213 (14)11 (11)9 (17)17 (16)8 (10)
#13Cornell (Johnson)1489.715 (16)10 (10)10 (13)11 (14)16 (20)
#14Duke (Fuqua)1289.511 (12)14 (14)15 (6)12 (13)13 (13)
#15UCLA (Anderson)1587.416 (15)15 (15)17 (19)14 (15)7 (6)
#16New York (Stern)1686.913 (12)21 (21)13 (18)13 (11)15 (14)
#17Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)1784.417 (19)18 (18)12 (14)19 (17)26 (21)
#18Texas-Austin (McCombs)1883.817 (17)17 (17)22 (20)20 (21)19 (24)
#19North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)1883.019 (18)16 (16)23 (24)18 (20)23 (19)
#20Emory (Goizueta)2080.220 (20)23 (23)24 (21)22 (24)22 (23)
#21Washington (Foster)2279.222 (27)30 (30)16 (15)23 (29)18 (25)
#22Southern California (Marshall)2678.120 (24)33 (33)13 (30)31 (23)21 (28)
#23Georgetown (McDonough)2377.025 (21)35 (35)20 (35)16 (18)32 (27)
#24Rice (Jones)2575.923 (29)32 (32)26 (10)21 (32)30 (29)
#25Indiana (Kelley)2175.527 (21)25 (25)28 (27)29 (22)27 (17)

Note: Ranks for both The Financial Times and The Economist surveys are U.S. only, not the overall global ranks.

(See following page for the next 25 business schools on the list)

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.