Kellogg | Mr. Indian Globetrotter
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
GMAT 730, GPA 3.33
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. O&G Geoscientist
GRE 327, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Brother
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Nonprofit Admin
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Darden | Mr. Military Vet
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. ELS
GRE 318, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1

Ten Biggest Surprises In Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2019 MBA Ranking

Arizona State Carey’s School of Business is the most top 50 undervalued MBA program by Businessweek

4) The Most Undervalued MBA Programs In This Year’s Businessweek Ranking

With little context, many of the numerical rankings assigned to schools by Businessweek can appear to be reasonable. What you really need to do is compare how these programs rank on this list with others. To do that, we took the top 50 schools according to Businessweek and juxtaposed them against Poets&Quants’ latest composite ranking which brings together all five of the most influential rankings weighted by our own view of each system’s credibility. We looked for the biggest gaps to identify the most undervalued programs by Businessweek.

The gaps expose ranks placed on schools by Businessweek that are clearly outliers. Their ranks are a misrepresentation of the true intrinsic quality of the MBA program at a business school. We consider a five-point gap to be significant enough to state unequivocally that the rank has questionable merit. Discard or at the very least discount what Businessweek appears to be telling you about the quality of the school and its MBA experience.

The most undervalued schools include publics and privates, some that might be on your target list of where to go. They range from such an elite private player as Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management to a such stellar public as Michigan University’s Ross School of Business. The biggest gap among the top 50 schools? It’s Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business. Businessweek ranks its MBA program a lowly 48 vs. the P&Q composite of 31, a gap of 17 places.

Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business is the most overvalued by this year’s Businessweek ranking

5) The Most Overvalued MBA Programs By Businessweek

At the risk of offending a very good group of business schools that are basking in their Bloomberg Businessweek ranking, we have to do the flip side of the undervalued analysis. Naturally, you can look at this in two very different ways. On the positive side, you can argue that Businessweek discovered some hidden value in these programs. On the other hand, because Businessweek’s more upbeat view of these programs runs counter to most rankings you can say that the magazine is just plain wrong.

Adopt whatever perspective you wish to have on this. We believe these business schools are overvalued by Businessweek’s ranking (but also want to remind you that we are still talking about the top 1% of all MBA programs).

We applied the same analysis we used for the undervalued list, looking for the biggest gaps between our composite ranking and Businessweek. The single biggest gap was huge: 35 places for the full-time MBA program at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. Businessweek‘s ranking claims Neeley is the 40th best MBA program in the U.S. The Poets&Quants composite ranking places it 75th.

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.