Stanford Again Tops P&Q’s 2020-2021 Ranking Of The Best MBAs

Rice Jones classroom

MBA students in the classroom at Rice University’s Jones School of Business

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2020-2021 — 26 to 50

This second group of schools are the next-best bunch of full-time MBA programs in the United State. These schools tend to have higher admit rates and are easier to get into than the top 25 schools. Yet, most of them offer as good if not a better MBA experience for students and tend to get overlooked and underappreciated. Several of the programs near the top of the list, moreover, have been able to land on the top 25 in years past, with Rice University being the most notable example, having slipped one spot to fall out of the top 25 this year.

2020
Rank
School Name 2019 Rank Index US
News
Forbes Business
Week
Financial
Times
The Economist
#26 Rice (Jones) 25 74.8 25 (26) 26 (32) 31 (26) 29 (29) 28 (30)
#27 Notre Dame (Mendoza) 27 74.1 30 (26) 25 (22) 28 (31) 29 (30) 37 (33)
#28 Vanderbilt (Owen) 28 72.3 23 (29) 30 (49) 30 (21) 25 (36) 22 (20)
#29 Washington (Olin) 29 71.7 30 (26) 29 (35) 38 (32) 24 (28) 31 (28)
#30 Brigham Young (Marriott) 30 70.9 30 (32) 24 (19) 27 (25) 45 (41) 36 (NR)
#31 Minnesota (Carlson) 32 69.3 28 (35) 32 (27) 35 (29) 43 (42) 30 (25)
#32 Penn State (Smeal) 31 66.0 41 (33) 34 (29) 31 (33) 33 (39) 33 (34)
#33 Rochester (Simon) 37 64.3 35 (40) 42 (37) 29 (45) 41 (44) 42 (40)
#34 Wisconsin 35 63.8 37 (35) 35 (24) 37 (42) 48 (42) 35 (41)
#35 Ohio State (Fisher) 36 63.0 37 (31) 41 (47) 41 (44) 37 (45) 38 (39)
#36 Georgia (Terry) 46 61.4 33 (37) 48 (50) 44 (51) 51 (NR) 25 (31)
#37 Pittsburgh (Katz) 39 61.0 39 (43) 37 (39) 54 (68) 39 (39) 39 (35)
#38 Southern Methodist (Cox) 40 59.8 41 (43) 45 (38) 42 (41) 40 (47) 40 (37)
#39 Florida (Hough) 41 56.7 28 (25) NR (NR) 32 (55) 19 (21) 23 (17)
#40 Texas-Dallas (Jindal) 44 56.5 33 (38) 46 (44) 36 (37) 49 (49) NR (NR)
#41 Michigan State (Broad) 33 55.4 40 (38) 27 (24) 39 (53) NR (34) 45 (42)
#42 Boston University (Questrom) 42 55.0 48 (50) 39 (48) 50 (57) 34 (37) 44 (43)
#43 Maryland (Smith) 43 54.8 44 (40) 47 (46) 26 (35) 38 (38) NR (46)
#44 Arizona State (Carey) 34 54.3 35 (33) 38 (40) 48 (34) NR (32) 32 (29)
#45 Texas A&M (Mays) 45 52.8 44 (40) 33 (20) 53 (49) 47 (50) NR (NR)
#46 UC-Irvine (Merage) 38 51.4 67 (43) 43 (41) 46 (43) 33 (24) 41 (36)
#47 UC-Davis 47 44.8 48 (47) 56 (63) 43 (40) NR (NR) 43 (38)
#48 Tennessee-Knoxville (Haslam) 49 43.9 46 (54) 54 (54) 55 (54) NR (NR) 46 (NR)
#49 Utah (Eccles) NR 42.8 48 (54) 36 (NR) 51 (36) NR (NR) 46 (NR)
#50 George Washington 53 39.9 53 (61) NR (NR) 51 (48) 36 (46) 47 (48)

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 2019-2020 list)

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