P&Q’s Must Reads: HEC Paris Takes Over First Place In The Financial Times Master’s In Management Ranking

Hello everyone  — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: HEC Paris Takes Over First Place In The Financial Times Master’s In Management Ranking

After a dozen uninterrupted years at the top of the Financial Times‘ Master’s in Management ranking, the University of St. Gallen is now in the role of playing second fiddle to HEC Paris. 

For the first time ever since the FT began ranking these programs, HEC Paris can now claim that its MiM program is the best in the world. HEC broke St. Gallen’s dominance by overtaking the school in employment three months after graduation, salary increase, and salary within three months of graduation.

Dive into all the data and details of the new MIM ranking from our homepage.

No. 2: Duke Fuqua Reports MBA App Decline, Becoming Third Major U.S. B-School To Do So

MBA apps rise, MBA apps fall. For another leading business school in the United States — and in what increasingly seems like a trend — apps were down again in the 2022-2023 cycle.

Duke University Fuqua School of Business published its MBA Class of 2025 profile this week showing that it remains among leaders in international and women’s enrollment, and in the testing aptitude of its admits.

But for a second year in a row, Duke’s Daytime MBA saw a significant decline in applications, leading to a significant drop in class size.

You can read more about Fuqua’s class of 2025, and class profiles from other top schools, from our news tab.

No. 3: All The Major STEM Programs At U.S. Business Schools

It seems like everywhere you look in graduate business education these days, you find STEM.

For the last six years, but especially since 2019, business schools from the upper tier of the rankings to the unranked have galloped to establish STEM tracks, concentrations, pathways, and more in their MBA and other graduate degree programs. The University of Wisconsin Business School was the first school to “go STEM” and dozens of B-schools have followed.

Poets&Quants has gathered all the major STEM programs at the top business schools, and you can find it in our news tab.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: An Open Letter To MBA Recommenders. This story, now on our homepage, also offers valuable advice for those asked to write a rec letter for an MBA applicant.

Next: MIT’s App Is Different. How To Ace It. Find this story in our admissions tab and learn how to use every element of MIT Sloan’s application to align yourself with the kind of student they’re looking for.

Finally: The Great Student Loan Restart: Will Borrowers Sink Or Swim? Read this story for a deep dive into the financial challenges ahead after Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan collapsed.

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

I also want to alert school seekers to Centre Court’s upcoming MBA Festival. You’ll hear from alumni and career experts from leading business schools about how the MBA can fast-track your career. Our next event is Oct. 3-4, and you can register now for free.

Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening and, as always, stay informed!

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