P&Q’s Must Reads: Poets&Quants 2023-2024 MBA Ranking: Stanford’s Triumphant Return To The Top

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: Poets&Quants 2023-2024 MBA Ranking: Stanford’s Triumphant Return To The Top

There’s plenty for business schools to love and much to hate in Poets&Quants’ 2023-2024 composite ranking of full-time MBA programs in the U.S. 

Few would likely disagree with Stanford’s re-emergence at the top of the list. After all, Stanford Graduate School of Business has rightly claimed that title five times in the 14 years of the ranking, including four of the last five. And few would likely argue with the No. 2 ranking for Harvard Business School, which has topped our list for seven of the 14 years. But then the surprises come fast and furious.

You can read all about those surprises from our homepage.

No. 2: Poets&Quants’ Best Online MBA Programs For 2024

Speaking of rankings, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has topped Poets&Quants’ ranking of the best online MBA programs in the U.S for the second straight year. It’s the third time the Kelley Direct MBA has topped the ranking in the seven years we’ve run it, also winning in 2021.

The win makes Kelley the most dominant program of the ranking so far. 

You can see how all the top online MBA programs ranked, as well as a host of data on admissions, career outcomes, and alumni experience, in our online MBA ranking tab.

No. 3: The 2023 MBA Job Market Is Unkind To Another Elite B-School

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is the latest top B-school to report flat MBA salaries and declining offers in 2023. 

On the bright side, Wharton’s overall placement rates are better than many of its peers. Of the 688 students seeking jobs out of a class of 917, 97.2% received job offers by three months after graduation, down just a little from 98.7% in 2022. Of those, 92.3% accepted a job, down from 96.2% last year. 

Average salaries for Class of 2023 grads are also down, but not by much.

Get all the details, now on our homepage.

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: 5 Must-Dos Before You Hit Submit On Your MBA Application. Check out this must read story and also learn about the deadly mistakes to avoid. It’s available now from our homepage.

Next:  Tips For Round 2 MBA Applicants. This story, also with advice to Students at European MBA Programs, is up now on our homepage.

Finally: How To Successfully Reapply To MBA Programs: This story offers tips on reapplying to your dream school, even if you didn’t make the cut the first time around. You can find in our admissions hub.

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

I also want to alert school seekers to our events tab from our main menu. There, you’ll find all the upcoming admissions events for a range of degrees and programs including full-time and online MBAs, specialized masters, entrepreneurship and more. Registration is 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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