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MBA School Rankings

MBA school rankings have gained significant popularity and importance as a way to compare different business schools and their MBA offers. In this article we introduce three popular MBA ranking lists.

The business press has led the way in attempting to develop standards to compare MBAs, although in doing so they have generated a considerable amount of controversy. In their efforts to make the differences between MBA programs more transparent the business press has also introduced arguments about the validity of such lists.

According to UK academics Ken Starkey and Sue Tempest, two ranking lists in particular have gained legitimacy (the Financial Times and Business Week). Although they add that this is “for want of any clear alternative”.

To help you with your search for the right MBA for you, we’ve written several pages of useful tips and links. This page introduces you to MBA school rankings and gives you links to some lists, but remember it’s important to know the basis on which any particular list has been generated. So next turn to our page which explains the different criteria used by business publications to create their rankings. We’ll also consider some of the problems with using MBA rankings in our forthcoming article: “MBA program rankings – the issues”.

Three Popular MBA School Rankings Lists

MBA School Rankings

MBA ranking lists provide a snapshot comparison of some of the top business schools. However these lists will only give you part of the picture.

Before you start comparing, build your own list of priorities – what do you want from an MBA. Only then should you start using the rankings as a part of your decision making process.

Once you’ve thought about this advice, here are three well-known MBA school rankings we’ve provided links to:

  • The Financial Times (FT)

Follow this link for up-to-date information on the FT’s ranking list. (you may need to search to find the latest ranking list)

  • Business Week

Follow this link to Business Week’s ranking list. Business Week emphasizes US Business School rankings, but does have a separate list for non-US Business Schools.

  • The Economist

Our final link is to the Economist ranking list. Other informationn is contained in their MBA and Business Education sections, with the MBA applications do’s and don’ts article providing particular interest.

MBA School Rankings – Review

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You will find a rich source of information in the business press ranking lists, along with many helpful articles to get you thinking. You do however need to read the lists with some caution.

When you’re reviewing different ranking lists, make sure you do so after reading our article: MBA Business School Ranking. Then you’ll be fully aware of the different ranking criteria and approaches used by the various publications. This article also offes some useful tips to help you consider what your own ranking criteria should be.

This article has only introduced the idea of MBA school rankings. There are many more ranking lists from different publications which you may want to review. The important thing to remember is to be methodical in your analysis. Make sure you spend time reading each list’s rationale for ranking. Search each site for its explanation of the criteria it has selected, why they considered these important, any weightings applied, and any other significant factor in the way they present MBA School Rankings.

Whether you’re already studying for an MBA, or thinking about enroling, one way to keep yourself up-to-date is to use the extensive free articles on this site. See our Ideas, Tips and Tools page, for some great tips on how to use the site. If you are looking for ways to implement these ideas in your organization then see our: Services to Business page and use the contact us form to send us your enquiry. Then there’s our on-line store which contains a wide range of resources to help you with your career development.

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