Bloomberg ranking surprises with big drops for some schools

After the Financial Times and the Economist Bloomberg Businessweek also ranked MBA programmes. Businessweek looked at traditional US-programmes only. Stanford took out the title but an education expert criticizes that some schools were underrated.


Bloomberg Businessweek rated MBA programmes across the US and Stanford, Wharton and Harvard took out the top spots followed by Sloan, Booth and Haas. Also in the top ten were Columbia, Kellogg, Darden and Cornell. Whilst the winners seem to be the standard group of top US-business schools, an education expert from MBA website Poets and Quants criticized that some schools were massively undervalued due to the fact that Businessweek changed its methodology.

According to the expert the most undervalued schools were Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, Notre Dame University's Mendoza College of Business as well as Michigan State's Broad College of Business and Ohio State University's Fisher School of Business.

Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business dropped by a dozen places this year to rank 19th among the MBA programmes. Last year it still placed on number 7. According to Poets and Quants Tuck is undervalued by exactly the same number of places it dropped. "In other words, instead of ranking 19th, it deserves to be ranked seventh", the author wrote. Whilst most rankings seem to agree on the top spots, it is not uncommen that the top 20 to top 100 vary greatly. According to Poets and Quant's education expert, "the lesson here for applicants and students is that every ranking should be treated with a very big grain of salt."

Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking 2018

1 Stanford

2 Pennsylvania (Wharton)

3 Harvard

4 MIT (Sloan)

5 Chicago (Booth)

6 UC at Berkeley (Haas)

7 Columbia

8 Northwestern (Kellogg)

9 Virginia (Darden)

10 Cornell (Johnson)


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