Top 5 Mba Rankings You Cannot Ignore

Ranking of Business Schools and MBA programs is considered one of the key indicators of the quality of management education a student can receive.

Consistently high rankings in global lists and charts help build the brand of the Business School and the reputation of its MBA program over time.

These rankings are produced by globally recognized organizations, such as media groups, consulting firms and specialized education service providers.

Each organization adopts its own set of criteria and evaluates a different combination of metrics to arrive at a ranking list or chart.

Before you apply to your target Business School, find out if the MBA program is listed on one of these 5 most popular rankings:

1) FT

Owned by the Japanese media group Nikkei, the Financial Times (FT) is an English language daily newspaper published from London, UK. Every year, FT releases a Global MBA Ranking of the top 100 full-time MBA programs in the world.

The ranking is based on – survey of alumni from the previous three years of the participating Business Schools (59% weight), data collected from these schools (31% weight), and research output by full-time faculty of these schools (10% weight).

2) The Economist

Owned by the Economist group, the Economist is an English language weekly magazine published from London, UK. Every year, the Economist releases a MBA Ranking of the top 100 full-time MBA programs in the world.

The ranking is based on – survey of the participating Business Schools on quantitative matters (80% weight), and survey of current and most recent MBA students of these schools (20% weight).

3) Bloomberg Businessweek

Owned by Bloomberg, the Bloomberg Businessweek is an English language weekly magazine published from New York, US. Every year, they release separate MBA Ranking for the top 80 full-time MBA programs in the US as well as the top 30 full-time international MBA programs.

The ranking is based on – employer survey (35% weight), alumni survey (30% weight), student survey (15% weight), job placement rate (10% weight), and starting salary (10% weight).

4) QS

Owned by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a leading UK company specializing in education and study abroad, Global 250 Business Schools Report is an annual publication of the top 250 full-time MBA programs across 5 major regions of the world.

The ranking is based on – survey of employers to ascertain employability, and survey of academics to determine research excellence. Categorized by region, the top MBA programs in each region are placed in quadrants depending on low or high scores for employability and research excellence.

5) Times Higher Education

Owned by TES Global, Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of Times Higher Education (THE), a weekly magazine published from London, UK. Every year, they release a ranking of top 100 Universities providing education in business and economics.

The ranking is based on – teaching (32.5% weight), research (32.5% weight), citations (25% weight), international outlook (7.5% weight), and industry income (2.5% weight).

Last Updated: 16 June 2017

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