Bloomberg Businessweek Announces 2017 MBA Rankings

HBS and businessweek rankingBloomberg Businessweek has announced its list of 2017’s best business schools in the United States, and Harvard Business School took first place for the third straight year. The 2017  list is characterized by near constant movement, with only two schools in the top 20 holding on to their same position as last year, and the rest of the list shifting up and down in surprising ways.

Businessweek’s Top Ten Business Schools

  1. Harvard Business School (no change)
  2. Wharton School (6th in 2016)
  3. MIT Sloan School of Management (7th in 2016)
  4. Chicago Booth School of Business (no change)
  5. Stanford Graduate School of Business (2nd in 2016)
  6. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (3rd in 2016)
  7. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business (5th in 2016)
  8. Kellogg School of Management (9th in 2016)
  9. Columbia Business School (11th in 2016)
  10. Rice Jones Graduate School of Business (8th in 2016)

Notably, two highly regarded MBA programs lost ground this year, with the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business slipping out of the Top Ten and placing 11th in the new ranking, and UVa Darden School of Business dipping from 12th last year to 17th in 2017.

The Bloomberg ranking methodology includes an employer survey (35% of score), alumni survey (30%), student survey (15%), job placement rate (10%), and starting salary (10%). MBA hopefuls should keep in mind that, because the full-time rankings comprise five elements, it’s possible to rank highly without knocking every category out of the ballpark. For example, Chicago Booth maintained its 4th place standing overall while ranking 35th in the alumni survey rank.

Click on over to Bloomberg Businessweek to see the details for all of the 85 schools ranked in this list. And remember, here at SBC we don’t like to encourage clients to focus too heavily on rankings when they’re making their MBA program selections. However, we also know those headed for b-school really can’t help themselves, so be sure to consider multiple factors when making your final school selection.

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