Chicago Booth Nabs Top Spot in Latest Economist Rankings

The Economist announced its 2012 full-time MBA rankings yesterday, and the Chicago Booth School of Business came out way ahead in one area the MBA students polled believe is most important:  Booth is a program that opens an array of new career opportunities.

Despite Booth’s reputation for finance and “super quants”, The Economist found it to be a well-rounded MBA program, with graduates gushing about finding employment in the widest range of industries, and students believing the Chicago Booth career services were top-notch.

Last year’s first-place winner, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, slipped into second-position in 2012, and Darden School of Business crept up a notch to third place this time around. Some schools made big moves in this latest round of rankings, with Cornell’s Johnson School jumping ten spots to come in 15th, and Switzerland’s IMD dropping into 10th place after coming in third in 2011.

The Economist Top Ten Full-Time MBA Programs

  1. Chicago Booth School of Business
  2. Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  3. Darden School of Business
  4. Harvard Business School
  5. Columbia Business School
  6. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  7. MIT Sloan School of Management
  8. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  9. IESE Business School
  10. IMD

Looking at an initial selection of 135 leading business schools around the world, the ranking criteria The Economist uses is based on how well the program opens new career opportunities (35%), one’s personal development/education experience (35%), increase in salary (20%), and the potential to network (10%).

Data were collected during spring 2012 using two web-based questionnaires, one for business schools and one for students and recent graduates. A total of 15,550 students and graduates participated.

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