US News MBA Rankings Best Business Schools in 2024

US News MBA rankings

After two years perched at the top of the heap, the Chicago Booth School of Business slipped slightly in the latest US News MBA rankings of the best business schools in 2024. This year, Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School share the top spot in a throwback to their 2021 positions. Meanwhile, the Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth have tied for third place, and the MIT Sloan School of Management nabbed fifth place.

If anyone is wondering what happened to powerhouse Harvard Business School, US News knocked it down to number six this year. US News revealed that a change in the methodology–assessing post-graduate salaries by profession–created some rank changes.

“Schools may have improved or declined a bit in this edition’s ranking depending on how well their graduates’ salaries, especially when controlling for profession, compared with the graduates of other schools,” they explained.

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US News MBA Rankings for the Top 20 Schools

Business School2024-25 Ranking2023-24 Ranking
Stanford GSB1 (tie)6 (tie)
Wharton School1 (tie) 3
Kellogg School3 (tie)2
Chicago Booth3 (tie)1
MIT Sloan54
Harvard Business School65
NYU Stern7 (tie)10
UC Berkeley Haas7 (tie)11 (tie)
Yale SOM7 (tie)10
Dartmouth Tuck School10 (tie)6 (tie)
UVA Darden School10 (tie)14
Columbia 12 (tie)11 (tie)
Duke Fuqua12 (tie)11 (tie)
Michigan Ross School12 (tie)8 (tie)
Cornell Johnson School 1515 (tie)
CMU Tepper School16 (tie)18
UT McCombs School16 (tie)20
Emory Goizueta18 (tie)17
USC Marshall School18 (tie)15 (tie)
IU Kelley School 20 (tie)22 (tie)
UCLA Anderson20 (tie)19
UNC Kenan-Flagler 20 (tie)22 (tie)
Vanderbilt Owen20 (tie)27 (tie)

Source: US News & World Report


The methodology used by US News to rank full-time MBA programs focuses on career placement success, student excellence, and qualitative assessments. Half of the ranking formula considers placement and earnings outcomes, while the other half assesses academic metrics and opinions from experts.

There’s a shift towards emphasizing outcome measures like employment and earnings, with a new factor added to assess post-graduate earnings by profession. This change reflects the importance of advanced earnings and better career opportunities for business school graduates. The ranking may fluctuate based on how well graduates’ salaries compare with those of other schools, with emphasis placed on salaries relative to employment.

In response to these latest rankings, Poets & Quants remarked, “Harvard Business School needs to boost pay (or produce a large sample) since it ranks among the very best in nearly every other measure. HBS may be a victim of methodology, but (as the saying goes), no one remembers the score…just the result.”


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