Business School Ranking

A career in business starts with finding the MBA program that fits your needs. With the U.S. News rankings of the top business schools, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

Choosing the best business school for you is no easy task, but College Choice can make it a bit simpler. Our guide to navigating business school rankings will help you choose the best business school. Overall, it’s important to recognize that “best” is a subjective term. You need to determine what’s best for your situation, personally and professionally, before you research, apply, and enroll.

World MBA Ranking

For the U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings, all 480 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International were surveyed in fall 2017 and early 2018. A total of 387 responded. Of those, U.S. News ranked 127 because they provided enough of the required data on their full-time MBA program that were needed to calculate the full-time MBA rankings, based on a weighted average of the indicators described below.

Know Your Priorities

Take some time to think about what you want out of your education. Make a list of no-compromise preferences and stick to it; make a list of deal-breakers and stick to it. Perhaps you want to pursue a prestigious degree. Perhaps you want to graduate with expediency. Perhaps you’re interested in cutting-edge fields of study. Perhaps you want a rigorous social atmosphere and a “college experience.” Perhaps you want a mentorship program and access to internships. Perhaps you want a degree offering with an ethical focus. Whatever your preferences, begin your research with an understanding of what you need so that you can move through the business school rankings with clarity.

Ranking Methodologies

A total of 13 criteria form the basis of five key indicators that programs are ranked on: ‘employability’, ‘entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes’, ‘return on investment’, ‘thought leadership’ and ‘class & faculty diversity’.

Keep Your Career Objects in Mind

Do some contemplating over your purpose and be able to answer more abstract questions. Why do I want a business degree? What do I hope a degree will help me accomplish? Where do I want to be ten years from today? Not only will these things help you determine the right school for you, but you will be able to use the answers as fodder for your application letters and essays when you apply to school, whether to the best business undergraduate schools or the top MBA programs.