2010 MBA Rankings Released by Businessweek


Businessweek just released its biannual full-time MBA rankings. There were some minor shifts in this year’s U.S. top 30 compared to those of 2008, and some more significant changes in the international rankings, as you’ll see below.

Top 30 U.S. Business Schools of 2010 (2008 rankings are parenthetical.)

  1. Chicago Booth (1)
  2. Harvard Business School (2)
  3. Wharton (4)
  4. Northwestern Kellogg (3)
  5. Stanford GSB (6)
  6. Duke Fuqua (8)
  7. Michigan Ross (5)
  8. UC Berkeley Haas (10)
  9. Columbia (7)
  10. MIT Sloan (9)
  11. UVA Darden (16)
  12. Southern Methodist Cox (18)
  13. Cornell Johnson (11)
  14. Dartmouth Tuck (12)
  15. CMU Tepper (19)
  16. UNC Kenan-Flagler (17)
  17. UCLA Anderson (14)
  18. NYU Stern (13)
  19. Indiana Kelley (15)
  20. Michigan State Broad (2T)
  21. Yale SOM (24)
  22. Emory Goizueta (23)
  23. Georgia Tech (29)
  24. Notre Dame Mendoza (20)
  25. Texas-Austin McCombs (21)
  26. USC Marshall (25)
  27. Brigham Young Marriott (22)
  28. Minnesota Carlson (2T)
  29. Rice Jones (NR)
  30. Texas A&M Mays (NR)

Top International Business Schools

  1. INSEAD (3)
  2. Queen’s (1)
  3. IE Business School (2)
  4. ESADE (6)
  5. London Business School (5)
  6. Western Ontario Ivey (4)
  7. IMD (7)
  8. Toronto Rotman (8)
  9. York Schulich (2T)
  10. Cambridge Judge (2T)
  11. McGill Desautels (2T)
  12. IESE (9)
  13. Cranfield (NR)
  14. HEC Paris (2T)
  15. HEC Montreal (HR)
  16. Oxford Said (10)
  17. Manchester (2T)
  18. SDA Bocconi (NR)

BW bases its rankings on employer and student surveys, as well as what they call “intellectual capital,” or school research output. For more information on how the rankings are determined, read BW‘s How We Rank Business Schools.”

Other articles in the report that may interest you include:

  • The Best U.S. Business Schools 2010” – This article highlights ways that business schools are dealing with the sour job market—putting a new emphasis on job placement, reaching out to alumni for job leads, using technology to connect with recruiters, and bolstering career services departments.
  • Top Global Business Schools” – Read about how the Great Recession has affected the international MBA scene, why new schools have popped up on the top 10, why students are being drawn to emerging markets, and more.

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  • surprised

    I'm losing respect on the BW MBA ranking… Having HBS, Wharton, Chicago, Stanford and Kellogg as top 5 is an easy bet (not necessarily right, but few people would strongly disagree). But placing Southern Methodist Cox (and maybe others) before Tuck… simply outrageous! Your own stats say that 97% of the students at Tuck got an offer before graduation (more offers than any other school), but still you rank Tuck's career services only as A when many others get A+ (let's keep in mind that Tuck is in the middle of nowhere, and job interviews are not a subway ride away). Also, you grade Tuck's teaching with a B… when everybody knows that Tuck has the higher coefficient of professors per student of all B-schools! And it's always THEM, and not a substitute, who stands in front of the class.

    I would LOVE to take a look at those student and recruiter surveys. There has to be something fishy going on!

    Seriously, if the surveys were considered properly, and you're certain that there were no mistakes, then the BW ranking is simply meaningless…

  • Linda Abraham


    In my opinion the rankings ARE meaningless. It's the data in them that has value. Use the information as part of your school research..


  • Me

    I THINK the person that made the first comment just might've gone to Tuck. Just a wild guess though….

  • Response to Surprised

    Not sure why the original author is so quick to degrade a school like SMU. Maybe location does play a part into recruiter and student satisfaction, Dallas vs Hanover??? All rankings are flawed but don't be so quick to label good schools as outrageous.