2012 Economist Global B-School Ranking

Global B-School Rankings

Economist Global B-School Rankings

The Economist’s top 25 full-time global MBA program rankings offer few surprises. Here are a few points to note:

  • European b-schools in general dropped a few places from last year. Most notably, IMD, ranked in third place in 2011, and dropped to tenth place in 2012. Cranfield got bumped off the list – in 2010, this British b-school was ranked #15; in 2011 it dropped to #23.
  • York Schulich lost its footing the top ten by dropping from ninth to sixteenth place, leaving the top ten without a Canadian representative.
  • New to the top ten this year is MIT Sloan, which ranks as #7 – up from #11 in 2011.
  • Another big jumper this year was Cornell Johnson which jumped up 10 spots, from #25 to #15.
  • New schools in the top 25 this year are Emory Goizueta (which jumped from #28 to #21), UCLA Anderson (#27 last year and now at #23), and Michigan Ross (which moved up six places from #30 last year to #24 this year).
  • Bumped from the top 25 this year: Cranfield (as mentioned above), USC Marshall (#22 last year), and Duke Fuqua (#20 last year). (See “The Economist Posts Which MBA? 2011 Rankings” for more on the 2011 rankings.)

The Complete Economist “Which MBA?” 2012 Top 25 Rankings (2011 rank in parentheses)

  1. Chicago Booth (2)
  2. Dartmouth Tuck (1)
  3. UVA Darden (4)
  4. Harvard Business School (5)
  5. Columbia Business School (7)
  6. UC Berkeley Haas (6)
  7. MIT Sloan (11)
  8. Stanford School of Business (8)
  9. IESE (10)
  10. IMD (3)
  11. NYU Stern (12)
  12. London Business School (13)
  13. University of Pennsylvania Wharton (15)
  14. HEC Paris (14)
  15. Cornell Johnson (25)
  16. York Schulich (9)
  17. CMU Tepper (16)
  18. ESADE (17)
  19. INSEAD (19)
  20. Northwestern Kellogg (18)
  21. Emory Goizueta (28)
  22. IE Business School (24)
  23. UCLA Anderson (27)
  24. Michigan Ross (30)
  25. Bath (21)

For more insight into The Economist’s rankings, please check out our interview with the man behind these rankings, The Economist’s Bill Ridgers, as well as Poets & Quants’ analysis of the these rankings.


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