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Business School Rankings

Note: While these sites may contain information of value to you, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign do not endorse the sites or the information they contain. For more information and current research on rankings, we encourage you to read some of the articles listed in our College Rankings Bibliography and to see our Caution and Controversy page. For questions or comments, please contact Nancy O'Brien.


B-School Net
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings on the opening page.
This site, in German with English in places, offers recent rankings of Business Schools and leading MBA programs in Germany. There are several rankings including one based on a survey of 13,000 students focusing on several categories including: Quality of professors in teaching; Support for students by professors; Quality and actuality of library; Quality and availability of IT; Amount and quality of student activities; Usefulness in practice; Internationality; and Cooperation of school with corporations. There are also links to further information.


Bloomberg  Business Week Best B-Schools
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its methods on the Methodology page.
Business Week offers its business school rankings at this site. Users will find current statistics and profiles for the full-time, part-time and distant MBA schools, and links to the schools' web sites. The basic rankings rank the top MBA programs in the U.S., that can be viewed by anyone, but you may need to register with Business Week (for free) to view content beyond the first page. The Business Week site also provides links to undergraduate and international business programs. 


The Economist Intelligence Unit: Which MBA Online
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings on a page entitled Methodology.
The Economist Intelligence Unit offers rankings of the top 100 full-time MBA programs in Asia, Europe, and North America. Based on surveys completed by the school and its students, criteria such as career opportunities, personal development and educational experience, salary increase, and the potential to network were weighed and ranked. The results can be seen on the site, as well as the option to customize the rankings by criteria or region. Also of interest on the site is the student survey used to compile the rankings and a directory of business schools throughout the world.


Financial Times Global MBA Rankings
Methodology:This site offers an explanation of its rankings in its Key and Methodology to the 2012 Ranking.
Based on surveys completed by both school officials and alumni, the Financial Times of London ranking of MBA programs offers its assessment of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. The rankings are based on relative status in three broad areas: value, diversity, and research. The main component considered as a measure of value is alumni salary. Diversity of faculty and students and availability and use of international opportunities are taken as important measures of a program's diversity. A program's research ranking is measured by the amount of publications in forty international and practitioner journals. In addition to listing the top programs worldwide, the rankings are broken down further to identify the top programs in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia and Australia. This site also contains an archive of past rankings. For direct access to their most recent rankings, see their Global MBA Rankings 2012 Interactive Table.


Find MBA
Methodology:This site uses popularity rankings based on the number of hits/views to a MBA program's website from the Find MBA website.
Find MBA offers a ranking on MBA programs called "Most Popular Programs on FIND MBA ." This site also contains a directory of other websites containing national and international MBA programs rankings.


Forbes Best Business Schools
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings on a page titled Business School Ranking Methodology.
Forbes Magazine offers its rankings of business schools in the United States as well as in other countries throughout the world. Based on surveys completed by alumni, the list measures "return on investment in dollars and cents" by focusing on salary and gains in comparison to tuition costs and previous employment information. The site also features articles, information and statistics on individual business schools, and the ability to sort the list using various criteria.


The Princeton Review's Best Business Schools
Methodology: An explanation for their methodology can be found on User's Guide to the Business School Ratings with more information found on FAQ: The 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition.
This site does not offer one overall "best" business school, but rather offers 11 different ranking lists from Toughest To Get Into to Greatest Opportunity for Women. The site reports that "None of these lists purports to rank the schools in terms of overall quality," but are meant to identify important attributes for prospective students. Note: Registration is required to access these rankings, but it is free.


U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings - Business
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings on a page titled Methodology: Graduate Business School Rankings.
This site contains the most recent rankings of business schools overall and for several disciplines, such as accounting and finance, and the methodology used to evaluate each. The top schools for Executive MBA and Part-time MBA programs are also included.