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Business Schools

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.

Bloomberg Business Week Best B-Schools
MethodologyAn explanation of the methodology can be found under the “ methodology” heading on this page.
Business Week offers its business school rankings at this site. Users will find current statistics and profiles for full-time, part-time and distant MBA schools with links to the schools’ web sites. The basic rankings rank the top MBA programs in the U.S. and can be viewed by anyone, but free registration is required to view content beyond the first page. The Business Week site also provides links to undergraduate and international business programs.

Financial Times Global MBA Rankings
Methodology:This site offers an explanation of its rankings under the Methodology tab. Methodology explanations are available for all seven types of business school rankings.
The Financial Times of London  publishes seven annual business school rankings relating to MBA, EMBA, Master in Finance, Master in Management, Online MBA Programs, non-degree Executive Education Courses, and European Business Schools.

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. As of 2023, the last Forbes Best Business Schools rankings came out in 2019.

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 Best Business Schools FAQ.
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.