U.S. News has released its business rankings for 2012. The magazine weighs program “quality” (incorporating assessments by peer schools and by recruiters) at 40%, program placement success (e.g., salary plus employment rates) at 35%, and selectivity (GMAT, GPA, acceptance rate) at 25%.
The top 10 schools in the overall rankings are:
1. Harvard University
2. Stanford University
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
5. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
6. University of Chicago (Booth)
7. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
8. Columbia University
9. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
10. Yale University
U.S. News’s speciality rankings are much less rigorous, based only on the opinions of school deans and directors. The top 3 programs in finance were (in order): Wharton, Chicago, and NYU Stern; in “management” (read: general management & consulting): Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton; in entrepreneurship: Babson, Harvard, and Stanford; in internationally focused management: Thunderbird, Wharton, and South Carolina; in nonprofit: Yale, Stanford, and Harvard; in marketing: Kellogg, Wharton, and Duke; in executive management: Wharton, Chicago, and Kellogg; in production and operations: MIT, Wharton, and Stanford; in supply chain/logistics: MIT, Michigan State, and Stanford; and part-time MBAs: Kellogg, Berkeley Haas, and Chicago.
This article was originally published on Paul Bodine’s blog. Paul is a graduate admissions consultant with over 13 years of experience, having helped hundreds of applicants get into their dream business, law, medical, and graduate schools. He has also published several books on graduate admissions.