Fall is typically a season for MBA applications—and, of course, business school rankings. Two of the most prestigious ranking publications, Bloomberg Business and The Economist, recently released their 2015 lists. Although one typically experiences déjà vu while analyzing these lists, both rankings display a surprising amount of movement in their respective top ten schools.
Bloomberg Business ranked Harvard Business School as the best business school in the United States, while last year’s top-ranked program, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, dropped to number eight. One of the biggest risers on Bloomberg Business’s list was the MIT Sloan School of Management, which climbed from number 14 to the fourth spot. Interestingly, such prestigious schools as the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Yale School of Management could not even fit into the top ten—but this is hardly an indication of poor quality. Bloomberg Business’s international MBA rankings are largely similar to last year’s list, with Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario again claiming the top spot.
The Economist, which includes both U.S.-based and international programs in its master list, ranked the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as the best in the world for the fifth time in six years. The highest-ranking international school was HEC Paris in the fifth spot, while INSEAD climbed ten spots from last year and ranked eighth. U.S.-based programs populated the rest of the top ten.