Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.
Like many couples planning their weddings, MBAs seem to have a preference for hosting their nuptials during the summer season. This is evident in the New York Times wedding section, which profiled only 18 unions involving MBAs in November—half the number that the newspaper covered in July, for example. Harvard Business School (HBS) was the only school to boast a double-MBA wedding this month: newlyweds Valerie Gong and Gregory Ambrosia both received their business degrees from HBS. Graduates from the New York University Stern School of Business, Columbia Business School (CBS), and Yale School of Management were quite busy as well, as three MBAs from Stern and two from both CBS and Yale tied the knot last month. With only a few weeks left in the year, are MBAs racing to the altar in December?