For the third time in as many years, Harvard Business School has claimed the number one position in the Financial Times global MBA rankings, the 2015 edition of which was released this week. According to the publication, the school’s strengths in graduate salary, alumni networking, employment prospects, and research are just some of the factors contributing to the program’s longevity at the top.
Both the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and London Business School moved up one spot, to second and third, respectively, as the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) shifted down from second to fourth internationally. Of the top 20 programs in the FT rankings, ten are in the United States, three in Spain, two in the United Kingdom, two in China, two in France (including INSEAD, which also has a campus in Singapore), and one in Switzerland. The two American schools to fall from the survey’s top 20 in 2015 were Duke Fuqua and Dartmouth Tuck, though they did not slip far; Duke Fuqua is now at 21st overall (formerly 17th), while Dartmouth Tuck is at 23rd (formerly 20th). International schools that moved into the top 20 are HEC Paris (now 16th, up from 21st) and ESADE Business School (now 19th, up from 22nd).
Viewing the rankings with an eye on U.S. schools only, UPenn Wharton now stands in the number two spot, after several years at number three, switching places with the Stanford GSB. Mirroring Harvard’s consistency, Columbia Business School, MIT Sloan, and Chicago Booth all held steady at fourth, fifth, and sixth domestically, respectively, for the third year in a row. In general—at least within the upper ranges—movement among U.S. schools was minimal compared with the previous year’s survey.
The world’s top 20 MBA programs according to the Financial Times’ 2015 rankings are as follows:
- Harvard Business School (United States)
- London Business School (United Kingdom)
- UPenn Wharton (United States)
- Stanford GSB (United States) [tie]
- INSEAD (France/Singapore) [tie]
- Columbia Business School (United States)
- IESE Business School (Spain)
- MIT Sloan (United States)
- Chicago Booth (United States)
- UC-Berkeley Haas (United States)
- Ceibs (China)
- IE Business School (Spain)
- Cambridge Judge (United Kingdom)
- HKUST Business School (China) [tie]
- Northwestern Kellogg (United States) [tie]
- HEC Paris (France)
- Yale SOM (United States)
- NYU Stern (United States)
- ESADE Business School (Spain)
- IMD (Switzerland)