Forbes ROI MBA Rankings for 2010

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Forbes published today its 2010 MBA rankings for US and non-US MBA programs. The Forbes ranking is based on ROI, specifically "the return on investment achieved by the graduates from the class of 2004." Forbes surveyed 17,000 alumni at 103 schools and heard back from 24% of those grads in compiling its data.

For the US, the top 10 is:

  1. Stanford
  2. Dartmouth (Tuck)
  3. Harvard
  4. Chicago (Booth)
  5. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  6. Columbia
  7. Cornell (Johnson)
  8. Northwestern (Kellogg)
  9. Virginia (Darden)
  10. Yale

The lead article associated with the rankings has additional noteworthy data-points:

  • Although most graduates at top MBA programs see a significant return on the MBA investment, rising tuition and pre-MBA salaries mean that breaking even (not to mention profiting financially) takes a little longer than it has in the past.
  • "Europe is home to the seven best business schools when it comes to a return on your investment, led by top-ranked INSEAD, whose graduates had a five-year gain of $192,000."
  • Forbes plans to publish its Best Business Schools report annually in the future, instead of biannually as it has in the past.
  • Excellent piece on "How to Get Into Business School" by Matt Symonds.

The rankings also includes articles about the individual programs including a worthwhile piece on entrepreneurship at INSEAD.

If you're curious about my views on rankings, please see The Rankings.

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