Forbes Releases 2019 MBA Rankings

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Forbes has released its 2019 best business
school rankings
, including separate rankings for US and non-US MBA

In the US rankings, there’s a new first-place finisher:
University of Chicago’s Booth School of
. According to Forbes, this is the first time Booth has come out on
top of the MBA rankings. Altogether, this year’s top ten MBA programs are:

1. University of Chicago Booth School of Business

2. Stanford Graduate
School of Business

3. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

4. Harvard
Business School

5. University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

6. Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

7. Columbia
Business School

7. MIT Sloan School of

9. Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management

10. University of Michigan Ross School of Business

The first-place finish is a nice surprise for Booth, which
didn’t even make the top five in the last set of
Forbes rankings

In fact, data from Forbes
shows that since 2009, Wharton, Stanford and Harvard have been in an ongoing
three-way struggle for the top spot, as is the case in many B-school rankings.

Forbes also curates two sets of rankings for international
MBA programs – those for one-year and two-year programs, respectively.

On the one-year front, this year’s top five schools were:

1. IMD


3. University of Cambridge Judge Business School

4. SDA Bocconi
School of Management

5. University of Oxford Saïd
Business School

For two-year non-US MBA programs, meanwhile, the
corresponding top five were:

1. London Business School

2. HEC Paris

3. IESE Business School



In both sets of international MBA rankings, the first-place
scorers are repeat champions from the last set of Forbes rankings. In fact,
Forbes notes that LBS cruised to its seventh straight victory for two-year

To rank schools, Forbes simply estimates how much MBA grads’
earnings increased as a result of their degrees, and then orders schools

Specifically, Forbes’s methodology
considers alumni earnings for the five years after graduation. It assumes that
their incomes would have risen half as quickly without MBAs, then adjusts for
cost of living and opportunity cost to arrive at a “five-year gain” for each
MBA program.

Forbes says that this straightforward approach to ranking
B-schools is “based on one question: Is a full-time MBA worth it?”

Looking beyond the year-to-year fluctuations in which school
comes in first, the Forbes rankings show that graduates of top-tier MBA programs
really do seem to gain more in terms of earning potential. Which helps explain
why admissions to these schools remains highly competitive, of course!

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