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Chicago Booth, Northwestern Kellogg Top Economist 2018 Rankings

Economist Best MBA

The newest Economist best MBA rankings for full-time programs is officially out, with two Chicago schools topping the list.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management sit at number one and two for 2018. This new ranking is only a modest shift from 2017, where both schools ranked the same, albeit in reverse order. Harvard Business School, The Wharton School at UPenn, and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business all maintained the same ranks as 2017; 3rd, 4th, and 5th overall.

Economist 2018 Full-Time MBA Ranking

School Name2018 Ranking2017 Ranking
Chicago Booth12
Northwestern Kellogg21
Harvard Business School33
Wharton44
Stanford GSB55
IESE617
Michigan Ross712
UCLA Anderson86
UVA Darden910
Columbia Business School109

Economist Best MBA Changes

You can see from the list above, that the top five ranking has stayed very consistent from last year. However, once you move past Stanford’s fifth place ranking, things change quite a bit. No top school saw a bigger rise than the University of Navarra IESE Business School. The Barcelona institution moves up 11 spots in 2018—the biggest rise in the top 20.

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Spain’s IESE Business School saw the biggest climb of the world’s elite full-time MBA programs. It rose up from 17th overall in 2017 to 6th overall this year.

The other schools in the top 10—Michigan Ross, UCLA Anderson, UVA Darden, and Columbia Business School—all witnessed marginal shifts, with Ross moving the most among the group; up five spots from 2017. The largest drop for any school in the top 20 was the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, falling four spots each.

The Economist Ranking Methodology

With the new ranking, The Economist explains is ranking methodology in detail:

“The rankings weight data according to what students tell us is important. The figures are a mixture of hard numbers and subjective marks given by students and alumni in four categories: opening new career opportunities (35 percent), personal development and educational experience (35 percent), better pay (20 percent) and networking potential (10 percent).”

The London-based publication also acknowledges, per the data provided, that U.S. schools are getting a bit more expensive. Meanwhile, its European counterparts are becoming more affordable.

“Fees at prestigious American schools in the top 20 now average $123,000, and have risen quickly in recent years. By contrast, European schools are cheaper because courses are generally shorter, so the return on investment is quicker. At iese, at the University of Navarra, which has the top-ranked programme outside America, students pay $96,000 for its 19-month course. The Spanish school has moved up 11 places to sixth, mainly because of a big boost in the average salary for its graduates to $123,000 and a job-placement rate of 99%. Those looking for a bargain should head to Warwick Business School in Britain. A one-year course costs just $49,400, thanks in part to the depreciation of the pound.”

Click here to see more the entire Economist best MBA 2018 ranking.

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About the Author

Matthew Korman
Matthew Korman

Matthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.

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