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Harvard, Wharton Re-Claim Top Spots in Financial Times 2020 Ranking

Financial Times 2020 ranking

The Financial Times 2020 ranking of the world’s best full-time MBA programs sees Harvard Business School re-claiming the top spot, with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School moving back to second place.

Both schools managed to de-throne the Stanford Graduate School of Business, last year’s number one ranked full-time MBA in the world. While graduates from the Silicon Valley business school managed to hold the highest weighted salary in the ranking, the school saw minor score docks in the “value for money,” “salary percentage increase,” and “career services rank” categories.

Six of the top 10 schools of the ranking reside in the United States, with France’s INSEAD taking the fourth overall spot. Following in fifth place, the same spot it held a year prior, is China-based CEIBS; the highest ranked full-time MBA in Asia.

As U.S. MBA application rates continue to decline, demand still grows in Europe. “Demand for the full-time degree is growing in Europe, according to GMAC,” FT‘s Jonathan Moules writes. “The notable difference here, aside from the more generous visa rules in many EU countries and the lower cost of their qualifications compared with the US, is the length of European teaching programmes, most of which last just one year rather than two.”

Despite falling from third place in 2019, INSEAD, ranked fourth overall, is still the highest-ranked non-U.S. MBA program on FT‘s 2020 list.

The top 10 in the Financial Times 2020 ranking is as follows:

School2020 Ranking2019 Ranking
Harvard Business School12
Wharton24
Stanford GSB31
INSEAD43
CEIBS55
MIT Sloan68
London Business School76
Columbia Business School89
HEC Paris919
Chicago Booth107

The Financial Times 2020 Ranking: Who’s Up, Who’s Down?

No school saw a more notable bump in the FT ranking than HEC Paris, moving up 10 spots total from 19th overall last year, to ninth this year. The school witnessed score increases nearly across the board, with improvement in “salary today,” “weighted salary,” “salary percentage increase,” “value for money rank,” and more.

The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley was the lone business school to fall out of the top 10, dropping to 12th overall in 2020. However, that drop was relatively minor compared to the Oxford University Saïd Business School, which fell to 21st overall a year after claiming the 13th spot on the ranking.

Further down the top 50, a handful of U.S. schools managed to climb 10 or more spots, respectively. USC’s Marshall School of Business rose from 46th overall in 2019 to 36th in 2020. UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School shot up even further moving from 52nd overall last year to 39th this time around. Washington University St. Louis’ Olin Business School also jumped 10 spots, moving from 54th last year to 44th this year.

No school in this year’s ranking, however, saw a more successful rise in the ranking than the George Washington University School of Business, moving from 90th last year to 70th overall in 2020.

The George Washington University School of Business saw the biggest climb in the 2020 Financial Times MBA ranking, moving up 20 spots from the previous year.

To see an entire breakdown of the 2020 FT MBA ranking, click here.

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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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