Forbes Best Business School Ranking (United States)
Forbes's biennial Best Business School ranking is broken up into two separate lists, analyzing graduate schools in the U.S. and abroad. The lists take into account the average financial gain MBA graduates accumulate five years after graduation, how long it takes to fund the degree, and the average pre-MBA and post-MBA salary growth. Take a look at the publication's top U.S. business schools in 2019 below.
Chicago Booth lands on the the top spot in this year's Forbes ranking among U.S. business schools, with average MBAs pulling around $162,000 more five years after earning the degree. This marks the first time in the history of the Forbes ranking that Chicago Booth earned top billing, jumping six spots from last year.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business earned the second overall spot on the Forbes "Best Business Schools" in the U.S. list, with an annual five-year net gain of $90,800 for MBA grads when factoring for cost of education. This marks the second consecutive 2nd overall ranking for the California business school
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University jumps one spot in the 2019 Forbes U.S. ranking, with graduates earning an average five-year net gain of $89,600 after earning an MBA.
Harvard Business School earned its place in the top four thanks to exceptional post-grad salary increases among its students and a supreme alumni network.
After claiming the top spot in 2017, The Wharton School falls to fifth overall in the most recent Forbes ranking. Graduates from the Philadelphia metro business school witness a salary increase around $138,000 five years after earning an MBA. Wharton MBAs, on average, also had the highest annual salary prior to earning their degree.
The Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business claims the number six spot in the most recent Forbes ranking, with grads pulling in an average net gain of $82,700 five years after earning an MBA.
Columbia Business School, the highest ranked school in New York City, earned the number seven spot in the most recent Forbes ranking thanks to unanimous high marks in post-graduate salary ratings and salary increases.
MBA grads at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the second-highest ranked Boston metro business school on the biennial Forbes U.S. list, end up making a five-year net gain of $80.9 after earning an MBA, factoring in the cost of education.
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
jumped one spot on the most recent Forbes list, with graduates pulling in an average salary of $195,000 five years after earning an MBA.
After sitting just outside of the top 10, Forbes placed the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business into the top echelon of U.S. business schools, with MBA graduates earning a five-year net gain of $78,000.
#11 (tie): UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
#11 (tie): Yale School of Management
#24: BYU Marriott School of Business
#35: University of Wisconsin School of Business
#36: University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
#37: University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
#40: Purdue University Krannert School of Management
#44: William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business
#47: UMD Smith
#49: University at Buffalo School of Management
#50: University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business
#51: Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business
#52: Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
#53: University of Missouri, Columbia Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
#54: University of Tennessee, Knoxville Haslam College of Business
#57: Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management
#59: Tulane University Freeman School of Business