US News & World Report has come out with its annual rankings of graduate business schools. This year’s ranking is a bit different from last year’s with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Harvard University’s Harvard Business School flipping slots. This year, Stanford GSB took home the top prize. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’ Sloan School of Management is also on the rise, capping the year with a 3rd place ranking (Sloan placed 5th last year and 4th the year before).
It’s important to note that for graduate business schools, the rankings in various publications often differ rather significantly. For instance, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business placed 7th in this year’s US News & World Report ranking, 8th the previous year, and 7th the year before that. But Tuck ranked 2nd in The Economist‘s ranking in the last few years and on four occasions, the school held the top slot in The Wall Street Journal‘s rankings.
So which graduate business school rankings hold the most clout? Well, that’s for you to decide but, in our experience, applicants to top MBA programs tend to take a close look at the US News & World Report as well as The Wall Street Journal rankings.
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