Bloomberg Businessweek Names Harvard #1 U.S. Business School in 2017 MBA Ranking

Harvard is No. 1 for third year in a row. Pennsylvania (Wharton) is No. 2. MIT (Sloan) is No. 3

NEW YORK (November 16, 2017)—Bloomberg Businessweek today released its 2017 ranking of the best U.S. business schools, based on data compiled from more than 600 recruiters, 10,000 alumni, and 9,000 recent graduates. Harvard claims the number one spot among 85 full-time U.S. MBA programs. Pennsylvania (Wharton) is number two, and MIT (Sloan) is number three. This is the third year in a row that Harvard Business School came out on top.  HBS was rated number one by recruiters, and number three among alumni. Its graduates left with the second highest salaries.

Below are Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 top 20 U.S. full-time MBA programs (alongside their 2016 rank): 

2017 rank U.S. Business School 2016 rank
1 Harvard 1
2 Pennsylvania (Wharton) 6
3 MIT (Sloan) 7
4 Chicago (Booth) 4
5 Stanford 2
6 Duke (Fuqua) 3
7 Dartmouth (Tuck) 5
8 Northwestern (Kellogg) 9
9 Columbia 11
10 Rice (Jones) 8
11 California-Berkeley (Haas) 10
12 Michigan (Ross) 13
13 Cornell (Johnson) 16
14 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 15
15 Washington (Foster) 19
16 Yale 14
17 Virginia (Darden) 12
18 NYU (Stern) 17
19 UCLA (Anderson) 22
20 Texas-Austin (McCombs) 21


Highlights from Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 ranking:

  • The biggest gains in the top 20 were Pennsylvania (Wharton), MIT (Sloan), and Washington (Foster), all up by 4 spots.
  • Climbing into the top 20 are UCLA (Anderson) at 19 and Texas-Austin (McCombs) at 20.
  • New to the top 10 is Columbia, which rose from 11 to 9.
  • Falling out of the top 10 was California-Berkeley (Haas), which fell from 10 to 11.
  • Falling out of the top 20 was Texas A&M (Mays), which fell from 18 to 22, and Emory (Goizueta), which fell from 20 to 21.

The complete 2017 rankings of all 85 full-time U.S. MBA programs, plus the methodology, can be found here:

Interactive tables allow readers to dig into data points for each school, ranging from job placement for class of 2016 graduates to pay growth (pre-MBA, first job, and after 6 to 8 years).

The top 30 full-time U.S. MBA programs will be highlighted in the print issue of Bloomberg Businessweek on newsstands Friday, November 17, 2017. 


Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of full-time U.S. MBA programs is based on five components: (1) employer survey (35 percent of total score), in which more than 600 recruiters named the programs that best deliver the skills they seek in MBA hires; (2) alumni survey (30 percent), in which nearly 10,000 alumni who graduated from 2009 to 2011 told us how their MBAs affected their careers, their compensation over time, and their job satisfaction; (3) student survey (15 percent), in which 2017 graduates (9,461 responses) rated their programs; (4) job placement rate (10 percent), or how many MBAs seeking full-time jobs get them within three months of graduating; (5) starting salary (10 percent), or how much new MBAs make in their new jobs, adjusted for industry and regional variation. Data from the 2016 ranking were added to the survey components to diversify feedback.

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