Business School Rankings
Among the organizations that rank MBA programs, we have decided to report to the Yale SOM community on five major rankings: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.
Below you will find the most recent results and brief descriptions of their methodologies.
Kerwin K. Charles
Indra K. Nooyi Dean, Yale School of Management
Forbes magazine has ranked Yale SOM 11th among major U.S. business schools based on the school’s “return on investment.” To calculate the ROI, Forbes surveyed graduates who received MBAs in 2014. Forbes compared their earnings in their first five years after business school to their opportunity cost (two years of forgone compensation, tuition, and required fees).
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Yale SOM 9th in its annual ranking of U.S. business schools. The ranking is based on opinion and statistical indicators collected in fall 2018. The opinion component includes a survey of participating business school deans and directors and a survey of participating MBA recruiters, which is weighted by recruiter responses from the previous two years. The statistical indicators include “inputs” such as GPA, GMAT/GRE scores, and acceptance rate, and “outputs” such as the salaries students command after graduation and the length of time it takes them to find jobs. Yale SOM has maintained the top position in the nonprofit specialty ranking.
The Financial Times has ranked Yale SOM 11th globally, and 8th among U.S. schools, in its annual ranking of 100 full-time global MBA programs. This ranking is based on alumni career progression, school and program diversity, and idea generation.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek has ranked Yale SOM 11th in its annual list of the top full-time U.S. MBA programs. This year’s ranking methodology was based on employer, alumni and student survey responses across four weighted categories: compensation (38.5%), networking (27.9%), learning (23.1%), and entrepreneurship (10.5%) as well as compensation and job-placement data from each school. Yale SOM has ranked 12th in their December 2018 ranking of full-time global MBA programs.
The Economist ranked Yale SOM 14th globally in its October 2018 ranking of 100 full-time global MBA programs. In addition, The Economist ranked the school’s MBA for Executives program 1st globally in its July 2018 ranking of executive MBA programs. Both rankings are based on opening of new career opportunities, personal development and educational experience, increase in salary, and potential to network.