Financial Times MBA Rankings

Financial Times MBA Rankings

The Financial Times offers one of the world's most comprehensive school ranking systems available, highlighting the world's premiere full-time MBA programs. The annually released ranking organizes school programs according to 20 different criteria. Check out the publication's 2019 rankings below.

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For the second year in a row, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business sits in 1st place on the Financial Times Global MBA ranking, earning top-billing as the most financially rewarding MBA in the world.

Graduates from the prestigious Silicon Valley area school enjoy the most lavish salary averages in the business school world. According to recent Financial Times data, full-time MBA grads see a typical annual salary of $228,074 USD, earning Stanford GSB the number one overall ranking for the publication's "career progress rank" metric. In addition, Stanford GSB full-time MBA grads typically see the highest rate of employment within three months of graduation in the world.

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After a surprising stumble to 5th overall in 2018, Harvard Business School managed its way back near the top, sitting at 2nd overall in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019 list.

Recent graduates pulled in an average weighted salary of $205,486 USD, which was also the second highest on this year's ranking, following Stanford GSB grads. Not surprisingly, the school also came in first place overall on the "alumni recommend rank" score, and fourth overall in the "career progress rank" scores.

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INSEAD remains the top-ranked non-U.S. business school on the newest Global MBA Ranking 2019 list for yet another consecutive year, although the France-based business school dropped from 2nd overall last year to 3d overall in 2019.

The school, which has an additional satellite campus in Singapore, boasts high marks in both the "value for money rank" category, and the "alumni recommend rank," in addition to top-five accolades in the "international mobility rank," "international course experience rank," and "languages" categories.

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The Wharton School at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, after two consecutive years in the 3rd overall spot, fell to 4th overall in 2019.

The Ivy League business institution came in third overall in the weighted salary category among all schools, with graduates earning $197,267 annually. And while the school did earn the number one overall ranking for research, Wharton tumbled slightly when it came to its career progress and career services rankings. Regardless, Wharton sports one of the most accomplished and well-connected alumni networks in the world, earning the 5th best score in the new FT ranking.

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CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) was perhaps the biggest surprise winner of the new Financial Times Global MBA ranking this year, making a surprise jump from 8th overall last year to 5th overall. Two years ago, the Shanghai business school sat just outside the top 10 at 11th overall, marking a six-spot jump in a relatively short amount of time.

The school is the highest-ranked non-U.S. and non-European school on the list; 12 spots ahead of the next-highest ranked Asain business school, the National University of Singapore Business School. Perhaps the biggest collective reason for the jump in the ranks is the all-over accolades for alumni career progress. Every single category within that criteria increased from the previous year, including a 183 percent salary increase for its graduates—the fourth best in the world, according to FT.

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The London Business School bounced back to the 6th overall spot on the newest Financial Times Global MBA ranking list, down two spots from last year. Still, LBS managed to remain the only UK school ranking in the top ten, with the next closest UK-competitors—University of Oxford: Saïd and University of Cambridge: Judge—ranking 13th and 16th, respectively.

The business school earned numerous top ten individual scores, including for its "alumni recommend rank," "international mobility rank," the "international course experience rank," and the "research rank."

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, another familiar mainstay at the top of numerous full-time MBA and business school ranking lists, earns the 7th overall spot in this year's Financial Times Global MBA ranking, falling back just one spot from 6th overall in 2018.

The highest-ranked business school in the U.S. midwest (seven spots ahead of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, also located in the Chicago metro), Booth earned numerous high-water marks for the "careers service rank" and the "alumni recommend rank;" both in the top ten, respectively. Chicago Booth full-time MBA grads earn a typical weighted annual salary of $185,861.

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MIT's Sloan School of Management, the second-highest Boston metro business school on the FT 2019 ranking, has been slowly inching up the publication's annual rankings, moving up from 13th overall in 2017, to 9th last year, and 8th in 2019.

Like many of the high-ranked U.S. business schools in the ranking, MIT's overall score was boosted by its "alumni recommend rank," which was the 4th highest in the world, according to FT. Sloan MBA grads earn an average annual weighted salary of $188,173.

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Columbia Business School, the highest-ranked business school in New York City on the 2019 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, fell from the 7th overall spot last year (and in 2017) to 9th overall this year, nearly falling out of the top ten.

While the school's "alumni recommend rank" score still managed to stay in the top ten (8th overall), the school's "careers service rank" and "career progress rank" both fell several spots, despite major increases in salary percentage increases and weighted annual salary ($184,099).

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The final school to land in the top ten in this year's Financial Times annual Global MBA ranking is San Francisco's Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley—remaining in the same spot for two consecutive yers.

Haas, like most of the schools ranked ahead of it, earned high grades for its alumni and career services. However, one particular metric in which Haas manages to stick out is a monumental jump in the "career progress" category, moving up 15 spots to 20th overall for 2019.

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