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Ten Biggest Surprises In U.S. News’ MBA Ranking

Source | https://poetsandquants.com : BY JOHN A. BYRNE

Every ranking brings surprises, and today’s new U.S. News & World Report list of the top MBA programs is no exception. Schools rise and fall, some MBA programs disappear altogether, and methodologies change. Here are the top surprises in the 2019 U.S. News MBA ranking.

Chicago Booth gains first place in U.S. News‘ annual MBA ranking for the first time ever, sharing the top spot with Harvard Business School

1. Chicago’s Surprise First Place Finish

The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is no stranger to ranking wins — at least not since Edward “Ted” Snyder was dean of the school from 2001 to 2010. Snyder set the school on a solid trajectory with great forward momentum after his departure. From 2006 to 2012, the school’s MBA program was ranked first on consecutive Businessweek lists. It has also placed first in seven of The Economist MBA rankings, including for five straight years from 2012 to 2016.

But this is the first time Booth climbed to the top of a U.S. News MBA ranking. It did so, moreover, on the back of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which had claimed a first-place tie last year with Harvard Business School. This year Booth replaced Wharton to share the No. 1 title with Harvard, while Wharton fell into third place, exactly where Booth was a year ago.

There are plenty of reasons for Booth’s success. Flush with money, the school has been able to attract some of the world’s best MBA students with significant scholarship gifts and recruit and retain some of the best faculty anywhere. Eight business school profs at Chicago have won Nobels: George Stigler in 1982, Merton Miller in 1990, Ronald Coase in 1991, Gary Becker in 1992, Robert Fogel in 1993, Myron Scholes in 1997, Eugene Fama in 2013, and Richard Thaler last year. Among the world’s business schools, no other institution can claim more faculty who have won the prestigious honor.

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

2. Michigan’s Ross School Cracks Top Ten In Seventh Place

The other big news in this year’s U.S. News ranking is the emergence of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Ross not only cracked the Top Ten for the first time in 14 years — it finished seventh overall, jumping four places from its rank of 11th last year. To do that, the school had to jump over Columbia Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, and Yale’s School of Management. No small feat. It is the highest rank achieved by Michigan in the U.S. News ranking since 1999.

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