Financial Times MBA Rankings for 2014

FT MBA Rankings

The Financial Times MBA rankings are based on a complex ranking system that measures schools according to multiple factors. Unlike other popular MBA ranking systems, the Financial Times includes business schools from around the globe rather than just the US. If you are hoping to attend one of the best MBA schools in the world, the FT MBA rankings can help factor into your decision.

FT MBA Rankings

Top 10 MBA Schools in 2014

Below are the top 10 business schools in 2014, according to the Financial Times.

  1. Harvard Business School
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  3. London Business School
  4. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
  5. Columbia Business School
  7. IESE Business School
  8. MIT: Sloan
  9. University of Chicago: Booth
  10. Yale School of Management

Criteria and Methodology

The 2014 Financial Times MBA rankings are based on surveys of business schools and their alumni. The following are some of the metrics used:

  • Weighted salary: Average salary three years after graduation
  • Salary increase: Average difference in salary before the MBA and now
  • Value for money: Calculated using course length, fees, salary today, lost income during MBA, and other factors
  • Aims achieved: The extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals for pursuing an MBA
  • Placement success: Effectiveness of school in supporting student recruitment
  • Employed at three months: Percentage of most recent graduating class who found employment or accepted a job offer within three months of graduating

The Financial Times also evaluates MBA programs based on the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation, and the diversity of its faculty and student body.

Winners in the 2014 Financial Times MBA Rankings

US Schools Performed Well

US business schools did exceptionally well in the 2014 rankings. In fact, of the 12 schools that gained the most ground in 2014, 10 were business schools in the US.

Dramatic Jumps for UW, BU, and USC

The University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Boston University’s business school both jumped 20 places, finishing at 58th and 75th, respectively. Another school with a dramatically improved ranking this year was the University of Southern California’s Marshall School, which ranked in 65th place, compared to 82nd place in 2013.

Notable Improvements for Yale, UVa, and UNC

Other notable improvements include the Yale School of Management, which climbed four spots to 10th place—marking Yale’s first time in the top 10 in seven years. The Darden School at the University of Virginia climbed eight spots to 27th and the Kenan-Flagler school at the University of North Carolina climbed 12 spots to 32nd place.

Schools That Took a Hit in This Year’s Rankings

The Biggest Drop Went to The University College Dublin

The University College Dublin’s Smurfit School, dropped 27 places to a ranking of 91, which was the biggest drop that any school experienced this year.

Notable Drops for Vlerick and CUHK

The second biggest drop in rankings is attributed to the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, which plummeted 16 places and barely made it into the top 100. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School had a ranking of 27 in 2013, but it did not even make the list this year.

Using the Rankings to Help Evaluate Your Options

The Financial Times MBA rankings are well respected in the industry and can help you evaluate business schools around the world. Pursuing an MBA will likely be one of the biggest investments of time and money that you will ever make. Consider the FT rankings carefully when choosing an MBA program to be sure that you are making the right choice for your needs.