U.S. News bases its MBA ranking on expert judgements about program excellence and statistical information that attempts to measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Peer assessment data was garnered from deans, program directors, and senior faculty. They were requested to evaluate the quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being marginal and 5 being outstanding.

This year, U.S. News added the GRE analytical writing score into both the full-time and part-time MBA ranking methodologies. Prior to this ranking, only the GRE quantitative and verbal scores were utilized.

Top 20 Full-time Business Schools

Rank Name Location
1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA
3 Harvard University Boston, MA
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 
3 University of Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL
6 Columbia University New York, NY
6 Northwestern University (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 
6 University of California--Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA
9 Yale University New Haven, CT 
10 Duke University (Fuqua) Durham, NC
10 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI
12 Dartmouth College (Tuck) Hanover, NH
12 New York University (Stern) New York, NY
12 University of Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA 
15 Cornell University (Johnson) Ithaca, NY 
16 University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA
17 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA
17 University of Southern California (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA
19 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC
19 University of Texas--Austin (McCombs) Austin, TX

Top 20 Part-time Business Schools 

Rank Name Location
1 University of Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL
2 University of California--Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA
3 Northwestern University (Kellogg) Evanston, IL
4 New York University (Stern) New York, NY
5 University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA
6 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI
7 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN
8 University of Texas--Austin (McCombs) Austin, TX
9 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA 
9 Emory University (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA 
9 Indiana University (Kelley) Bloomington, IN
12 Georgetown University (McDonough) Washington, DC
12 University of Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA
14 Ohio State University (Fisher) Columbus, OH
14 University of Southern California (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA 
14 Virginia Tech (Pamplin) Blacksburg, VA
17 Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) Atlanta, GA
17 Rice University (Jones) Houston, TX
17 University of Massachusetts--Amherst (Isenberg) Amherst, MA
17 University of Texas--Dallas Richardson, TX