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At a time when Silicon Valley can now boast an HBO television show that pays homage to the pervasive startup culture that defines the region, Stanford nudged aside Harvard Business School for the first time since P&Q’s composite ranking debuted in 2010.

Rounding out the top five programs was the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in third place, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in fourth, and Columbia Business School in New York in fifth. For the first time in five years, Wharton pushed ahead of Chicago Booth to claim its No. 3 position.

In a separate ranking of full-time MBA programs outside the U.S., London Business School repeated its first place finish for the fourth time in five years. INSEAD came in second, while IMD finished in third place. Two business schools in Spain–No. 4 IE Business School in Madrid and No. 5 IESE Business School in Barcelona–completed the top five non-U.S. MBA programs.

Unlike other rankings, the Poets&Quants composite list combines the latest five most influential business school rankings in the world: U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Financial Times, and The Economist. 

Instead of merely averaging the five, each ranking is separately weighted to account for our view of their authority and credibility. (U.S. News is given a weight of 35%, Forbes, 25%, while both the FT andBusinessweek is given a 15% weight, and The Economist, 10% weight.)

Combining the five most influential rankings doesn’t eliminate the flaws in each system, but it does significantly diminish them. When an anomaly pops on one list due to either faulty survey technique or biased methodology, bringing all the data together tends to suppress it. So the composite index tones down the noise in each of these five surveys to get more directly at the real signal that is being sent.

 The upshot: The list is far more stable–and reliable–than most rankings published elsewhere, taking into account a massive wealth of quantitative and qualitative data captured in these major lists, from surveys of corporate recruiters, MBA graduates, deans and faculty publication records to median GPA and GMAT scores of entering students as well as the latest salary and employment statistics of alumni.

This year, 25 of the top 30 schools had either an identical position as they had last year and experienced a change of only one place up or down. The stability in the list is reflective of the fact that from year to year, MBA programs rarely change dramatically. 

More consequential change may occur over a number of years as a program improves and that improvement becomes more generally recognized by stakeholders.

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2014 — 1 to 25

School Name2013 RankIndexUS
The Economist
#1Stanford GSB2100.011427
#2Harvard Business School199.313814
#3UPenn (Wharton)499.214239
#4Chicago (Booth)398.842361
#5Columbia Business School795.487548
#6Northwestern (Kellogg)595.2657912
#7MIT (Sloan)693.551214510
#8Dartmouth (Tuck)893.29615122
#9Duke (Fuqua)991.814811018
#10UC-Berkeley (Haas)1091.67141985
#11Michigan (Ross)1191.0111091315
#12Yale School of Management1789.713186714
#13Virginia (Darden)1388.8111520163
#14UCLA (Anderson)1488.41613111411
#15Cornell (Johnson)1188.0179131517
#16New York (Stern)1587.2102322116
#17Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)1685.91816101816
#18North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)1885.81911121725
#19Texas-Austin (McCombs)1982.61521232123
#20Emory (Goizueta)2181.72024182213
#20Indiana (Kelley)2081.72119162422
#22Georgetown (McDonough)2276.42333242026
#23Washington (Foster)2474.12527373121
#24Washington (Olin)2373.92234263428
#25Vanderbilt (Owen)2572.12539303220

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2014 — 26 to 50

School Name2013 RankIndexUS
The Economist
#26Southern California (Marshall)2871.22737213536
#27Rice (Jones)2771.13341251924
#28Ohio State2671.02736343619
#30Maryland (Smith)2967.54142172630
#31Brigham Young (Marriott)4367.127172746NR
#32Penn State (Smeal)666.54126403335
#33Rochester (Simon)3765.93738382934
#34Texas A&M (Mays)3465.137304238NR
#35Michigan State (Broad)3864.935223327NR
#36Minnesota (Carlson)3664.333253628NR
#36Notre Dame (Mendoza)3264.3232929NR27
#38Georgia Institute of Technology3163.727352837NR
#39Purdue (Krannert)4159.740284330NR
#41Arizona State (Carey)4257.72760674429
#42Boston University4056.44544573941
#43Pittsburgh (Katz)6155.95248354043
#45Wake Forest4652.95843464737
#46UC-Irvine (Merage)4652.145613125NR
#47Southern Methodist (Cox)3949.8553132NR48
#48Boston College (Carroll)4548.945515242NR
#49Iowa (Tippie)3548.3512075NR40
#50Georgia (Terry)4945.6484950NR42

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2014 — 51 to 75

School Name2013 RankIndexUS
The Economist
#51Florida (Hough)4844.6416348NR45
#52Arizona (Eller)5840.4485768NR47
#53Tulane (Freeman)5939.563546445NR
#54South Carolina (Moore)5138.1555371NR51
#56Temple (Fox)6236.34859NRNR33
#57UC-San Diego (Rady)6736.260NR514349
#58George Washington5033.665NR535044
#59Northeastern (D’Amore-McKim)5633.2525573NRNR
#60Texas-Dallas (Jindal)7431.837NR41NRNR
#61Missouri (Trulaske)5530.8585870NRNR
#62Case Western (Weatherhead)5230.8656284NR46
#63Utah (Eccles)6929.1636561NRNR
#64Babson College5327.365NR5848NR
#65William & Mary (Mason)6026.8824759NRNR
#66Buffalo (SUNY)5725.07440NRNRNR
#67Alabama (Manderson)6623.8745682NRNR
#68Texas Christian (Neeley)6323.176NR49NR38
#69Pepperdine (Graziadio)8322.7766963NRNR
#69Cincinnati (Lindner)NR22.760NR47NRNR
#71Louisiana State (Ourso)7121.96567NRNRNR
#72North Carolina State (Jenkins)7819.965NR54NRNR
#75Colorado (Leeds)7618.0807083NRNR

Poets&Quants’ 2014 Top 100 MBA Programs In The U.S.

by John A. Byrne on 

The Definitive List Of The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs of 2014 — 76 to 100

School Name2013 RankIndexUS
The Economist
#77Baylor (Hankamer)8616.465NR77NRNR
#78Arkansas (Walton)8416.355NRNRNRNR
#79Oklahoma (Price)8515.965NR80NRNR
#80Baruch (CUNY)7515.68266NRNRNR
#81University of Miami8114.5966872NANA
#82San Diego State7714.38764NRNRNR
#83Syracuse (Whitman)7212.779NR69NRNR
#84Rollins (Crummer)8012.4NR52NRNRNR
#85Iowa State869.973NRNRNRNR
#86Texas Tech (Rawls)NR9.187NR74NRNR
#87Binghamton (SUNY)918.976NRNRNRNR
#88Delaware (Lerner)NR7.480NRNRNRNR
#89Florida InternationalNR6.8NRNR56NRNR
#91Houston (Bauer)NR6.792NR78NRNR
#92DePaul (Kellstadt)985.785NRNRNRNR
#93Claremont (Drucker)NR5.087NRNRNRNR
#93Rensselaer PolytechnicNR5.087NRNRNRNR
#93University at Albany (SUNY)955.087NANANANA
#97Hofstra (Zarb)NR3.3NRNR79NRNR
#98Illinois-Chicago (Liautaud)NR3.292NRNRNRNR
#98West VirginiaNR3.292NRNRNRNR

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