BusinessWeek MBA Rankings for 2010

BusinessWeek MBA RankingsThis just in! Bloomberg BusinessWeek has just unveiled its new business school rankings for 2010. In a live chat, BusinessWeek editors Louis Lavelle and Geoff Gloeckler counted down the rankings of the top 30 MBA programs in the United States.

U.S. News and BusinessWeek vie for the title of most closely watched business schools rankings. While it’s debatable as to whether the BusinessWeek MBA ranking system or the U.S. News ranking system is more valid, the fact that BW’s rankings only come out every two years always makes this announcement a little extra exciting. To its credit, BusinessWeek does a good job of building up the drama with its online chat format for announcing their business school rankings.

Without further ado, here are the top 30 U.S. business schools:

1. Booth (Chicago)
2. Harvard
3. Wharton (Penn)
4. Kellogg (Northwestern)
5. Stanford
6. Fuqua (Duke)
7. Ross (Michigan)
8. Haas (UC Berkeley)
9. Columbia
10. Sloan (MIT)
11. Darden (UVA)
12. Cox (SMU)
13. Johnson (Cornell)
14. Tuck (Dartmouth)
15. Tepper (Carnegie Mellon)
16. Kenan-Flagler (UNC Chapel Hill)
17. Anderson (UCLA)
18. Stern (NYU)
19. Kelley (Indiana)
20. Broad (Michigan State)
21. Yale
22. Goizueta (Emory)
23. Georgia Tech
24. Mendoza (Notre Dame)
25. McCombs (UT Austin)
26. Marshall (USC)
27. Marriott (BYU)
28. Carlson (Minnesota)
29. Jones (Rice)
30. Mays (Texas A&M)

And here are BusinessWeek’s top 10 international programs:

2. Queen’s
3. IE Business School
5. London Business School
6. Ivey (Western Ontario)
7. IMD
8. Rotman (Toronto)
9. Schulich (York)
10. Judge (Cambridge)

How to Use The Business School Rankings
When you start researching your target MBA programs, of course it make sense to pay to the rankings. Simply by existing, the rankings influence other applicants, employers, faculty members, and other key people. However, trying to determine which is better of two programs when one program is ranked higher by BusinessWeek, and the other ranks higher in the U.S. News rankings, misses the point entirely. Use these rankings to help yourself get a feel for the “lay of the land,” to determine what level of program competitiveness you might have a shot at, and to spot programs with specific strengths you might otherwise have missed.

Then, do your own research (our free Annual Reports can help you a great deal here) and decide what programs fit you best. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!