Financial Times MBA Rankings for 2011

MBA Rankings 2011The Financial Times has just released its new global MBA rankings for 2011. London Business School hangs on to the top spot, but Wharton has moved back into a tie for #1 after falling to #2 behind LBS last year.

Accompanying the rankings, FT release an update of its article called How to Choose a Programme, in which we’re quoted. As is always the case, we strongly advise that applicants don’t just go by the rankings when selecting their target business schools.

“Begin with the end in mind,” advises Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep in California. “Where have other students landed jobs? Call the careers office to find out which companies recruit at the school. If you’re an international student, find out how many of the recruiters are generally willing to sponsor work visas.”

As you whittle down your list of prospective schools, be sure to leave time for campus visits. Take a tour, sit in on a class, eat lunch in the dining hall, meet the professors and talk to students and alumni. “The best way to figure out whether a school is a good fit is to visit it,” says Shrum. “Most people know within the first hour whether they love a school or whether it’s just not clicking for them. The culture of the school is going to dictate how happy you are.”

Without further ado, here are the Financial Times’ top ten MBA programs for 2011:

1. London Business School
1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3. Harvard Business School
4. INSEAD
4. Stanford GSB
6. Hong Kong UST Business School
7. Columbia Business School
8. IE Business School
9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
9. IESE Business School

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2 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Any ranking that has LBS as number one for whatever reason is not reputable (even by a brit outfit). LBS is much closer to NYU/Columbia than to Harvard/Stanford. Ask any current LBS student if they would go to either HBS, Stanford or Wharton over LBS – which one would they choose? Why even bother with them – Poets and Quants rightly ranks FT ranking as the least trustworthy/credible of them all.

  2. Jeff says:

    London Business School first?! It’s definitely a top school but it isn’t number one.

    It is well known that the FT has a reputation for being more lenient towards European schools than towards US schools.

    Obviously, each ranking service will have their own subjective judgments but these rankings can be very deceptive.

    As much as they don’t wish to believe it, Britain hasn’t been #1 in anything since the Empire years.

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