The difference between the MBA rankings

América Economía is a leading indicator for students from Latin America. The most important variables are the excellence in selecting the best candidates, the school’s relationship with Latin America, the curricular innovation and the internationalization.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes research survey consists of data gathered regarding the coursework and research at global MBA programs. Coursework data were self-reported by schools via an online survey instrument. Schools also identified faculty who have a research interest in social impact management and/or environmental management. The survey team then used independent databases to identify articles written by this faculty and published in selected academic journals.

Business Week polls the opinions of MBA graduates and corporate recruiters for 90% of a school’s rank. The final 10% is based on faculty journal publications and book reviews by certain news publications. The ranking represents customer satisfaction and trends in business and education.

The Economist ranking is a self described student-centric study. Schools provide data accounting for 80% of the ranking, while the student and alumni surveys makes up to 20%. The ranking aims to capture the satisfaction of the student with their education, career, network and increase in salary.

Forbes solely focuses on the return on investment of a MBA. They are mostly interested in the financial payoff.

The Financial Times survey assigns 40% of total score to salary. 15% is based on additional alumni survey information and the rest of the ranking is based on information provided by the schools such as gender and ethnic diversity and intellectual capital/research. Research from the two previous years is taken into account and represents 50% of the outcome of the present year. The financial times is the leading ranking in the world.

The Wall Street Journal ranks programs based solely on recruiter feedback. The recruiters rate each school based on 20 student attributes, likelihood of future recruiting with the school and the recruiter’s perception of the school and its students.

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