Rankings, Big Data, And Millennial MBAs: Our Top 10 Most Popular Stories Of 2017

New waves of disruption are reshaping the business school world

2017 has seen new waves of technological disruption sweep the business school world. Artificial Intelligence and big data analytics have become mainstays of the MBA curriculum at most top-ranked b-schools.

Such is the increasing popularity of specialized master’s programs, that new rankings have come out covering alternative master’s in finance and master’s in big data analytics degrees.

And the millennial MBA generation is changing the shape of MBA careers, with more MBA grads going into careers in disruptive sectors like cleantech.

Across the board, employer demand for MBAs remain strong. In January 2017, Keith Bevans, global head of consulting recruitment at Bain & Co. announced he would hire a record number of MBAs this year. He did just that—around 500 MBA grads started new careers at Bain in 2017.

2017 also saw many lower-ranked US business school’s struggle to increase their application numbers—Donald Trump’s presidency taking its toll—while the Financial Times ranked INSEAD’s full-time MBA program the best in the world for the second consecutive year.

These themes and more make up BusinessBecause’s top-10 ranking stories of 2017:


1. HEC Paris MBA Switches Careers To Land A Digital Marketing Job At Amazon

Sue Jean Tay was on the Dean's List and gave the commencement speech at her graduation. The HEC Paris MBA gave her confidence to become the business leader she always wanted to be.

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2. The 10 Best Cities For Millennial MBAs

Tech-savvy, entrepreneurially-minded, and determined to make an impact, millennials are tomorrow’s business leaders. But where should millennial MBAs put down their roots?

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3. 5 US Business Schools Blazing A Trail In Big Data Analytics

In today’s business world, big data analytics skills have become increasingly important.

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4. Inside View: Bain & Company

Global head of consulting recruitment—and Harvard B-School grad—Keith Bevans on MBAs.

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5. Artificial Intelligence And Deep Learning Are On The Business School Syllabus

Harvard, Stanford, and INSEAD add courses on managing the algorithms that help businesses make better decisions.

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6. Average GMAT Scores For The World’s Top 20 MBA Programs

GMAT scores are increasing and more incoming MBA students are taking the GRE.

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7. The 7 Best Business Schools For Careers In CleanTech

US business schools are responding to climate change with MBA programs on sustainability, renewable energy, and clean technology innovation.

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8. INSEAD Is The World’s Best B-School (Again), Says The Financial Times' MBA Ranking 2017

The French institution beat Stanford's Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School.

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9. New Rankings Reveal Best MBA, Masters In Management, Finance & Big Data Analytics Programs

US business schools lead the way in the QS Master’s in Business Analytics Rankings.

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10. Meet The African MBA Running IE Business School’s Big Data Club

Beatrice Murage moved from Kenya to pursue a dual degree—an MBA and a master’s in business analytics and big data—at Spain’s IE Business School.

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