The Best Business Schools In The World In 2018—Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Ranking

US business schools have had a tough year, but they dominated Bloomberg's latest MBA ranking. Why? It's all about where you can earn the most money

It has been a year that US business schools would rather forget, but a new Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of the world’s best global schools, published today, has given them something to be cheery about heading into the New Year.

US schools dominate the global list that is coveted by MBA applicants as a means to compare and contrast schools. Stanford GSB, Wharton, Harvard, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, UC Berkeley Haas, Columbia, Kellogg, and Virginia Darden lead the list, in that order.

IMD, in Switzerland, is the only non-US school to be ranked among the top-10, and only two other European schools are in the top-25—London Business School, and INSEAD.

US schools have suffered dropping application volumes for the past four consecutive years, according to data from the Graduate Management Admission Council. And the falloff has been dramatic among the two-year, full-time MBA courses, the flagship US business degrees. 

But the new Bloomberg ranking highlights one thing that US schools have that their European, Asian, and Canadian competitors cannot...

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Barbara Coward

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 19.41 (Europe/Paris)

I'm seeing that the prestige of a top MBA program in the States is still attractive to some international students. It goes beyond the brand to a sense of identity. As an MBA alumnus once said on social media: Your name will forever be attached to the university you choose. Make sure it's one that reflects who you are.

Ibikunle Olatunji

Tuesday 25th December 2018, 15.44 (Europe/Paris)

I am a Nigerian and I clocked 40 this year and one of my dreams is to pursue the MBA full time in a top US B-School by next year/ 2020- preferably among top 15 schools globally.

I have come across subtle discussions around age being a limiting factor. How true is this? Just wondering why age would be allowed to kill one's dream. Any encouraging comments on this? Impossibility is nothing!!!

Marco De Novellis

Thursday 27th December 2018, 16.42 (Europe/Paris)

Thanks for your question Ibikunle! You're never too old for an MBA. Check out our recent article on exactly that:

Do keep up with our Applicant Question of the Week feature where every week we give you the opportunity to ask one of our chosen admissions experts anything you want to know about getting into business school:

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