The Stanford University Graduate School of Business surpassed Harvard Business School for the top spot in U.S. News's 2012 rankings of Best Business Schools. Stanford had tied with Harvard for the lead spot for the past three years, but was able to claim sole possession this year as Harvard's overall score slipped to 98 from the 100 that had become commonplace for the Cambridge, Mass. institution.
which has the third-ranked international program this year and is tied
for third in the overall rankings, and the Yale University School of Management,
tied for 10th overall, have made sweeping changes to their curricula to
better prepare students to approach their careers with an international
mindset. The Thunderbird School of Global Management is this year's top-ranked international M.B.A. program, followed by the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.
[Read more about the changes in b-school curricula.]
Though Stanford's ascent carries significance, other business
programs made bigger jumps in the rankings from last year to this year.
The University of California—Davis Graduate School of Management leapt 14 spots from a tie at 42nd to a tie at 28th; the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management jumped from a tie at 36th to a tie at 28th; and the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business climbed from a tie at 39th last year to a tie at 34th in the 2012 rankings.
[See 10 b-schools on the rise.]
M.B.A. hiring has begun a gradual turnaround, but was stagnant during
the recession. Executive M.B.A.s, on the other hand, fared much better
during the economic tumult and are continuing to flourish as the market
improves, though E.M.B.A.s typically cost a great deal more than a
traditional, full-time M.B.A., forcing many to rely on an employer to
subsidize the education. The Wharton School once again topped the
executive M.B.A. list, and the remainder of the top five stayed the
same, though the University of Chicago Booth School of Business captured the second spot from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, which placed third.
[Read more about executive M.B.A.s]
A growing number of ranked business schools are tapping into their
on-campus resources in the hopes of creating online M.B.A. programs that
are on par with their well-regarded traditional offerings. This fall,
the 19th ranked University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
will launch a comprehensive online degree program that is instructed by
the very professors that teach on campus. Similar programs have long
been in place at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which is tied for 23rd this year, and Pennsylvania State University, which is tied for 40th.
[Learn more about prominent online M.B.A. programs.]
U.S. News also ranked part-time programs, which, like online
and E.M.B.A. programs, are convenient for those who don't want or can't
afford to take time off from work as they further their graduate
business education. Northwestern, Chicago, and the University of
California—Berkeley Haas School of Business once again garnered the top three spots in the part-time M.B.A. rankings.