For the second consecutive time and just the third in 21 years of rankings, the Financial Times named Stanford Graduate School of Business the best full-time MBA in the world. Stanford’s arch-rival, Harvard Business School, captured second place on the 2019 list, gaining three places from its year-earlier rank of fifth, as it jumped over INSEAD, Wharton and London Business School.
- INSEAD came in third, Wharton fourth, with CEIBS of China rounding out the top five. For China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, it was the highest ranking ever achieved by an Asian school in the Financial Times ranking.
- Saïd Business School jumped 14 spots, more than any other Top 25
- Judge Business School, fell three places to rank 16th. In 2017, Cambridge’s one-year MBA program was ahead of Oxford by 28 positions, ranking fifth versus Oxford’s 33rd.
- Darden School of Business moved into the Top 25, ranking 23rd from 32nd only a year ago.
- IE sank to 31st, the school’s weakest showing since 2002 when IE finished 35th, and significantly below its eighth-place finish in the world in 2017
Seven MBA programs fell off the list, replaced by seven new business schools
- Alliance Manchester, fell 23 places to rank 59th from 35th
- Lancaster, dropped 21 places to end up 91st from 70th
- Krannert School of Management plunged 20 places to finish 75th from 55th last year.
- Indian Institute of Management at Calcutta soared 29 places to rank 49th from 78th.
- WHU’s Otto Beisheim School of Management improved by 23 places to rank 71st from 94th.
- Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management and Durham University Business School both advanced 21 places to rank 52nd and 43rd, respectively.