What are rankings?

League tables and rankings sell newspapers, and as a result business school rankings tend to be media-driven. Publications that currently produce rankings include The Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Schools that are regularly featured tend to be of a certain standard, but the Association of MBAs has serious concerns and debates the validity of these tables.

The methodology and criteria used to rank schools varies widely from publication to publication, and the differences and discrepancies between the tables often cause confusion.

There is no 'number one business school' but there will be a school that works for you and your needs. The best course of action is to look for independent and impartial MBA programme accreditation as a true mark of quality and talk directly to the school and its alumni about their experiences and achievements.

Further reading on rankings: