Forbes Best Business Schools


What It Is: This ranking focuses on one thing: Is an MBA worth it?

Why It Matters To You: Most people considering MBAs are looking for either a career change or an in increase in salary so the main factor in this ranking is the 5-year MBA gain.

Considerations: The ranking is easily sortable by location, salary increase, number of years it takes to pay back, pre- and post-salary, tuition, and GMAT score. It is also important to note that since individual returns can vary greatly, the rankings beyond the top tier tend to have more variation. Previous rankings are not easily accessible.

Created By: Forbes

Key Sample Findings

  • 2017 Ranking: Wharton reaches the top of the ranking for the first time.


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