BusinessWeek Top 20 MBA – Over the Years

BusinessWeek has published the definitive ranking of US business schools since 1988. Between rankings, B-schools have changed deans, altered curriculums, stressed new expertise among their grads, and attracted or lost recruiters. Occasionally, the publication has also changed its methodology, most recently in 2015. Such shifts have prompted interesting moves in the magazine’s B-school rankings.

In the table below, you can see how the leading U.S. programs have fared over the years.

Please note that the table includes only the schools that have ever ranked within the top 20 as per BusinessWeek.

Click on the year to change the sorting.

2015 RankSchool2014 Rank2012 Rank2010 Rank2008 Rank2006 Rank2004 Rank2002 Rank2000 Rank1998 Rank1996 Rank1994 Rank1992 Rank1990 Rank1988 Rank
1Harvard Business School82224533545332
2Chicago Booth3111122103832411
3Northwestern Kellogg75433112232111
4MIT Sloan149109796415910131115
5The Wharton School23342351111424
6Columbia Business School51397108776689814
7Stanford GSB445664411974759
8Duke Fuqua16689119571111121310
9UC Berkeley Haas19148108171318161319181917
10Michigan Ross98755686426576
11Yale SOM6212124192214192022N.A.N.A.N.A.19
12Virginia Darden2010111615121291151211147
13UCLA Anderson111817141214161212129161016
14Dartmouth Tuck1512141211101016101013663
15Emory Goizueta1822222323202228N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
16Cornell Johnson13713111371188181514165
17UNC Kenan-Flagler121716171716181519191810128
18Carnegie Mellon Tepper101115191615191414171417913
19Rice Jones253429N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
20Washington Foster37373127N.A.2324231717N.A.20N.A.N.A.
21Austin McCombs2319252120192117182017N.A.18N.A.
24NYU Stern2216181314131513131416151718
25USC Marshall21282625N.A.27172425N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
28Indiana Kelley16151915181820202115781512
31Notre Dame Mendoza2920242026N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
32SMU Cox32291218N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
33Maryland Smith1724422625282527N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
34Vanderbilt Owen30253730N.A.3028N.A.24N.A.19N.A.N.A.N.A.
53Purdue Krannert434141Second TierN.A.21262524N.A.20N.A.N.A.N.A.
Here’s a chart that tracks the schools’ ranks over time: you can examine which B-schools are on an upward climb, or a downward spiral.

You can click on the school name to highlight its progression over time.