Forbes Updates MBA Rankings for 2017

Wharton takes the top spot from Stanford; for international MBAs, IMD and LBS lead

Forbes has released the 2017 edition of its Biennial MBA rankings.

The publication divides its MBA rankings into three lists: top US programs; top one-year, non-US programs, and top two-year, non-US programs.

For the ranking of US-based MBA programs, Wharton leads the list, taking the top spot from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which drops to number two. Wharton's lead was buoyed by its MBAs' strong salaries: for its class of 2012, graduates' 5-year salary gain was $97,100. 

Harvard Business School takes spot number three, and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business round out the top-five, in that order.

In terms of the top one-year international MBA programs, Switzerland's IMD Business School leads the list. The five-year salary gain for its MBA class of 2012 was $194,700. Insead ranks second in this ranking, and is followed by Spain's IE Business School. The University of Cambridge's Judge Business School and Italy's SDA Bocconi round out the top five international one-year MBA programs.

For two-year international MBA programs, London Business School's MBA leads the list, for the fifth time in a row. Its MBA class of 2012 currently makes about $212,000 in total compensation today. Spain's IESE Business School takes the second position, also for the fifth time in a row. CEIBS' MBA program took the third position, while HEC Paris and ESADE Business School round out the top-five non-US two-year MBA programs.

To rank these MBA programs, Forbes looked at salary data from each school's class of 2012, among other factors. For this ranking, the publication surveyed more than 100 schools and surveyed 17,500 alumni. The heard back from about 25 percent of the surveyed alumni.

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