Thinking about going to business school before launching your company? Regardless of how you feel about the value of an MBA, you have to give credit where credit is due.
Businessweek just released its list of the best business schools, after surveying its largest pool to date: 85 full-time MBA programs in the U.S., and 27 internationally. The 2012 winner, Chicago's Booth School for Business, slipped down to number 3 this year. And the dark-horse--Duke's Fuqua School of Business, which ranked 6th in 2012--outpaced giants such as Harvard, Wharton and Stanford to snag the coveted top spot.
The schools were ranked using three critera: Student satisfaction (45 percent of the ranking), employer satisfaction (45 percent), and faculty expertise (10 percent.)
You may still be wondering if getting an MBA is worth it--and certainly, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that the value of a business school degree isn't enough to justify the cost. (Just ask entrepreneurial icons Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.)
For those who are ready to take the plunge, here are the top 10 programs voted most likely to help you succeed:
- Duke (Fuqua)
- Pennsylvania (Wharton)
- Chicago (Booth)
- Northwestern (Kellogg)
- Michigan (Ross)
- Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
Be sure to check out the complete list.
Corrections and Amplifications: A previous version of this article misstated the range of the Businessweek MBA survey. The survey is conducted every two years.