Berkeley Haas rises to #6 in Businessweek’s Best B-Schools ranking

Businessweek Best B-Schools logoBerkeley Haas rose to #6 in Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Best B-Schools ranking of U.S.-based full-time MBA programs, the highest spot ever for the school in this ranking.

Businessweek‘s 30th annual ranking is based on surveys from almost 27,000 MBA students, alumni, and recruiters, along with data on compensation and job placement. Haas performed strongly this year in several categories, ranking #4 in entrepreneurship, #10 in starting salaries, and #10 in networking. Last year, the publication ranked Haas #11 overall.

Businessweek has significantly adjusted its ranking methodology over the past few years and made additional changes this year, noting the changes mean this year’s results are not directly comparable to prior years. Since 2015, the ranking has taken into account job placement and compensation, using data provided by the business schools and by alumni who are six-to-eight years post-graduation. That’s in addition to its customary poll of MBA employers and of the most recent graduating full-time MBA class (2018).

The publication asked employers, alumni, and recent grads to weight the importance of each of the ranking’s four categories/indexes. Based on the results, Businessweek weighted the four categories as follows to calculate schools’ overall ranking:

Compensation: 38.5%
Networking: 27.9%
Learning: 23.1%
Entrepreneurship: 10.5%

This year’s Businessweek Best B-Schools of U.S.-based full-time MBA programs is based on surveys of 10,400 students, 15,000 alumni, and 1,170 corporate recruiters, along with compensation and job-placement data from each school. A full global ranking will be published on December 11.