The Full-Time Berkeley MBA program ranked #9 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Business Schools 2017.
The ranking, published on September 25, is based on the five-year return on investment achieved by MBA graduates of 2012. It weighs the salary increases post-MBA against the opportunity costs of forgone salary, tuition, and required fees. The Berkeley MBA class of 2012 tied with Harvard’s for third highest salaries two years following graduation, after Wharton and Stanford. Its five-year ROI was $72,400.
The Berkeley MBA ranked #8 in 2015, the publication’s last ranking. Forbes has ranked the top MBA programs based on their ROI biennially since 1999.
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School topped the 2017 list of America’s best business schools. Forbes also ranked one- and two-year international programs, reported separately. All told, Forbes surveyed 17,400 alumni at 95 schools globally to gather five-year earnings data.
There are many rankings of full-time MBA programs. In U.S. News and in the Financial Times, for example, the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program ranks #7 among U.S. business schools.