Rankings & Reputation
UNC Kenan-Flagler is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the world and we are known for having the most innovative and comprehensive leadership program of any top school.
Bloomberg Businessweek ranked our MBA Program No. 17 in the U.S., which includes a No. 11 student ranking.
To understand what each ranking tells you, review brief descriptions of their methodologies by clicking on the name of each publication.
Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Rankings
Bloomberg Businessweek bases its 2016 MBA rankings on:
- 15 percent on surveys of recent MBA Program graduates
- 35 percent on surveys of corporate recruiters
- 30 percent on surveys of alumni
- 10 percent based on the starting compensation for the Classes of 2013-15
- 10 percent based on placement rate of the Class of 2015 three months after graduation
Forbes MBA Rankings
Forbes ranks return on investment (ROI) of MBA programs based on:
- Average 5-year increase in compensation compared to pre-MBA salary for each school's graduates
- Cost of each MBA program, including estimated foregone salary
It surveys alumni at more than100 schools and compares their earnings in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity costs (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees) and then:
- Adjusts for cost of living expenses
- Discounts earnings gains using a rate tied to money market yields
- Discounts tuition to account for students who pay in-state rates and for the non-repayable financial aid from schools
- Accounts for required fees that students must pay on top of tuition
U.S. News & World Report MBA Rankings
U.S. News & World Report bases its MBA rankings on:
- 25 percent on ratings by business school deans and MBA program directors
- 15 percent on ratings by recruiters of the schools at which they recruit
- 35 percent on placement statistics provided by each school
- 25 percent on school-reported "selectivity," the percentage of applicants the school accepts for admission
U.S. News & World Report sends surveys to all accredited MBA programs. Specialty MBA rankings are based solely on ratings by deans and program directors, who can list up to 10 MBA programs for excellence in each area listed. The 10 schools receiving the most votes appear in the ranking.