UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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. 12 in the United States, which includes a No. 6 student ranking, No. 13 employer ranking and  No. 13 faculty research ranking.

To understand what each ranking tells you, review brief descriptions of their methodologies by clicking on the name of each publication.

Publication Name Current Rank Scope
Bloomberg Businessweek 12 National
Forbes 11 National
U.S. News & World Report 18 National

Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Rankings

Bloomberg Businessweek bases its MBA rankings on:

  • 45% on surveys of recent MBA Program graduates
  • 45% on surveys of corporate recruiters based on their experiences with a school's graduates
  • 10% on "intellectual capital," which tallies points for faculty's research in specific publications

Detailed MBA Rankings Methodology

Bloomberg Businessweek surveys MBA graduates and corporate recruiters and measures faculty publications. It changed the biennial survey to annual in  2014, when it made its first major changes to its methodology since its rankings began in 1988.

In 2014, Bloomberg Businessweek asked graduating MBA classes at schools to complete an online survey to answer "the quality of academic and career development offerings, the qualities of the student body and school culture, and students' evaluations of their own skill sets." The overall student survey scores (45 percent of the overall ranking) are comprised of 2014 student data (75 percent) and 2012 student data (25 percent).

Bloomberg Businessweek also asked corporate recruiters who hire MBAs to complete an online MBA survey. The survey asked recruiters to identify and rate up to 10 schools at which they had significant recruiting experience in the last five years. It then asked recruiters to assess how well these school’s graduates performed on specific qualities important to them when they recruit MBAs and rate each school’s graduates on how effective they were once they were hired. The employer score was based equally on two components: its average rating by employers (a measure of the school’s quality); and the number of good ratings it received (a measure of the school’s reach).

Finally, Bloomberg Businessweek calculated each school's "intellectual capital" Schools were awarded points for articles authored by full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Operations Research, Information Systems Research, Journal of Finance, American Economic Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Marketing Research, Strategic Management Journal, Accounting Review, Academy of Management Journal, Production & Operations Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Consumer Research, Review of Financial Studies, Administrative Science Quarterly and Marketing Science.

Forbes MBA Rankings

Forbes ranks return on investment 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

Detailed MBA Rankings Methodology

Forbes ranks MBA programs based on return on investment (ROI) achieved by graduates. Forbes surveys alumni at over 100 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). Forbes 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% on ratings by business school deans and MBA program directors
  • 15% on ratings by recruiters of the schools at which they recruit
  • 35% on placement statistics provided by each school
  • 25% on school-reported "selectivity", the percentage of applicants the school accepts for admission

Detailed MBA Rankings Methodology

U.S. News & World Report sends surveys to all accredited MBA programs. The annual MBA ranking includes:

  • Surveys of deans and MBA program directors who rate programs (25% of the overall ranking)
  • Corporate recruiters rate the programs where they recruit (15% of the overall MBA ranking)
  • "Statistical indicators," which include placement success (35% of the overall MBA ranking) and student selectivity (25% of the overall MBA ranking)

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.

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