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2012 Best International Business Schools

  1. London Business School Ousts INSEAD From the No. 1 Spot
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    London Business School Ousts INSEAD From the No. 1 Spot

    Since 2004, London Business School has been stuck at No. 5 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s biennial ranking of the top international business schools—a respectable showing, but nothing to write home about. This year LBS has something to write home about. In a rare, come-from-behind victory, the school has leaped ahead of four higher-ranked rivals to steal the No. 1 spot from INSEAD, the French business school that has occupied the top spot for six of the 12 years that the magazine has been ranking international programs. LBS's victory represents only the third changing-of-the-guard at the top of the international ranking and the first time ever that a U.K. school has topped the list.

    Methodology: The ranking is based on three surveys of MBA grads (2012, 2010, and 2008) with 27,523 total responses that combined contribute 45 percent to the final ranking; three surveys of MBA recruiters (2012, 2010, and 2008) with 663 total responses that combined contribute an additional 45 percent; and a review of faculty research published over a five-year period in 20 top academic journals that contributes the final 10 percent. Tuition and fees are for the entire MBA program; where applicable, nonresident figures are used. Pre-MBA pay is the median base salary for the incoming class of 2012; post-MBA pay is the median base salary for the graduating class of 2012. Job offers are the percentage of job-seeking 2012 MBA graduates reporting at least one job offer within three months of graduation. Letter grades are based on one or more questions from the 2012 student survey. A+=top 20 percent; A=next 25 percent; B=next 35 percent; C=bottom 20 percent. No D's or F's awarded.

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  2. 1. University of London
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    1. University of London

    London Business School

    2010 Rank: 5
    Tuition & Fees: $92,000
    Selectivity: NA

    Pre-MBA Pay: $80,000*
    Post-MBA Pay: $120,000*
    Job Offers: 93.1%*

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A
    Critical Thinking: A
    Leadership: A
    Classmates: A+

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    *Based on Bloomberg Businessweek survey of London Business School MBA graduates
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  3. 2. INSEAD
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    2. INSEAD

    2010 Rank: 1
    Tuition & Fees: $81,500
    Selectivity: NA

    Pre-MBA Pay: $80,000*
    Post-MBA Pay: $116,800
    Job Offers: 92%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A
    Critical Thinking: A+
    Leadership: A
    Classmates: A

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    *Based on Bloomberg Businessweek survey of INSEAD MBA graduates
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  4. 3. IE Business School
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    3. IE Business School

    2010 Rank: 3
    Tuition & Fees: $76,860
    Selectivity: 33%

    Pre-MBA Pay: $63,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $94,963
    Job Offers: 90%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+
    Critical Thinking: A+
    Leadership: A+
    Classmates: A+

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  5. 4. Queen's University
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    4. Queen's University

    Queen's School of Business

    2010 Rank: 2
    Tuition & Fees: $83,000
    Selectivity: NA

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,000*
    Post-MBA Pay: $78,300
    Job Offers: 83%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A+
    Critical Thinking: A
    Leadership: A+
    Classmates: A

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    *Based on Bloomberg Businessweek survey of Queen's MBA graduates

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  6. 5. University of Oxford
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    5. University of Oxford

    Saïd Business School

    2010 Rank: 16
    Tuition & Fees: $71,858
    Selectivity: NA

    Pre-MBA Pay: $80,000*
    Post-MBA Pay: $92,200
    Job Offers: 90%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: A
    Critical Thinking: A
    Leadership: B
    Classmates: A

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    *Based on Bloomberg Businessweek survey of Saïd MBA graduates

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  7. 6. ESADE
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    6. ESADE

    2010 Rank: 4
    Tuition & Fees: $76,310
    Selectivity: 48%

    Pre-MBA Pay: $33,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $82,550
    Job Offers: 98%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: C
    Critical Thinking: B
    Leadership: A
    Classmates: A+

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  8. 7. University of Western Ontario
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    7. University of Western Ontario

    Ivey School of Business

    2010 Rank: 6
    Tuition & Fees: $92,550
    Selectivity: NA

    Pre-MBA Pay: $60,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $89,000
    Job Offers: 90%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+
    Critical Thinking: A
    Leadership: A
    Classmates: B

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  9. 8. IESE Business School
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    8. IESE Business School

    2010 Rank: 12
    Tuition & Fees: $95,160
    Selectivity: 14%

    Pre-MBA Pay: $42,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $105,000
    Job Offers: 90%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A+
    Critical Thinking: A+
    Leadership: A+
    Classmates: A

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  10. 9. IMD
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    9. IMD

    2010 Rank: 7
    Tuition & Fees: $91,588
    Selectivity: 33%

    Pre-MBA Pay: $71,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $140,648
    Job Offers: 77%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A
    Critical Thinking: A+
    Leadership: A+
    Classmates: A+

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  11. 10. McGill University
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    10. McGill University

    Desautels Faculty of Management

    2010 Rank: 11
    Tuition & Fees: $74,450
    Selectivity: 31%

    Pre-MBA Pay: $55,250
    Post-MBA Pay: $86,550*
    Job Offers: 95%

    Students Rate the Program:
    Career Services: C
    Teaching: B
    Critical Thinking: C
    Leadership: C
    Classmates: B

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    *Average post-MBA pay

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