MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Information Technology

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As part of the 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek asked MBAs from the Class of 2012 to tell us, via an online survey, about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singled out specific aspects of the business program and asked the students to rate them on a scale from “poor” to “outstanding.” Over the next few weeks, we will publish the final top-10 list—the top B-schools for e-business—followed by the entire specialty MBA ranking, including each of the 82 ranked schools.

Today we look at information technology (IT). The ranking is based on student responses to the question asking them to rank their program’s coverage of information technology, an area where few schools truly excel. Points are awarded for each response—one point for “poor” through six points for “outstanding”—and then averaged for each school. The average IT score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.02. At the top of the list, Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business stands alone, posting an average score of 5.70.

Tepper benefits from being part of a university that is heavily invested in technology. Business students interested in IT have the option of taking electives within Tepper like “Strategic IT,” “Big Data,” and “Data Mining,” as well as courses offered in the School of Computer Science, the Software Engineering Institute, and the Heinz School of Public Policy. Nineteen percent of the Tepper MBA Class of 2012 chose a concentration in IT, and just over 20 percent of grads take tech positions upon graduation at companies like Amazon and Google.

Following Tepper is MIT’s Sloan School of Management, another MBA program that is able to take advantage of being part of a tech-focused university community. MIT is home to the Center for Information Systems Research, and separately the MBA curriculum includes a number of IT courses, including “Generating Business Value from IT.” Additionally, MBAs interested in IT and other tech-related fields can join the Tech Club, which offers members access to company visits, specialized tech internship and job recruitment, and the annual Tech Conference.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, IE Business School in Spain, and Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management round out the top five.

Top MBA Programs by Specialty: Information Technology

1. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 5.70
2. MIT (Sloan) 5.23
3. Stanford 5.11
4. IE Business School 5.10
5. Cornell (Johnson) 4.97
6. Georgia Tech (Scheller) 4.96
7. Boston University 4.89
8. UC Berkeley (Haas) 4.79
9. NYU (Stern) 4.70
10. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 4.67

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