BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Full-Time MBA Program at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business continues to move up in rankings from the Financial Times, moving from 40th to 38th worldwide and from 22nd to 18th among U.S. schools.
As with the Economist’s rankings released last month, several MBA programs chose not to participate, but fewer opted out of the FT’s rankings. The UK-based business publication again included 100 schools in its survey.
Kelley has progressively shown improvement in the FT rankings in recent years, having been ranked 57th worldwide in 2018 and 43rd two years ago. This year, the school moved up to sixth among all U.S. public institutions and remains third in the Big Ten.
Beyond the overall numbers, a couple of other statistics help to explain the momentum. The FT’s ranking methodology involves 20 data points, including salary increases for alumni, international mobility and percentages of female and international faculty.
The Financial Times also ranked the Kelley School eighth for research, moving up from 15th a year ago. Another key strength for Kelley – particularly during these challenging times – is career services and the school was ranked sixth worldwide.
Kyle Cattani, MBA Program chair, SungKyunKwan Professor and professor of operations management, said he, the Full-Time MBA Program team and faculty view this news as an acknowledgement of their efforts during an extraordinary time.
“We are committed to providing the best experience possible for our students. For example, in this past challenging year of COVID, we worked diligently to have our fall, first-year classes entirely in person,” Cattani said. “We appreciate when positive rankings reflect our efforts. We are always pleased to be recognized by the Financial Times as one of the top MBA programs in the world.”
The FT rankings are a popular guide across Europe and Asia and are well respected among international students.