November 29, 2011 09:00 ET's MBA Ranking Analysis Gives Prospective MBA Students Insight Into Which Rankings Work Best

PARAMUS, NJ--(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2011) - It's that time of year again when MBA school application deadlines loom on the horizon and MBA seekers are finalizing which schools they intend to apply to. In order to assist degree seekers in meeting their post-secondary education goals,, the web's premier guide to MBA programs, has published a comparative analysis of MBA school rankings from five of the most reputable business publications.

The ranking analysis, which examines the underlying methodologies used to create the 2010 rankings for each publication, found that private universities and Ivy League colleges dominated each individual ranking system, with four of the Ivy League colleges appearing on every list. By comparison, only a single non-Ivy program was also included on every ranking.

In addition to trends in top MBA programs,'s analysis also draws connections between an individual publication's rankings and the process it used to determine them.

"This type of insight provides an important rule of thumb for students at a crucial stage in the MBA school selection process," said Melissa Silverstein, editor. "By examining the methodologies each publication uses to create the rankings, students gain a valuable foundation on which to build their educational choices."

The values used when creating rankings vary significantly by publication. Some determine rankings based solely on earning comparisons of MBA students that graduated five years ago, while others incorporate biyearly surveys of MBA graduates and recruiters.

"A student interested purely in the return on investment of a degree may want to place more emphasis on rankings that relies heavily on the earnings comparisons of MBA graduates," said Silverstein. "On the other hand, a person that's concerned about their education experience would want to look at publication that values MBA graduate surveys and faculty reviews highly."

About is the web's premier guide to MBA programs and helps to connect post-secondary education seekers with the information and advice they need make informed decisions about their future. Launched in March 2010, the website hosts hundreds of articles on the MBA admissions process, salary information and advice about both online and campus-based MBA programs.

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