Financial Times Names UVA Darden Best MBA in General Management

By Dave Hendrick

Financial Times has named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the world’s best MBA for general management in its Global MBA Ranking 2016.

Darden was ranked tops for general management for the fourth year in a row, and Financial Times also ranked Darden sixth in the world in Placement success, which measures alumni’s rating of the effectiveness of the School’s career services — Darden’s Career Development Center and Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services — in supporting student recruitment.

In the overall ranking, Darden rose two places to No. 14 from No. 16 among U.S. schools. In the global ranking, Darden rose five places to No. 27 from No. 32.

The 2016 Financial Times ranking is based on two surveys, one completed by the business school and the other by alumni who graduated in 2012. The ranking measures three categories:

  • Alumni career progress
  • Diversity (faculty, student and board gender and international diversity, and international courses and opportunities offered)
  • Idea generation

Darden’s rise in the ranking reflects high notes in the area of alumni career progress. In addition to the No. 6 Placement success ranking, Darden’s 2012 alumni reported a 109 percent increase in the average difference of their salary from before their MBA to now.

In its rankings magazine issue, Financial Times also includes a feature story on Neofect, the entrepreneurial venture of two Darden graduates, Hoyoung Ban (MBA ’11) and Scott Kim (MBA ’11).

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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