For Fifth Consecutive Year, Financial Times Names UVA Darden Best MBA in General Management

01 February 2017

By Jay Hodgkins

In its Global MBA Ranking 2017, Financial Times ranked the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the world’s best MBA for general management for the fifth year in a row (2013–17).

Darden also ranked 10th in the world for effectiveness of its career services, and alumni surveyed from the Class of 2013 reported a 111 percent increase in salary from before their MBA to now — the highest salary increase among Darden alumni surveyed for the ranking in four years.

In the overall ranking, Darden fell two places to No. 16 from No. 14 among U.S. schools. Among all MBA programs globally, Darden fell to No. 35 from No. 27.

The 2017 Financial Times ranking is based on two surveys, one completed by the business school and the other by alumni who graduated in 2013. The ranking measures three categories:

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

As Darden pursues a strategy to amplify its global presence, the School rose nine places in Financial Times’ ranking for international course experience. Darden is enabling more students to participate in Darden Worldwide Courses. This year, a record of more than 400 students will participate in study in more than 24 countries.

The Financial Times list is one of two primary global rankings of MBA programs. The Economist named Darden the No. 3 MBA program in the world and No. 1 for best education experience in its latest global ranking.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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