Powered by Career Outcomes, Darden Top 10 in New Full-Time MBA Ranking

13 October 2022

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is ranked in the Top 10 in a new ranking of Full-Time MBA programs in the United States.

Fortune ranked Darden No. 10 overall as part of its Best MBA Programs in 2022 ranking. The Darden School is also the No. 1 public MBA program on the list.

Windows at Darden top 10 MBA ranking The new ranking represents the second consecutive Top 10 ranking for Darden, which was ranked No. 9 overall and No. 1 public in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking released in September.

Fortune’s ranking methodology leans heavily on career outcomes, with 65 percent of the total ranking  comprised of median and mean base salary and placement  for each program’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2021.

The Darden Class of 2021 reported an average base salary of $144,933, a record at the time that was subsequently surpassed by the Class of 2022.

The ranking also considers a School’s “Brand Score,” a measure based on interviews with 2,500 individuals intended to measure how business professionals and hiring managers view a business school’s brand as a whole.

The final component of the ranking considers the number of alumni from each school’s MBA program who are C-suite executives at Fortune 1000 companies.

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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