The Financial Times Ranks Cornell University’s Johnson School Among World’s Top 10 MBA Programs

By: Sarah Magnus-Sharpe
Cornell Johnson School building

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management , part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is now ranked the 9th MBA program worldwide and retains its position as 5th in the United States among 100 of the top business schools in The Financial Times’ 2024 Global MBA Ranking. The 100-ranked MBA programs represent the top 4% of the more than 2,500 MBA programs.

The rankings are based on data provided by participating schools and alumni, with significant weighting given to salary and salary increase three years after completion, as well as academic research output, career services, and overall satisfaction.

“With some volatility in the rankings among the top 15 schools it’s encouraging to see that the Johnson School retains its position in the top 10,” said Andrew Karolyi, Charles Field Knight dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. “We’re pleased to see ongoing improvements to FT’s methodology, specifically in the area of sustainability, to include a carbon footprint rank and an ESG and Net Zero Teaching Rank.”

In the area of weighted salary for 2023 Two-year MBA graduates, this criteria in the FT Ranking showed an increase. Of the 306 Two-Year MBA graduates in the class of 2023, 285 were seeking full-time employment and 93 percent obtained a job within three months of graduation. On a related note, the Career Services area received a ranking of 7th among all schools.

“Rankings provide important feedback, and we acknowledge there is always room for improvement,” said Vishal Gaur, Anne and Elmer Lindseth dean, Johnson School. “We are committed to reviewing the rankings’ feedback and continuously enhancing our degree program offerings.”

Faculty research accounted for 10% of the ranking and Cornell Johnson ranked 6th. An example of the college’s efforts in the area of research is the annual Research with Impact Report. This compendium focuses on elevating research strengths and amplifying them to the broader community.

Related to the alumni survey data which accounted for 40% of the weight, the Cornell Johnson Alumni Network was ranked 3rd among all participating business schools.

All schools that participate in the Financial Times MBA Ranking are periodically subject to an audit of submitted data. The Johnson School was audited by KPMG last year and successfully completed that process.