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QS: A Ranking of Little Value

The QS rankings are out for the world’s MBA programs, and Tuck comes in 23rd in the North American division. Pardon me, but that result illustrates just how preposterous some of these rankings are. Tuck came behind such prestigious schools as the Thunderbird School of Management. See:

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Say what you want about standardized tests, but they are a proven predictor of academic success. Tuck’s 713 average GMAT score tell you a great deal of what you need to know about Tuck — a great deal more than the QS rankings — especially when compared to the 587 average score at Thunderbird. In fact, Tuck’s score was identical with #4 Wharton, and only a hair behind #1 Harvard (725) and #2 Stanford (726).

The QS ranking are determined by a survey of employers: “The ratings provide a detailed overview of the most popular business schools around the world, based on details provided to QS by over 2,000 employers who actively recruit MBA graduates.” Tuck’s small size undoubtedly hurt it. But at heart, the methodology is silly. I bet that a survey of users of music today would rank Justin Bieber ahead of Luciano Pavaorotti.


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