Kellogg passes Booth to reclaim No. 1 spot in BusinessWeek executive MBA rankings

Joseph Diebold, Campus Editor

The Kellogg School of Management returned to its place at No. 1 in the biennial Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings of the best executive MBA programs, published last week.

Kellogg was the only school to ever claim the top spot until 2011, when it was displaced by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The ranking is compiled using surveys of both students and program directors.

“Now Kellogg returns to the top, thanks to a strong showing in student satisfaction and top marks from students for its teaching and curriculum,” Bloomberg wrote.

Kellogg received A+ grades for its teaching quality in finance, international business, marketing and strategy, as well as an A for sustainability. It achieved just a C in entrepreneurship. 

Kellogg was third in the 2011 rankings behind Booth and Columbia University, which dropped to sixth in the 2013 edition. MBA programs at Southern Methodist University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles rounded out the top five of this year’s list.

— Joseph Diebold