Top 10 MBA programs in the U.S.

Which B-schools deliver the best results? Here's this year's Poets&Quants ranking of the best MBA programs in the U.S.

1. Harvard Business School
best bschools harvard
Index: 100.0
2011 rank: 1
Median GMAT: 730
Acceptance rate: 13%
Median starting salary: $120,000
Recommended two-year budget: $164,000

Harvard Business School is synonymous with the MBA degree. It's hard to beat the cache of the HBS degree which is one reason the school receives more applications to its MBA program than any other in the U.S.

More chief executives and presidents have had their MBAs issued by Harvard than any other school. And Harvard has become a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity as well.

Methodology: Poets&Quants' composite list combines the five most influential business school rankings in the world: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. Instead of merely averaging the five, each ranking is separately weighted to account for our view of their authority and credibility. (The BusinessWeek, Forbes and U.S. News lists are given a weight of 25% each, while the FT is given a 15% weight and The Economist is given a 10% weight).
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 11 2012 12:20 PM ET
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