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Texas McCombs MBA Holds Steady at No. 18 in Poets & Quants Ranking

Text: Texas McCombs MBA No. 18

The McCombs School of Business held steady at No. 18 in Poets & Quants' (P&Q) latest ranking of U.S. MBA programs. Among public schools, McCombs rose one spot to No. 5.

This is the third year for the Texas McCombs Full-Time MBA Program to land at rank 18 and the eighth straight year among P&Q's top 20 MBA programs.

The top three spots, respectively, went to Wharton, Harvard, and Stanford. Texas tied with the University of North Carolina for fifth place among public institutions. Among public schools, the top contenders were Berkeley (9), Michigan (11), Virginia (13) and UCLA (15).

P&Q's list has proven itself remarkably stable, with top schools rarely moving more than one rank from year to year. In the current tally, 24 of the top 25 universities either repeated last year's rank or moved up or down by only one or two places.

The low volatility stems directly from P&Q's methodology. The ranking collects no data on its own, but is simply a composite of the most influential graduate business rankings. The five rankings used, along with their weight in the averaging, are as follows: U.S. News & World Report (35 percent), Forbes (25 percent), Bloomberg Businessweek (15 percent), Financial Times (15 percent), and the Economist (10 percent). This comprehensive approach encompasses a larger array of data and smooths out the anomalies from any one ranking on its own.

First launched in 2010, Poets & Quants is a website for prospective MBA students. The mastermind behind the website and ranking is John A. Byrne, former executive editor of Businessweek.

For pros and cons of P&Q's approach, check out our methodology pages .

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