Olin leaps in FT ranking of B-schools of the Americas

  • December 2, 2018
  • By Kurt Greenbaum
  • 2 minute read

In its second year ranking the top postgraduate business programs in the Americas, the Financial Times has placed WashU Olin eighth on the two continents—rising nine places since last year, the highest jump among the top 25 schools.

The FT ranking is a composite of its rankings for the full-time MBA, Executive MBA, open executive education programs, and custom executive education programs at business schools in North, South and Central America (see the full ranking on this page).

Olin’s strong performance in the EMBA ranking—placing sixth globally—and a strongly improved showing in the FT global full-time MBA ranking contributed to pushing the full postgraduate program up in this latest survey.

Olin’s full-time MBA ranked 50th globally and 24th among B-schools in the Americas in FT‘s last ranking (jumping 18 places).

“This is a strong statement about the overall quality of Olin’s entire portfolio of programs,” said Dean Mark Taylor. “The work continues, of course, buoyed by these and other similar results recently.”

Those results include:

  • In early November, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Olin’s full-time MBA 32nd in the country, up four places from the previous year.
  • The Financial Times global MBA ranking in March, in which Olin jumped 18 places, landing in the world’s top 50.
  • The FT’s global ranking of executive MBA programs last month, in which our Shanghai Executive MBA moved up to sixth in the world.
  • In November’s ranking of entrepreneurship programs by the Princeton Review, WashU held firm on its No. 7 ranking for undergraduate programs and moved up four spots to rank No. 18 in the graduate program ranking.
  • The Economist’s 2018 global ranking of MBA programs, also in October, placed Olin 37th in the world, up six places from the previous year.
  • Poets & Quants’ undergraduate ranking in 2017, which placed in the top two in the nation along with Wharton.
  • The TFE Times master of finance rankings placed Olin fourth in the US in 2018.

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Kurt Greenbaum

Kurt Greenbaum

As communications director for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to find and share great stories about our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I've worked for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management as communications director and as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sun-Sentinel in South Florida and the Chicago Tribune.

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