Skip to main content

The Financial Times ranks ASU among top 25 business schools

December 14, 2018

Rankings are out for university business schools, and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks No. 21 among the best business schools in the Americas by the Financial Times, a leading global business publication. Among schools in North and South America, the W. P. Carey full-time MBA is ranked No. 25, and the Executive MBA in Shanghai, China, is ranked No. 10. 

“Rankings give us a good barometer — how do we compare with other schools nationally, other public institutions, even schools around the world,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey school. “We are always proud to see the W. P. Carey School on the rise, and with a publication as prestigious and influential as Financial Times, to see us recognized so strongly is a testament to our students, faculty and staff, and our 100,000 alumni around the world.” 

The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania again topped the rankings. The W. P. Carey School, unranked last year, joined the list ahead of the University of North Carolina, Cornell, the University of Maryland and Rutgers.

“This is an achievement not of simply name recognition or perceived reputation but of alumni success and satisfaction, the quality of our programs, the diversity of our faculty, and the impact of our research,” Hillman said.

The 2018 rankings are determined by alumni surveys on career progression, school data and faculty research. The Financial Times surveys alumni three years after completing their MBA to weigh salary increases compared with pre-MBA salary. The Financial Times also collects information from schools on current faculty and students. School criteria include the diversity of staff, board members and students by gender, nationality and the MBA’s international reach. The research rank is based on the number of articles by full-time faculty in top journals. 

The W. P. Carey School of Business is one of the top business schools in the country, with 20 academic programs and departments currently ranked among the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report, including undergraduate business programs and full-time, part-time and online MBA programs. The Economist has also ranked the school’s Executive MBA program in Shanghai No. 12 in the world.

When it comes to innovation and generating new ideas about business, faculty at the W. P. Carey School are ranked among the most productive, ranked No. 2 for management department productivity by Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia, and No. 23 for business school research productivity worldwide by the University of Texas at Dallas.

More Business and entrepreneurship


Thomas Choi in sunglasses, smiling with arms folded, standing in front of building reading "W. P. Carey School of Business."

Top faculty honor has ASU professor flying high

Arizona State University Professor Thomas Choi considers the complex aspects of supply chain networks and often sounds like a…

February 22, 2024
Group of students pose for a photo onstage with screens reading "ASU Innovation Open Awards Show" in the background and ASU mascot Sparky in the middle.

ASUio sparks innovation inferno among student entrepreneurs

​Innovation, accessibility and sustainability took center stage at the 2024 Arizona State University Innovation Open. Technology…

February 16, 2024
Poster with various colorful words having to do with business on it.

Inaugural biz school competition drives collaboration across Arizona universities

Business in the state of Arizona today finds itself poised for massive growth, with industries like solar power, autonomous…

February 15, 2024