As this is my first entry on visualizing data through analytics, I believe it is fair to start with a story that is close to my heart. At the time of this writing, I am pursuing an MBA with Manchester Business School, of the University of Manchester. I made the decision to pursue an MBA with this business school due to a number of factors, and they were all derived using some simple analysis, which I will share in this post.
MBA Rankings Overview
Those of you who are familiar with MBA programmes may have heard about MBA rankings, published by a number of organizations. There are many arguments for and against MBA rankings. Each publication has its own unique methodology which may lead to certain criteria being weighted higher than others. Moreover, certain parties may choose to game the ranking system by focusing on heavily weighted criteria which gives them favourable ranks. However, this post is not about debating the merits of the ranking systems. If you are interested, you may read this article by Poets & Quants, which discusses the pros and cons of MBA ranking publications.
There are a number of publications that rank MBA courses from business schools all over the world. Arguably, chief among the ranking organizations are BusinessWeek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. Naturally, the rankings among all of them differ due to the different methodologies used. There are a few reputable articles comparing the methodology, dimensions and criteria used by these publications in order to come up with the best, unbiased ranking system. The one I like best is again from Poets & Quants, which you may read in this article.