Rankings and Accreditation

Rankings play an important and challenging role in business education. They provide a useful way of tracking our progress as Weatherhead School of Management seeks to improve performance in teaching, research, student placements and reputation. They also provide important information for students, prospective students and alumni.

University-wide Rankings

According to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Case Western Reserve is the #2 university in the state of Ohio and #53 in the U.S. Learn more about the university's rankings.

Weatherhead Top Rankings

#50
Part-Time MBA in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
#11
Executive MBA Program in the U.S. (Fortune, 2022)
#13
Full-Time MBA in the U.S. (America Economia, 2021)

Additional Rankings by Program

Full-Time MBA

  • #39 globally
    America Economia, 2021
  • #63 in the U.S.
    Poets&Quants, 2023
  • #59 in the U.S.
    Businessweek, 2023
  • #68 in the U.S.
    U.S. News & World Report, 2023
  • #56 in the U.S.
    Fortune, 2023

Part-Time MBA

  • #51 in the U.S.
    Fortune, 2022

Executive MBA

  • #11 in the U.S.
    Fortune, 2022
  • #39 in the U.S.
    Poets&Quants, 2023

Specialty Undergraduate

All rankings are from U.S. News & World Report, 2022.

  • #39 Accounting program
  • #44 Finance program
  • #30 Management program

Notable Recognition

  • Best business and management university: #17 in the U.S., #23 globally
    Research.com, 2023
  • Best on-campus MBA
    The Princeton Review, 2022
  • #45 Business Analytics
    U.S. News & World Report – Specialty Rankings, 2021

About Rankings

Because the Weatherhead School is small, and because some rankings do not evaluate a school unless its program is larger than a certain class size, we are occasionally left out of an evaluation; such an omission is not a reflection on the quality of our programs.

To learn more about the rankings process, please visit:

  • The Business School Rankings Dilemma, AACSB’s comprehensive report developed by an international task force of business school educators and administrators
  • Caution and Controversy,” an article with embedded links to multiple resources prepared by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

If you have questions about rankings or Weatherhead’s ranking in particular, please contact Ana Merdita at ana.merdita@case.edu or 216.368.1156.

What Does It Mean to Be an Accredited University?

Logo for AACSB Accredited

There are several different types of university accreditations. Some are specific to a single program or department while others are issued to an entire university. AACSB accreditation is specific to business education and is only issued to 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs. Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management has been an AACSB-accredited business school since 1958.

Why It Matters

Students who graduate from an AACSB-accredited school are more desirable to employers and receive higher, more competitive salaries. Employers know that students who graduate from an AACSB-accredited school are taught by the most respected professors and leaders in the industry and will have higher levels of performance.

Accredited Professors and Leaders

Respected professors and leaders are attracted to AACSB-accredited schools for several reasons. Students and faculty are of a higher caliber, curricula development and delivery is continuously refined and the overall sense of morale and pride at the school is sky-high. This must be why 91% of deans surveyed reported that AACSB accreditation helps them to enhance their ability to recruit and retain quality faculty.

Other Business School Accreditations

There are three other business school accreditations you might come across in your search for a university: ACBSP, IACBE and DEAC. These accreditations offer students additional peace of mind but may not have the same prestige as AACSB accreditation with some employers.