Author: Kurt Greenbaum

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About Kurt Greenbaum

As communications director for the Olin Business School, my job is to find and share great stories about our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I'm also on the U College faculty in the journalism sequence. My background includes a stint at the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sun-Sentinel in South Florida and the Chicago Tribune.


In Bloomberg Businessweek’s first joint ranking of global MBA programs, WashU Olin placed 37th among the world’s full-time, two-year programs. WashU’s MBA had previously ranked 32nd in the publication’s ranking of US-based programs—up four spots from our 2017 ranking.

The publication’s US ranking was released November 8. Bloomberg Businessweek’s new global ranking—released late St. Louis time on December 10—combined for the first time its previously separate rankings of US and international programs.

In addition to survey results from schools, students, alumni, and corporate recruiters, the publication relied on five new assessment criteria to evaluate the full-time MBA programs: income, learning, networking, diversity, and transformation.

Olin’s strong placement among global programs in compensation—where the school placed 28—helped drive the 37th-place ranking in the overall global list.

Bloomberg will continue to publish its US-only ranking. Here is a rundown of other recent ranking results for WashU Olin Business School.

  • On December 2, the Financial Times ranked WashU Olin eighth—a jump of nine spots—in its list of top b-schools of the Americas, a composite of its postgraduate rankings for full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education programs.
  • In early November, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked WashU 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 WashU Olin jumped 18 places, landing the school in the world’s top 50.
  • In the FT’s global ranking of executive MBA programs last month, 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 WashU Olin 37th in the world, up six places from the previous year.
  • Poets & Quants’ undergraduate ranking in 2017 had WashU Olin placed in the top two in the nation along with Wharton.
  • The TFE Times master of science in finance rankings placed WashU Olin fourth in the United States in 2018.
  • The debut Times Higher Education ranking released December 6 put WashU Olin’s full-time MBA at No. 20 and our master of science in finance at four (requires paid account).



Financial Times business programs in the Americas, 2018 ranking

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.



Entrepreneurship education at Washington University in St. Louis—at both the graduate and undergraduate levels—has again earned top 25 status in the latest ranking by The Princeton Review in partnership with Entrepreneur Magazine.

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.

As one of four key strategic pillars for Olin Business School, this week’s entrepreneurship ranking was particularly timely for Clifford Holekamp, professor of practice in entrepreneurship and Olin’s academic director for entrepreneurship.

“It is gratifying to see our focus reflected in the national rankings for entrepreneurship,” he said. “Olin, the WashU community, and the greater St. Louis community provide incredibly robust opportunities for students in entrepreneurship, but this ranking is as much a credit to the students’ entrepreneurial efforts in seizing these opportunities.”

The ranking released on Tuesday noted that WashU’s undergraduate programs offer “28 entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 84 companies and have collectively raised over $329 million in funding.”

Among graduate programs in entrepreneurship, WashU “offers 33 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 58 companies and have collectively raised over $100 million in funding.”

See the complete ranking of top 25 undergraduate and graduate programs.




2018 ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek.

The forward momentum continues for WashU Olin Business School with news that our full-time MBA program placed 32nd nationally in Bloomberg Businessweek’s new ranking—up four spots from 2017.

The ranking, released on Thursday, relied on new methodology from previous years and scored Olin highly among US business schools for post-graduate compensation among WashU MBA recipients.

“Olin’s mission focuses on producing and serving business leaders who will change the world—not on rankings,” said Dean Mark P. Taylor. “But when we see a series of rankings confirming our momentum at WashU Olin, we can be gratified that our work is being affirmed and recognized.”

Almost simultaneously, The Princeton Review released its annual ranking of business schools and placed WashU Olin’s full-time MBA in the top five in the country for resources for women. That further reinforced an earlier Financial Times ranking that placed Olin No. 4 globally for MBA programs for women.

These latest results join a series of other recent rankings of business programs around the country and the world, including:




Hundreds gathered in unity at midday October 31 to commemorate the victims of the deadly Pittsburgh shooting on October 27.

Hundreds gathered in unity at midday October 31 to commemorate
the victims of the deadly Pittsburgh shooting on October 27.

Hundreds of students, staff, and faculty members from Washington University gathered at the southwest corner of Simon Hall for a unity gathering to commemorate the 11 victims of Saturday’s deadly shooting at the Tree of Life temple in Pittsburgh.

The event came together in 24 hours in the wake of news that the shooting had touched the Olin community itself: Diane Rosenthal Hirt, BSBA ’83, is the sister of two victims, David and Cecil Rosenthal, who were laid to rest following a service at Pittsburgh’s Rodef Shalom Synagogue on Tuesday. “No one ever expects to write a eulogy for a sibling,” Hirt told an overflowing Squirrel Hill temple at their funeral, “let alone two siblings at the same time—especially under such tragic and horrific circumstances.”

A current student, Zach Moskow, BSBA ’20, is also related to the brothers and was asked to participate in planning the combination unity rally and tree-planting ceremony—a tradition in the Jewish faith. “It’s really amazing to see everyone here, regardless of your background,” Moskow said in a brief statement to the large crowd. “Thank you for letting me be a part of this.”

Moskow, related through his mother’s family to the two Rosenthal brothers, said his family was touched by Washington University’s commemoration of the event and the lives of David and Cecil. He said they were looking forward to seeing pictures from the event.

“This is a challenging time for the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Hershey Novack, co-director of WashU Chabad. “While hate and darkness threatens to overwhelm us, we say NO! No, we must not let this happen. The forces of good are greater than the forces of evil.”

Novack and Moskow were joined in planting a sapling by Chancellor Mark Wrighton, the Rev. Beth Scriven of Interfaith Campus Ministries, Emelyn Dela Peña of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and Rabbi Jordan Gerson of WashU Hillel.

Peña noted that the sapling was the first heritage oak tree to be planted on WashU’s campus—a tree that would boast a magnificent canopy within 15 years.

“Planting a sapling tree is a powerful symbol of hope,” Novack said.