Global MBA Rankings (© Kostakostov - Fotolia.com)

How to assess the quality of MBA programs?

By Thomas Graf

Rankings on programs and business schools are one means to proxy this. If a program stays in the top ten ot top twenty over many years this is often a signal that the program really is a good program. If a program climbs the ranking ladder from position 90 to 50 and then to 34, this looks interesting as well. On the other hand, rankings follow a methodology that you should read carefully. Below you find the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2015.



 

 
 

1. Harvard Business School

Country: USA      City: Boston     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

2. London Business School (LBS)  

Country: UK      City: London     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

3. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Country: USA      City: Philadelphia (also: San Francisco)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

4. INSEAD

Country: France      City: Fontainebleau (also Abu Dhab & Singapore)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

4. Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Country: USA      City: Stanford     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

6. Columbia Business School, Columbia University

Country: USA      City: New York     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

7. IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Country: Spain      City: Barcelona (also: Madrid, São Paulo, New York, Munich)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan

Country: USA      City: Cambridge     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

9. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Country: USA      City: Chicago     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

10. University of California, Berkeley, Haas

Country: USA      City: Berkeley     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 

11. CEIBS  

Country: China      City: Shanghai     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT/GRE or school's own test
 
 

12. IE Business School

Country: Spain      City: Madrid     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English , Spanish
Entry Requirements: GMAT/GRE or school's own test
 
 

13. University of Cambridge, Judge

Country: UK      City: Cambridge     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

14. Northwestern University, Kellogg

Country: USA      City: Evanston     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
 
 

14. HKUST Business School  

Country: China      City: Hong Kong     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

16. HEC Paris

Country: France      City: Jouy-en-Josas Cedex     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
 
 

17. Yale School of Management

Country: USA      City: New Haven     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

18. New York University, Stern

Country: USA      City: New York     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

19. Esade Business School  

Country: Spain      City: Barcelona     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year , max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

20. IMD Business School

Country: Switzerland      City: Lausanne     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

21. Duke University, Fuqua

Country: USA      City: Durham     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

22. University of Oxford, Saïd

Country: UK      City: Oxford     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

23. Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Country: USA      City: Hanover     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

24. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Ross

Country: USA      City: Ann Arbor     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

25. UCLA, Anderson

Country: USA      City: Los Angeles     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

26. Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad

Country: India      City: Ahmedabad     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

26. SDA Bocconi School of Management

Country: Italy      City: Milano     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

28. Cornell University, Johnson

Country: USA      City: Ithaca     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

28. Hong Kong University

Country: China      City: Hong Kong     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

30. CUHK Business School

Country: China      City: Hong Kong     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

31. National University of Singapore, NUS

Country: Singapore      City: Singapore     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

32. University of Virginia, Darden

Country: USA      City: Charlottesville     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

33. Indian School of Business

Country: India      City: Hyderabad     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

34. Imperial College Business School

Country: UK      City: London     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT/GRE or school's own test
 
 

35. University of Manchester, Alliance

Country: UK      City: Manchester     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

36. Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper

Country: USA      City: Pittsburgh (also: New York)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

36. Catholic University of Portugal, Católica Lisbon

Country: Portugal      City: Lisboa     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

38. Warwick Business School

Country: UK      City: Coventry     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

39. Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

Country: USA      City: Chapel Hill     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

40. Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang

Country: Singapore      City: Singapore     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

40. University of Texas at Austin, McCombs

Country: USA      City: Austin     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

42. Georgetown University, McDonough

Country: USA      City: Washington     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

43. Rice University, Jones

Country: USA      City: Houston, Texas     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT/GRE or school's own test
 
 

43. University of California (Irvine), Merage

Country: USA      City: Irvine     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

45. RSM - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University  

Country: The Netherlands      City: Rotterdam     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

45. Cranfield University, Cranfield

Country: UK      City: Bedford     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT/GRE or school's own test
 
 

45. City University, Cass

Country: UK      City: London     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

48. Purdue University, Krannert

Country: USA      City: West Lafayette     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

49. University of Maryland, Smith

Country: USA      City: College Park     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

50. Lancaster University Management School

Country: UK      City: Lancaster     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

51. University of Washington, Foster

Country: USA      City: Seattle     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

52. University of Cape Town

Country: South Africa      City: Green Point, Cape Town     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

53. University of Toronto, Rotman

Country: Canada      City: Toronto, Ontario     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

54. Michigan State University, Broad

Country: USA      City: East Lansing     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

55. Mannheim Business School

Country: Germany      City: Mannheim     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

55. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai

Country: China      City: Shanghai     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

55. Fudan University School of Management

Country: China      City: Shanghai     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: neither GMAT nor GRE
 
 

58. University of Southern California, Marshall

Country: USA      City: Los Angeles     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

59. Emory University, Goizueta

Country: USA      City: Atlanta, Georgia     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

59. Sungkyunkwan University, GSB

Country: South Korea      City: Seoul     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: neither GMAT nor GRE
 
 

61. Vanderbilt University, Owen

Country: USA      City: Nashville     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

62. Indian University Bloomington, Kelley

Country: USA      City: Bloomington     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

63. ESMT European School of Management and Technology

Country: Germany      City: Berlin     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
 
 

63. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa

Country: USA      City: Iowa City     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

65. Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller

Country: USA      City: Atlanta     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

66. University of San Diego

Country: USA      City: San Diego     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

67. University of St.Gallen (HSG)  

Country: Switzerland      City: St.Gallen      
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English , German
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

68. Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)

Country: Australia      City: Macquarie Park/ North Ryde (as well as Sydney and Hong Kong)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: neither GMAT nor GRE
 
 

69. Ohio State University, Fisher

Country: USA      City: Columbus, Ohio      
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

70. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Country: USA      City: Madison     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

71. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Country: USA      City: Champaign     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

72. Washington University in St.Louis, Olin

Country: USA      City: St. Louis     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

73. UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Country: Ireland      City: Blackrock, Co. Dublin     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

73. Babson College, Olin

Country: USA      City: Wellesley, Massachusetts (also San Francisco)      
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

75. Australian School of Business (AGSM)

Country: Australia      City: Sydney     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

76. Southern Methodist University (SMU), Cox

Country: USA      City: Dallas, Texas     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

76. Arizona State University, Carey

Country: USA      City: Tempe     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

78. Boston University, Questrom

Country: USA      City: Boston     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

79. Durham Business School

Country: UK      City: Durham     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

80. University of Strathclyde Business School

Country: UK      City: Glasgow     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: neither GMAT nor GRE
 
 

81. University of British Columbia, Sauder

Country: Canada      City: Vancouver     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

82. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)

Country: India      City: Bangalore     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

83. University of Minnesota, Carlson

Country: USA      City: Minneapolis     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

84. University of Bath School of Management

Country: UK      City: Bath     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

85. University of Rochester, Simon

Country: USA      City: Rochester     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

86. Pennsylvania State University, Smeal

Country: USA      City: University Park     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

86. Queen's University, Smith

Country: Canada      City: Kingston, Ontario     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

86. University of Alberta, Alberta

Country: Canada      City: Alberta     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

89. University of Notre Dame, Mendoza

Country: USA      City: Notre Dame     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

90. Melbourne Business School

Country: Australia      City: Melbourne, Carlton     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

90. Boston College, Carroll

Country: USA      City: Chestnut Hill     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

90. George Washington University, School of Business

Country: USA      City: Washington, D.C.     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

93. University of California, Rady

City: MC 0554 La Jolla     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: neither GMAT nor GRE
 
 

94. Vlerick Business School  

Country: Belgium      City: Gent     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

95. University of Birmingham

Country: UK      City: Birmingham     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

96. University of South Carolina, Moore

Country: USA      City: Columbia     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

97. University of Western Ontario, Ivey

Country: Canada      City: London     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

97. University of Pittsburgh, Katz

Country: USA      City: Pittsburgh     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

97. TIAS School for Business and Society

Country: The Netherlands      City: Tilburg (+ other campuses)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

100. McGill University, Desautels

Country: Canada      City: Montréal     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE