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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 2014.



 

 
 

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. 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
 

3. 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
 
 

4. 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
 
 

5. 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
 
 

6. 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
 
 

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. 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
 
 

11. 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
 
 

12. IMD Business School

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

13. 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
 
 

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
 
 

15. Northwestern University, Kellogg

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

16. University of Cambridge, Judge

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

17. 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
 
 

17. 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
 

17. 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
 
 

20. 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
 
 

21. HEC Paris

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

22. 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
 
 

23. 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. 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. Warwick Business School

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

26. 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
 
 

27. Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management

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

27. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

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

29. 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. 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
 
 

31. 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
 
 

32. NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

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

33. 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
 
 

34. Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

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
 
 

35. 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
 
 

36. Indian School of Business

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

36. McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

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

38. Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

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

39. 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
 
 

39. McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

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

41. Cass Business School, City University

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

41. Goizueta Business School, Emory University

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
 

43. Manchester Business School

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

44. 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
 
 

45. GSB SKKU Graduate School of Business

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
 
 

46. Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University

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

47. 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
 
 

48. 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
 
 

49. 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
 
 

50. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

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
 
 

51. 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
 
 

52. 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
 
 

52. Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Catholic University of Portugal

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

54. 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
 
 

55. 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
 
 

56. 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
 
 

57. Peking University, Guanghua

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

58. 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
 
 

59. University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business

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

59. 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
 
 

61. Hult International Business School

Country: USA, also: UK, United Arab Emirates, China      City: Cambridge (Boston), also San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

62. 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
 
 

62. 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
 
 

64. 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
 
 

65. 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
 
 

66. York University, Schulich

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

66. Mannheim Business School

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

68. Melbourne Business School

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

68. 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
 
 

70. 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
 
 

71. 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
 
 

72. 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
 
 

73. 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
 
 

74. 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
 
 

75. Texas A&M University, Mays

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

75. Boston University, School of Management

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

77. Lancaster University Management School

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

77. 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
 
 

79. Coppead Graduate School of Business

Country: Brazil      City: Rio de Janeiro     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English , Portuguese
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

80. University of Pittsburgh, Katz

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

81. 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
 
 

82. 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
 
 

83. 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
 
 

84. 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
 
 

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
 
 

84. 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
 
 

87. 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
 
 

88. 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
 

89. ESMT European School of Management and Technology  

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

89. 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
 
 

91. 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
 
 

92. Tulane University, Freeman

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

93. Brigham University, Marriot

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

94. Wake Forest University, Babcock

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

95. 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
 

95. EMLYON Business School  

Country: France      City: Ecully     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English , French
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

97. Durham Business School

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

98. University of California, Davis

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

Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

99. 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
 
 

100. Vlerick Business School  

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