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 2017.

 

 
 

1. 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
 
 

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. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton

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. 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
 
 

5. University of Cambridge, Judge

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

6. 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
 
 

7. Columbia Business School

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
 
 

8. 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
 
 

9. University of Chicago, Booth

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. IESE Business School

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
 

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. Northwestern University, Kellogg

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

13. 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
 
 

13. University of California at 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
 
 

15. 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. 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
 
 

17. 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
 
 

18. Dartmouth College: Tuck

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

19. 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
 
 

20. HEC Paris

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

21. IMD Business School

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

22. 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
 
 

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
 
 

24. 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
 
 

24. Nanyang Business School

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

26. 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
 
 

27. Indian School of Business

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

27. 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
 
 

29. 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
 
 

30. Alliance Manchester Business School

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

30. Alliance 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
 
 

30. Alliance 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
 
 

31. 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
 
 

32. 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
 
 

33. University of Oxford, Saïd

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

34. 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
 
 

35. 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
 
 

36. CUHK Business School

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

37. City University, Cass

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

38. 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
 
 

39. 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
 
 

40. 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
 
 

41. 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
 
 

42. Lancaster University Management School

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

43. University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler

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

44. Warwick Business School

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

45. 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
 
 

46. 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
 
 

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 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
 
 

49. 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
 
 

49. 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
 
 

51. 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
 
 

52. 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
 
 

53. Cranfield School of Management

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

54. 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
 
 

54. 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
 
 

54. Mannheim Business School

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

57. 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
 
 

58. 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
 
 

59. 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
 
 

60. 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
 
 

61. 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
 
 

62. 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
 
 

63. 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
 
 

64. 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
 
 

65. 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
 
 

65. 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
 
 

65. 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
 
 

68. 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
 
 

69. 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
 
 

70. ESMT Berlin

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

70. 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
 
 

70. 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
 
 

70. State University of New Jersey, Rutgers

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

74. EDHEC Business School

Country: France      City: Lille (and Nice)     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 1 year
Program Language: English , French
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

75. Durham Business School

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

76. Melbourne Business School

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

77. 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
 
 

77. 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
 
 

79. 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
 
 

80. 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
 
 

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
 
 

82. 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
 
 

83. 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
 
 

84. University of Iowa, Tippie

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
 
 

85. 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
 
 

86. 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
 
 

87. 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
 
 

88. 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
 
 

89. 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
 
 

89. INCAE Business School

Country: Costa Rica (also Nicaragua)      City: La Garita, Alajuela     
Teaching Mode: Fulltime
Program Length: max 2 years, more than 1 year
Program Language: English , Spanish
Entry Requirements: GMAT or GRE
 
 

91. University of Edinburgh Business School

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

92. Grenoble Graduate School of Business  

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

93. The University of Texas at Dallas (UT), Naveen Jindal

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

94. 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
 
 

95. Temple University, Fox

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

95. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

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

97. IPADE Business School

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

97. 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
 
 

99. Vlerick Business School  

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

100. 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