FT MBA rankings: How are the top 100 business schools in the world calculated?

 

The Financial Times MBA rankings list the top 100 business schools in the word in three categories: Global MBA rankings, Online MBA rankings, and Executive MBA rankings. The top 100 MBA programs are included in the Global MBA and Executive MBA rankings, the Online MBA rankings currently include 15 programs. Rankings are compiled based on a combination of school data and alumni survey responses (from alumni three years after graduation), with criteria including salary increase, cost, diversity of nationality and gender and the school’s research ranking.

 

Note that programs must have been running for at least four years to be included in the FT MBA rankings and 20% of alumni must respond to the FT survey for the results to be considered.

 

Also note that some previously top ranked schools, including Harvard and Wharton, declined to participate in this year’s ranking process.

MBA UK ranking 2021: What are the top MBA programs in the UK?

 

The best UK MBA programs for 2021, according to the FT rankings, are:

 

Best Global MBA, UK

 

London Business School (ranked 2nd in the world)

University of Cambridge, Judge (16th)

University of Oxford, Said (17th)

Alliance Manchester Business School (30th)

Warwick Business School (32nd)

Imperial College Business School (44th)

 

Best Executive MBA, UK

 

ESCP business school (ranked 7th in the world, campuses across Europe)

EMBA Global Asia (10th, includes UK component)

London Business School (13th)

University of Oxford, Said (18th)

E-MBA Global: Columbia/LBS (20th)

Imperial College Business School (30th)

University of Cambridge, Judge (31st)

City, University of London, Bayes (36th)

 

Best Online MBA, UK

 

Warwick Business School (ranked 1st in world)

Imperial College Business School (3rd)

Durham University Business School (7th)

What are the top 10 business schools in the UK for MBA programs?

 

The FT MBA rankings list the top 10 business in the UK for MBA programs as follows:

 

London Business School (ranked 2nd in the world)

University of Cambridge, Judge (16th)

University of Oxford, Said (17th)

Alliance Manchester Business School (30th)

Warwick Business School (32nd)

Imperial College Business School (44th)

City, University of London, Bayes (61st)

Durham University Business School (74th)

Lancaster University Management School (96th)

 

Economist MBA rankings: How do they work?

 

The Economist MBA rankings use a different approach to the FT MBA rankings. The Economist MBA ranking is comprised about 80% of quantitative data from schools and 20% on survey feedback from current students and the most recent graduating class. The latter point is the main difference between the FT MBA rankings and Economist MBA rankings. Criteria for Economist rankings include diversity of recruiters, alumni rating of careers services, student quality, diversity, and networking potential. 

 

The Economist provides a list of MBA programs which are excluded from its rankings, and the reasons why, here. Note that a number of schools which score highly in the FT MBA rankings have declined to participate in recent years.

 

The Economist listed the MBA UK rankings for 2021 as follows:

 

Warwick Business School (ranked 17th in the world)

Durham University - Durham Business School (37th)

Nottingham University Business School (55th)

Cranfield School of Management (60th)

 

Best MBA in Europe?

 

The FT MBA rankings list the best MBA courses in Europe as follows:

 

Insead, France (ranked 1st in the world)

IESE, Spain (4th)

HEC Paris, France (7th)

SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy (12th)

IMD Business School, Switzerland (19th)

Esade Business School, Spain (20th)

IE Business School, Spain (39th)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany (54th)

Mannheim Business School, Germany (58th)

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (63rd)

University of St Gallen, Switzerland (64th)

Edhec Business School, France (76th)

Eada Business School Barcelona, Spain (78th)

ESMT Berlin, Germany (80th)

Essec Business School, France (81st)

The Lisbon MBA, Catolica/Nova, Portugal (82nd)

EMLyon Business School, France (90th)

Copenhagen Business School (98th)

 

Cheapest MBA in Europe?

 

The cheapest MBA in Europe, of the top European MBAs listed above, is currently EMLyon’s MBA at 38,500. This is followed by EADA Business School Barcelona at 39,000, Mannheim Business School and The Lisbon MBA at 39,500, and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management at 40,500.

 

Remember when considering the which is the cheapest MBA in Europe you also need to take into account the cost of living - the programs above are based in cities where the cost of accommodation, food and socialising will vary greatly.

 

Top 10 MBA schools: Which are the best MBA programs in the world?

The top 10 MBA schools, according to the FT MBA rankings for 2021, are as follows:

 

  1. Insead, France/Singapore

  2. London Business School, UK

  3. University of Chicago, Booth, US

  4. IESE Business School, Spain

  5. Yale School of Management, US

  6. Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, US

  7. CEIBS, China

  8. HEC Paris, France

  9. Duke University, Fuqua

  10. Dartmouth College, Tuck