The rankings strive to answer one major question: Is a full-time MBA worth it?
Rankings & Accreditations
Rankings and accreditations are among the most useful tools available to prospective students who are looking for the programme that corresponds to their ambitions and potential. And while neither rankings nor accreditations alone should be the decisive factor in the choice of a business school, they both serve as a stamp of quality worth considering.
Main Global Rankings
A comprehensive list of MBA rankings is available here
Rankings compiled by Financial Times can be found here:
Explore rankings from The Economist's Economic Intelligence Unit:
Bloomberg Business Week
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See FIND MBA’s Popularity rankings here.
Main Accreditation Agencies
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Most of the top-ranked schools in the world such as INSEAD (France), Harvard Business School (US), and Yale School of Management (US) are accredited by AACSB, the world’s largest accreditor of business education. There are 820 business institutions in 53 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation. Similarly, 187 institutions hold an additional, specialised AACSB accreditation for their accounting programmes.
The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
AMBA is focused predominantly on MBA programmes. It differs from AACSB and EQUIS in that it does not accredit undergraduate programmes. It maintains a global network of MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools, and MBA employers. AMBA accredits over 240 business schools in more than 70 different countries.
The EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
EQUIS is run by the European Foundation for Management Development and is known for its focus on internationalisation, international diversity, and a close interaction with the corporate world. EQUIS is not primarily focused on the MBA or any other specific programme. The organisation has now accredited 176 schools across 42 countries.
The late arrival of the MBA in the country may partially explain the phenomenon. Yet many more factors are at play.
The ranking offers a glimpse of some of the key changes in business education occurring worldwide.
The Financial Times notes that business education is growing in Europe.
The Financial Times rankings of management programmes are among the most renowned in the global business education field.
US schools claim 16 of the top 20 places in The Economist’s ranking of full-time MBA programmes.
The Economist has published its 2018 ranking of Executive MBA programmes.
The list of accredited business schools keeps growing.
Gaining an MBA from these schools comes at a price, but the return on investment is worthwhile
Here’s how the best US business schools stack up this year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
What will be the core components of the rankings?
Rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a school, and are simply one element to consider.
Check out the top-ranked US business schools for 2018, including information about the ranking methodology.
AMBA's accreditation is increasingly recognised world-wide as the quality assessment of the MBA.
Check out the top-ranked online MBA programmes, including information about the Financial Times' ranking methodology.
Get to know the Big Three when it comes to MBA rankings – the Financial Times, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
To demonstrate some of the benefits of rankings, we review one of the most interesting aspects for prospective students – the return on MBA degrees.
MBA rankings should be viewed with a tinge of scepticism. Accreditations are considered more reliable when it comes to proof of academic standards.
Check out Access MBA’s FAQs on business school rankings. They are especially useful for MBA candidates who try to determine which schools to apply to.
Check out this overview of the major European MBA rankings which may also help you decide how to approach different publications.