Below we list the numerous international MBA rankings. We have also created a separate overview of an MBA ranking for Germany and neighboring countries, because we believe that these very US-based rankings have little meaning for the typical German MBA prospect.

Financial Times: Global MBA Ranking 2019

This MBA ranking is mainly influenced by the salary increase. The subject of salary is weighted here to 40%. The salary converted into US dollars is adjusted to the local purchasing power according to the purchasing power parity. This leads to sometimes absurd distortions, from which the emerging countries in particular benefit.

Rank University
1 Stanford Graduate School of Business
2 Harvard Business School
4 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
6 London Business School
7 University of Chicago: Booth
8 MIT: Sloan
9 Columbia Business School
10 University of California at Berkeley: Haas

The Economist: Full time MBA Ranking 2018

In this ranking the salary increase is weighted only with 20%. The survey is designed in two stages, so that factors such as “new career options” or “personal development” also play a role. The networking factor is also “calculated” by 10%.

Rank University
1 University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
2 Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
3 Harvard Business School
4 University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School
5 Stanford University – Graduate School of Business
6 University of Navarra – IESE Business School, Spain
7 University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business
8 UCLA – UCLA Anderson School of Management
9 University of Virgina – Darden School of Business
10 Columbia Business School

Financial Times: European Business School Ranking 2018

A European ranking can also be derived from the Global MBA ranking. Universities are also represented here that have not performed well globally.

Rank University
1 London Business School
2 HEC Paris
3 Insead
4 University of St Gallen
5 Iese business school
6 Università Bocconi, SDA Bocconi
7 IMD Business School
8 Essec Business School
9 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
10 University of Oxford: Saïd

Forbes: The best international MBAs

Forbes lists the best international MBAs. Criteria such as salary increase and the GMAT score are used for the evaluation. There is an extra ranking only for universities in the USA.

Rank University
2 Insead
3 IE Business School
4 Cambridge (Judge)
5 SDA Bocconi
6 Oxford (Said)
7 Hong Kong
8 Mannheim
9 Erasmus (Rotterdam)
10 Cranfield Ranking of rankings

The website follows an interesting approach. Here the different MBA rankings are merged with each other and this results in a new ranking list. It is subdivided here in the USA, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Canada. However, there is no more current ranking list for Europe than in 2014.

Excerpt: European b-school ranking of rankings

Rank University
1 London Business School
2 Insead
4 IE Business School
5 Iese business school
6 HEC Paris
7 Univ of Cambridge – Judge
8 Warwick Business School
9 SDA Bocconi
10 Esade Barcelona

Bloomberg: Best B-Schools Ranking 2018

Bloomberg surveyed more than 25,000 MBA students, alumni and recruiters for the ranking. The ranking is based on their answers, as well as job placement and salary data from schools.

Extract: Global rankings

Rank University
1 Stanford
2 Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3 Harvard
4 WITH (Sloan)
5 Chicago (Booth)
6 UC at Berkeley (Haas)
7 Columbia
8 Northwestern (Kellogg)
9 Virginia (Darden)
10 IMD

University of Dallas: The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings

The University of Dallas publishes an interesting ranking: The number of research contributions published in scientific publications. This is how the academic value of business schools should be assessed.

Rank University
1 University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
2 New York University (NYU) (Leonard N. Stern School of Business)
3 Harvard University (Havard Business School)
4 University of Texas at Dallas (Naveen Jindal School of Management)
5 INSEAD (School of Business)
6 Columbia University (Columbia Business School)
7 University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)
8 University of Chicago (Booth Business School)
9 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Ross School of Business)
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management)
International MBA Rankings