Rankings released! QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 

The QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 have now arrived! 

Presenting the eighth edition, QS analyses the performance of 318 (up from 300 the previous year) business programmes to determine the world’s best MBA programmes across the world based on criteria such as academic quality, faculty, career outcomes, and other indicators.  

Stanford Graduate School of Business takes the top spot in offering the most prestigious MBA programme worldwide for another year.  

QS Founder and President Nunzio Quacquarelli said: “The QS Graduate Management Education rankings offers unique independent insights for business-minded career-driven students to comparatively assess the next step in their professional development.” 

Top ten in QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 

This year’s top 10 performers in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 are: 

1) Stanford Graduate School of Business, US 

2) Penn (Wharton), US 

3) Harvard Business School, US 

4) London Business School, UK 

5) HEC Paris, France 

6) MIT (Sloan), US 

7) Columbia Business School, US 

8) IE Business School, Spain 

=9) Cambridge (Judge), UK 

=9) IESE Business School, Spain 

Overall, the US and Europe region dominate the top 10 list scoring highly within certain indicators including ‘Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes’ with 99.9 and ‘Employability’ with 99.0. These results are unsurprising given that the US and European countries have a strong history of producing successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Additionally, these regions are home to some of the world’s most powerful economies, which provides students with access to top-tier job opportunities. 

There are more institutions who are excelling in the top 10 for the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 – these are Harvard Business School in ‘Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes’ with 92.9, HEC Paris in ‘Return on Investment’ 99.8 (one of the highest scores in Europe for this indicator) and Oxford (Said) in ‘Thought leadership’ (98.9). 

Furthermore, London Business School holds the world’s third highest rating in ‘Employability’ (98.3) and ‘Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes’ (87.4) – with one of the top ten for ‘Thought Leadership’ (96.3).   

Top 100 in regional performance 

Of the top 100 in this year’s rankings, QS recognises monumental moments for universities in different regions: 

  • The National University of Singapore (NUS) (ranked 24th) received the highest score in Asia for the QS employability indicator with 84.6. In the same region, Tsinghua University (ranked 28th) not only moved up from 29th last year, but it is Asia’s second highest-ranked MBA due to its rank in ‘Thought leadership’ with 96.1, Employability with 76.5 and Return on Investment with 96.5. 
  • With an impressive climb of 11 steps up the rankings (now ranked 68th), AUB (Suliman S. Olayan) in Lebanon is the Arab region’s best full-time MBA provider – courtesy of its outstanding score in ‘Return on Investment’ with 95.6. 
  • Among all of Canada’s higher education institutions, Toronto (Rotman) is the only institution in the top 50 to achieve the highest score in Employability (74.5), Thought Leadership (80.0) and Diversity (84.9).   
  • EGADE Business School in Mexico (ranked 62nd), was the highest scoring Latin American institution in Alumni Outcomes (74.7) and Thought Leadership (60.9). Also, Costa Rica’s INCAE Business School (ranked 83rd) is Latin America’s only other top 100 MBA programme – ranking one of the top scores in Employability (70.6). 

New entrants 

The QS World University Rankings: Global MBA 2024 encompasses 20 new entries with notable achievements including SMU (Lee Kong Chian), ranked 45th in ‘Return on Investment’ with 85.9, and an 88.5 in ‘Thought leadership’, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), ranked between 201-250, earning 95.6 in ‘Diversity’. 

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