Bloomberg Businessweek Names INSEAD #1 International Business School in 2017 MBA Ranking

NEW YORK (Monday, December 11, 2017)—Bloomberg Businessweek today released its 2017 ranking of the best international business schools, naming INSEAD Business School number one. London Business School number two, and Spain-based IESE Business School number three. United Kingdom-based Oxford (Saïd) and IMD round out the top five.

Each school’s ranking is based on surveys of recruiters, alumni, and students, as well as recent graduates’ success at landing jobs and securing high starting wages. France-based INSEAD, formerly known as the Institut European d’Administration des Affaires, or European Institute of Business Administration, snagged the number-one spot thanks to its top ranking in surveys of employers and alumni, and a boost in its recent students’ ability to obtain jobs shortly after graduation.

Below are Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 top 20 full-time international MBA programs (with their 2016 rank):

2017 Rank School 2016 Rank
2 London Business School 1
3 Navarra (IESE) 5
4 Oxford (Saïd) 3
5 IMD 7
6 Cambridge (Judge) 4
7 SDA Bocconi 8
8 IE 6
9 ESADE 12
10 HEC Paris 11
11 Western (Ivey) 10
12 Melbourne 9
13 Imperial College London 15
14 Mannheim 20
15 ESMT Berlin 13
16 Queen’s (Smith) 18
17 St. Gallen 16
18 Manchester 19
19 National University of Singapore 21
20 Cranfield 14
21 Hult 17
22 Toronto (Rotman) 23
23 Warwick 22
24 Ryerson (Rogers) Newly ranked
25 HKUST 29
26 CEIBS 24
27 ESIC 28
28 McGill (Desautels) 25
29 Erasmus (Rotterdam) 26
30 Copenhagen 27
31 HEC Montréal 31

Highlights from Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 ranking of international full-time MBA programs:

  • ESADE and HEC Paris are new to the top 10 (ESADE from No. 12 to No. 9; HEC Paris from No. 11 to No. 10)
  • Western (Ivey) and Melbourne fell out of the top 10 (Western (Ivey) from No. 10 to No. 11; Melbourne from No. 9 to No. 12)
  • Cambridge dropped out of the top 5, from No. 4 to No. 6.

The complete rankings of full-time international MBA programs is available here:

Interactive tables allow readers to dig into data points for each school, ranging from pay growth (pre-MBA, first job, and after 6 to 8 years), job placement three months post-MBA, job locations for new graduates, and industries for new graduates. Another interactive chart shows exactly where each school ranked on each part of the ranking.


Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of full-time U.S. MBA programs is based on five components: (1) employer survey (35 percent of total score), in which more than 600 recruiters named the programs that best deliver the skills they seek in MBA hires; (2) alumni survey (30 percent), in which nearly 10,000 alumni who graduated from 2009 to 2011 told us how their MBAs affected their careers, their compensation over time, and their job satisfaction; (3) student survey (15 percent), in which 2017 graduates (9,461 responses) rated their programs; (4) job placement rate (10 percent), or how many MBAs seeking full-time jobs get them within three months of graduating; (5) starting salary (10 percent), or how much new MBAs make in their new jobs, adjusted for industry and regional variation. Data from the 2016 ranking were added to the survey components to diversify feedback.

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