NEW YORK (December 9, 2019)—Bloomberg Businessweek today announced its ranking of the best global business schools, encompassing 131 MBA programs across the Asia-Pacific region, Canada,  Europe and the U.S. For the second year in a row, CEIBS remains in the top spot in Asia-Pacific, Western (Ivey) is number one in Canada, IMD ranks number one in Europe, and Stanford remains number one in the U.S. Nine schools were ranked for the first time this year. The ranking is based on 26,804 surveys from students, alumni and corporate recruiters, and takes into account compensation and job-placement data from each school.

The complete ranking of full-time global business schools is available here:

Below are Bloomberg Businessweek’s top three full-time MBA programs across each region:

In addition to the overall ranking, schools are separately ranked on four component indexes — compensation, networking, learning, and entrepreneurship — providing students more ways to evaluate what schools have to offer them.

Bloomberg Businessweek highlights school-specific data for each MBA program including average GMAT, median starting salaries, tuition costs, and on-campus atmospheres for groups that are traditionally underrepresented in MBA programs. This year, a new interactive tool allows readers to customize a short list of schools that provides side-by-side comparisons of overall scores, component indexes, total number of graduates, and median base salary.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the best U.S. business schools of 2019-20 was announced on November 4, and can be found at


Schools are ranked on four indexes: Compensation, Learning, Networking, and Entrepreneurship. Rather than assign weightings ourselves, we surveyed students, alumni, and recruiters to learn what was most important to them. Their answers determined each index’s weighting. Combining that information with results of our other surveys and compensation data, we calculated the overall rankings.

We canvassed 9,016 students, and a total of 14,925 alumni took our survey. The number of participating recruiters at business schools was 985.

Schools had to abide by Bloomberg’s Code of Ethics, meant to ensure that all respondents participate voluntarily, without bias or pressure from school officials or their peers. During the first two weeks of October, all ranked schools confirmed the accuracy of the data they had submitted to Bloomberg.

The detailed methodology and complete list of 131 schools are available at

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Raina Dembner,