Late September was ranking time. Not only did THEd come out with the results of their 14th annual ranking. So did Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), former partner of THEd with their comprehensive annual ranking, as well as with a ranking of MBA programmes. For the latter, QS claim to have analysed “more data points than ever before” with the purpose of delivering the most exhaustive rankings available on the market. In this article, we are commenting on the MBA ranking only. A more exhaustive analysis of QS’s general ranking will be delivered in the October edition of the ACA Newsletter.
QS has analysed a considerable amount of MBA programmes around the world and ranked 251 of them. The data for this exercise were collected in three survey, carried out at the beginning of 2018 this, viz. the QS Global Employer Survey, the QS Global Academic Survey and a survey concluded by the business schools involved. One of the main requirements that needed to be fulfilled by the MBA programs in order to be included in the Global MBA Rankings 2019 was that their essential method of teaching be on-campus. Moreover, the classes needed to have at least 10 students. As part of the survey, the schools needed to gather relevant data based on 13 main criteria, amongst them employability, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, class and faculty diversity. Schools that failed to provide the requested information, that did not fit the criteria, or whose programmes were too new, were excluded from the rankings.
At a global level, the top three MBA programs were offered Harvard, followed by INSEAD on second place and HEC Paris on the third. In the USA, the top three were Harvard on the first place, Stanford as a runner-up, and Pen (Wharton) coming third. Europe’s leading MBA programme for 2019 was that of INSEAD, with HEC Paris and London Business School coming second and third respectively. Asia, Australia and New Zealand had INSEAD, CEIBS and Melbourne Business School, as their leading MBA grogrammes, all cited in the order they were ranked. Mexico’s EGADE business school came first in the Latin America, followed by INCAE Business School and IAE Business School.