The FT's hidden ranking of second-tier schools


Duncan

The FT publishes a ranking of the top 100 full-time MBAs but, of course, it has to consider more than 100 schools to find the best 100. In its European Business Schools ranking, published annually, it ranks the major MBA programmes, including a dozen or so that didn't get into the top 100. http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/european-business-school-rankings-2020





In the current ranking, it uses the 2020 full-time MBA data. The schools that didn't get into the 2020 ranking at listed below. After each school, you'll see the ranking of its MBA in Europe, and the average salary.





At the bottom of the rankings, the schools are very tightly clustered, so I have sorted them by salary. I think that's a better guide to the selectivity and quality of the programmes.



  Business School

| Full-time MBA 2020 rank |   MBA sal ($) 

 Cranfield School of Management 38 113,209

 Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School 43 101,489

 University of Strathclyde Business School  34 101,432

 Vlerick Business School 29 99,724

 Grenoble Ecole de Management 32 99,117

 Eada Business School Barcelona  29 98,135

 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management 28 92,970

 HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management 36 91,337

 Tias Business School, Tilburg University 41 90,708

 University of Bath School of Management 34 90,409

 Birmingham Business School 40 89,298

 Politecnico di Milano School of Management 38 87,713

 Aston Business School 41 85,625

 Copenhagen Business School  36 84,510

 Lancaster University Management School 29 84,380

 Nyenrode Business Universiteit 32 82,945

 University of Glasgow: Adam Smith 43 81,999






PS I updated this list after the 2020 European ranking came out at the end of 2020.

[Edited by Duncan on Jan 10, 2021]

The FT publishes a ranking of the top 100 full-time MBAs but, of course, it has to consider more than 100 schools to find the best 100. In its European Business Schools ranking, published annually, it ranks the major MBA programmes, including a dozen or so that didn't get into the top 100. http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/european-business-school-rankings-2020<br><br>
<br><br>
In the current ranking, it uses the 2020 full-time MBA data. The schools that didn't get into the 2020 ranking at listed below. After each school, you'll see the ranking of its MBA in Europe, and the average salary.<br><br>
<br><br>
At the bottom of the rankings, the schools are very tightly clustered, so I have sorted them by salary. I think that's a better guide to the selectivity and quality of the programmes. <br><br>
<br>&nbsp; Business School<br>
| Full-time MBA 2020 rank |&nbsp; &nbsp;MBA sal ($)&nbsp;<br><br><div>&nbsp;Cranfield School of Management 38 113,209<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Business School 43 101,489<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;University of Strathclyde Business School&nbsp; 34 101,432<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Vlerick Business School 29 99,724<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Grenoble Ecole de Management 32 99,117<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Eada Business School Barcelona&nbsp; 29 98,135<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Frankfurt School of Finance and Management 28 92,970<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management 36 91,337<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Tias Business School, Tilburg University 41 90,708<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;University of Bath School of Management 34 90,409<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Birmingham Business School 40 89,298<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Politecnico di Milano School of Management 38 87,713<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Aston Business School 41 85,625<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Copenhagen Business School&nbsp; 36 84,510<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Lancaster University Management School 29 84,380<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;Nyenrode Business Universiteit 32 82,945<br>
</div><div>&nbsp;University of Glasgow: Adam Smith 43 81,999<br>
</div><div><br>
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PS I updated this list after the 2020 European ranking came out at the end of 2020. </div>
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Larry

Thanks, Duncan, this list is very interesting!

EDHEC did make its way into the Global MBA Ranking this year.

We also see a lot of the schools that have left the main ranking in recent years, like Bath, Copenhagen and Strathclyde, which isn't too surprising.

Thanks, Duncan, this list is very interesting!

EDHEC did make its way into the Global MBA Ranking this year.

We also see a lot of the schools that have left the main ranking in recent years, like Bath, Copenhagen and Strathclyde, which isn't too surprising.
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Rayaan100

I am considering Leeds and Bath. Which one is better for an Indian citizen who already has experience in the UK?

I am considering Leeds and Bath. Which one is better for an Indian citizen who already has experience in the UK?
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Duncan

It's hard to think that either of these are the best options available. Bath has had higher employment and international mobility: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2018

It's hard to think that either of these are the best options available. Bath has had higher employment and international mobility: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2018
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John Snow

It's hard to think that either of these are the best options available. Bath has had higher employment and international mobility: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2018


I got an offer from both Bath and Strath. Both have given me the same amount of scholarships too. From an Indian perspective, which one would you recommend? Ps. I have 5.5 years of work experience in mostly banking and investment banking and have pretty strong extracurriculars. I need to make a decision soon.

[quote]It's hard to think that either of these are the best options available. Bath has had higher employment and international mobility: http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2018 [/quote]

I got an offer from both Bath and Strath. Both have given me the same amount of scholarships too. From an Indian perspective, which one would you recommend? Ps. I have 5.5 years of work experience in mostly banking and investment banking and have pretty strong extracurriculars. I need to make a decision soon.
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Duncan

What does "From an Indian perspective" mean? Which of the FT ranking criteria are most relevant to your goals, for example? What do the values ofr those schools suggest to you?

What does "From an Indian perspective" mean? Which of the FT ranking criteria are most relevant to your goals, for example? What do the values ofr those schools suggest to you?
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John Snow

What does "From an Indian perspective" mean? Which of the FT ranking criteria are most relevant to your goals, for example? What do the values ofr those schools suggest to you?


For me the. most important factor is the career services support during/post MBA. Also would the Value of an MBA brand name in the future. Can you please advice.

[quote]What does "From an Indian perspective" mean? Which of the FT ranking criteria are most relevant to your goals, for example? What do the values ofr those schools suggest to you? [/quote]

For me the. most important factor is the career services support during/post MBA. Also would the Value of an MBA brand name in the future. Can you please advice.
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Duncan

I think salary is a strong proxy for careers support and brand value.

I think salary is a strong proxy for careers support and brand value.
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Duncan

I've just updated this post with the 2020 data published last month. There's a chart at http://bit.ly/HiddenFTrank 

Three things stand out to me:
- Risers. 
Vlerick, EADA and Frankfurt are well ranked and the first two can be reasonably expected to enter the top 100 with no missteps since they have good salary

- Arbitrage possibilities. There are some schools with high salary that are not effective at gaming the rankings for whatever reasons. Cranfield, Trinity and Strathclyde do very well and it's probable that applications will fall at these schools despite their great outcomes. 

- Possibly over-valued schools. Lancaster, Copenhagen and Nyenrode are more highly ranked than their salaries would suggest. 


I've just updated this post with the 2020 data published last month. There's a chart at http://bit.ly/HiddenFTrank&nbsp;<br><br>Three things stand out to me:<br>- Risers.&nbsp;<br>Vlerick, EADA and Frankfurt are well ranked and the first two can be reasonably expected to enter the top 100 with no missteps since they have good salary<br><br>- Arbitrage possibilities. There are some schools with high salary that are not effective at gaming the rankings for whatever reasons. Cranfield, Trinity and Strathclyde do very well and it's probable that applications will fall at these schools despite their great outcomes.&nbsp;<br><br>- Possibly over-valued schools. Lancaster, Copenhagen and Nyenrode are more highly ranked than their salaries would suggest.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
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laurie


- Arbitrage possibilities. There are some schools with high salary that are not effective at gaming the rankings for whatever reasons. Cranfield, Trinity and Strathclyde do very well and it's probable that applications will fall at these schools despite their great outcomes.

Sounds like these could be (very) good values, especially (for Trinity and Strathclyde) considering the locations. 

[quote]<br>- Arbitrage possibilities. There are some schools with high salary that are not effective at gaming the rankings for whatever reasons. Cranfield, Trinity and Strathclyde do very well and it's probable that applications will fall at these schools despite their great outcomes.<br> [/quote]<br>Sounds like these could be (very) good values, especially (for Trinity and Strathclyde) considering the locations.&nbsp;
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