The Financial Times Updates Global MBA Ranking for 2020

Harvard's MBA program regains the top spot this year

The Financial Times has updated its Global MBA Ranking for 2020.

The new edition of the ranking, which lists full-time MBA programs from business schools all over the world, has Harvard Business School reclaiming the top spot, displacing Stanford Graduate School of Business, which held the position in 2018 and 2019.

Stanford now finds itself in position number three, with the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School taking the second spot. France's Insead Business School, which topped the list in 2016 and 2017, is now ranked number four. China's CEIBS Business School holds steady in position number five. MIT's Sloan School of Management has risen two spots to land at position number six, and is followed by London Business School, which has dropped one spot. The MBA from Columbia Business School is ranked eight.

France's HEC Paris takes position number nine, rising 10 spots this year, and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business rounds out the top ten.

Many UK MBA programs have dropped in this year's ranking

In this year's FT Global MBA ranking, many UK schools have lost ground, or even dropped out entirely. Imperial College Business School, for example, dropped from 39th last year to 55th this year. Likewise, Durham University Business School fell from 43rd to 62nd. The MBA from Cranfield School of Management, which was ranked 76th last year, is no longer ranked this year. 

However, other UK business schools, such as Alliance Manchester Business School and Cass Business School, showed strong gains this year.

FT Global MBA Ranking 2020: Big movers

Although the ranking was fairly stable overall, a few schools moved quite a bit. Spain's IE Business School, for example, fell from 31st last year to 52nd this year. The school's ranking drop coincides with a large decrease in average salaries from the previous year. Singapore Management University fell 20 spots, from 43rd to 63rd. 

On the other hand, the US' George Washington University rose 20 positions, from 90th to 70th. Another US school, SMU - Cox, gained ground as well, from 92nd to 74th. 

In terms of the overall numbers of business schools by country, the US dominates with 51 schools represented. Notably, China (including Hong Kong) and the UK both have nine each, while France has five, while India has four. Australia, Canada, Germany, Singapore and Spain all have three business schools in the ranking; Switzerland has two. Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and South Korea all have one school a piece.

To determine the rankings, the FT looks at a number of factors, including post-MBA salary (three years after graduation), salary increase, and international mobility. The data is from three years out, that is, for the 2020 ranking, the class of 2016 was surveyed. A total of 150 schools took part in the 2020 Global MBA Ranking; all participating schools must have accreditation from AACSB or EQUIS.

Here's a list of the top 20 schools in this year's FT Global MBA Ranking, as well as their change from last year.

The FT's Global MBA Ranking 2020

FT MBA Ranking 2020 Business School Location Change from 2019
1 Harvard USA +1
2 Wharton USA +2
3 Stanford USA -2
4 Insead France -1
5 Ceibs China no change
6 MIT - Sloan USA +2
7 London Business School UK -1
8 Columbia USA +1
9 HEC Paris France +10
10 Chicago - Booth USA -3
11 Northwestern - Kellogg USA +3
12 UC Berkeley - Haas USA -2
13 IESE Spain -1
14 Yale USA -3
15 NUS Business School Singapore +2
16 (tie) Dartmouth - Tuck USA -1
16 (tie) Duke - Fuqua USA +3
18 Virginia - Darden USA +5
19 (tie) Cambridge - Judge UK -3
19 (tie) HKUST China -1

FIND MBA's previous coverage of the Financial Times' Global MBA Ranking:

Read more about MBA Rankings on FIND MBA's MBA Rankings page.

 

Related Business Schools

Boston, Massachusetts 87 Followers 205 Discussions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 68 Followers 173 Discussions
Stanford, California 99 Followers 171 Discussions
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 5 Followers 53 Discussions
Singapore 33 Followers 171 Discussions
Fontainebleau, France 74 Followers 309 Discussions
Beijing, China 6 Followers 102 Discussions
Shanghai, China 38 Followers 78 Discussions
Cambridge, Massachusetts 54 Followers 175 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 169 Followers 475 Discussions
New York City, New York 159 Followers 259 Discussions
Full Profile
Jouy-en-Josas, France 101 Followers 388 Discussions
Chicago, Illinois 42 Followers 150 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 1 Follower 4 Discussions
Evanston, Illinois 72 Followers 206 Discussions
Berkeley, California 101 Followers 116 Discussions
Barcelona, Spain 29 Followers 169 Discussions
Madrid, Spain 3 Followers 107 Discussions
São Paulo, Brazil 1 Follower 0 Discussions
München, Germany 2 Followers 2 Discussions
New Haven, Connecticut 43 Followers 62 Discussions
Singapore 82 Followers 170 Discussions
Hanover, New Hampshire 17 Followers 49 Discussions
Durham, North Carolina 52 Followers 103 Discussions
Charlottesville, Virginia 27 Followers 63 Discussions
Cambridge, United Kingdom 53 Followers 291 Discussions
Shenzhen, China 5 Followers 40 Discussions
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 31 Followers 162 Discussions

More MBA News

Feb 07, 2024

London Business School Announces New 1-Year MBA

Feb 07, 2024

More MBA News

MBA Articles

The 5 Most Hireable and Best-Paying MBA Specialties

Jul 19, 2024

An MBA program can be a fast ticket to the top, equipping students with essential business knowledge and leadership skills, making them highly desirable in the job market. These MBA specialties are becoming particularly hireable and well-compensated.

How to Offset the Cost of Your MBA’s Tuition Fees

Jul 17, 2024

Pursuing an MBA can be a significant investment in your future, but the cost of tuition can be a substantial financial burden, especially with interest rates and inflation still elevated in many advanced economies.

3 MBA Programs Equipping Students for the AI-Driven Future

Jul 10, 2024

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to revamp the business landscape, MBA programs worldwide are adapting their curricula to prepare future business leaders for these big transformations.

More Articles

Related Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists