General information on ranking

Name of the ranking The Economist Full time MBA Ranking
Geographical scope Global
Status of the ranking independent
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency annual
First year of publication 2011
Most recent year of publication 2021
Date of last update 2022-12-05
Ranking organization The Economist Newspaper Limited
Website of the methodology

Data for The Economist Full-time MBA Ranking were collected during spring 2016, using two surveys. The first is completed by schools with eligible programmes and covers quantitative matters such as the salary of graduates, the average GMAT scores of students and the number of registered alumni. This accounts for around 80% of the ranking. The remaining 20% comes from a qualitative survey filled out by current MBA students and a school's most recent graduating MBA class.



Diversity of recruiters - Spread of industry sectors that recruited most recent graduates Placement success - Percentage of job-seeking students with a job offer three month after graduation

Careers services - Percentage job-seeking students who found a job directly through the careers service

Student assessment of careers services - Did the careers service meet your expectations and needs?



Faculty quality - Ratio of faculty/students; Percentage of full-time faculty with a PhD; Faculty rating by students

Student quality - Average GMAT score; Average number of years of work experience; Average salary of students before entering class

Student diversity - Spread of regions from which students hailed; Gender diversity; Student rating of culture and classmates

Educational experience - Student rating of program and range of electives; Range of and access to overseas study programs; Number of language courses available; Student assessment of facilities and other services



Post-MBA salary, excluding bonuses; Salary change from pre-MBA to post-MBA, excluding bonuses



Ratio of MBA alumni to current full-time MBA students; Number of overseas alumni chapters; Student rating of alumni network.

Additional information

  • Type of publication: internet
  • Internet users access to ranking: open access
  • Language of publication: English
  • Main target groups: employers, higher education institutions, policymakers, governments and funding agencies, students and parents
  • Level of comparison: study programs
  • Major dimensions covered: employability, reputation, teaching
  • Structure of presentation: ordinary presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: survey conducted exclusively by ranking organization
  • Quality assurance of ranking: periodic consultancy
  • Website of the ranking organization:
  • Types of the ranking organization: commercial/for-profit (incl. media)
  • Types of rankings: business