General information on ranking

Name of the ranking The Economist Full time MBA Ranking
Geographical scope Global
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency biannual
First year of publication 2002
Most recent year of publication 2021
Date of last update 2023-07-14
Ranking organization The Economist Newspaper Limited
Website of the methodology

Data for the Economist Full-time MBA Ranking were collected during spring and summer 2020, 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. Respondents are asked to rate things such as the quality of the faculty, facilities and career services department. They are also asked to give details of their salary, so that the data provided by the schools can be verified. A minimum response rate—equivalent to 25% of the latest intake or 50 students/alumni (whichever is lower)—is required for schools to be included in the ranking.


Diversity of recruiters; Percentage of job-seeking graduates with job offer 3 months after graduation; Alumnus rating of career service;


Faculty quality: Ratio of faculty to students; Percentage of full-time faculty with a PhD; Students/alumnus rating of faculty;

Student quality: Average GMAT score; Average number of years’ work experience; Pre MBA salary, currenst student $;

Student/faculty diversity: Student geographical diversity score; Student gender diversity score; Student rating of culture and classmates; Faculty gender diversity score;

Education experience: Student/alumnus rating of program content; Range of and access to overseas study programs; Number of languages on offer; Student/alumnus rating of facilities;

SALARY (20%)

Post-MBA salary, alumni, $; Salary increase alumni, $;


Ratio of alumni to current students; Number of overseas MBA alumni chapters; Number of overseas business-school alumni chapters; Alumnus rating of alumni effectiveness;

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: 90
  • Major dimensions covered: employability, reputation, teaching
  • Structure of presentation: ordinary presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: data collected from HEIs by ranking organization, 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