General information on ranking

Name of the ranking FT Global MBA Ranking
Geographical scope Global
Name of person in charge of ranking Judith Pizer
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency annual
First year of publication 1999
Most recent year of publication 2021
Date of last update 2021-08-29
Ranking organization The Financial Times Limited
Website of the methodology

The methodology of the FT Global MBA Ranking consist of 20 indicators. All participating schools have to meet the FT’s entry criteria, including being accredited by EQUIS or the AACSB.

Weighted salary (20%) - Average alumnus salary three years after graduation.

Salary increase (20%) - Average difference in alumni salary before the MBA to now.

Value for money (3%) - Calculated using salary today, course length, fees and other costs, including lost income during the MBA.

Career progress (3%) - Calculated according to changes in the level of seniority and the size of company alumni work in now, compared with before their MBA.

Aims achieved (3%) - The extent to which alumni fulfilled their stated goals or reasons for doing an MBA.

Careers service (3%) - Effectiveness of the school careers service in terms of career counselling, personal development, networking events, internship search and recruitment, as rated by their alumni.

Employed at three months (2%) - Percentage of the most recent graduating class who had found employment or accepted a job offer within three months of completing their studies.

Alumni recommend (3%) - Calculated according to selection by alumni of three schools from which they would recruit MBA graduates.

Female faculty (2%) - Percentage of female faculty.

Female students (2%) - Percentage of female students on the full-time MBA.

Women on board (1%) - Percentage of female members on the school’s advisory board.

International faculty (4%) - Calculated according to the diversity of faculty by citizenship and the percentage whose nationality differs from their country of employment.

International students (4%) - Calculated according to the diversity of current MBA students by citizenship and the percentage whose nationality differs from the country in which they study.

International board (2%) - Percentage of the board whose citizenship differs from the country in which the school is based.

International mobility (6%) - Based on alumni citizenship and the countries where they worked before their MBA, on graduation and three years after.

International course experience (3%) - Calculated on whether the most recent graduating class completed exchanges, research projects, study tours and company internships in countries other than where the school is based.

Languages (1%) - Number of extra languages required on completion of the MBA.

Faculty with doctorates (5%) - Percentage of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree.

FT research rank (10%) - Calculated according to the number of articles published by current full-time faculty members in 50 selected academic and practitioner journals between January 2018 and July 2020.

Corporate social responsibility rank (3%) -  Proportion of core courses dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues.

For the three gender-related criteria, schools with a 50:50 (male/female) composition receive the highest score.

Additional information

  • Type of publication: internet, print - magazine, newspaper
  • Internet users access to ranking: open access
  • Language of publication: English
  • Main target groups: employers, higher education institutions, students and parents
  • Level of comparison: study programs
  • Major dimensions covered: employability, internationalization, reputation, research, teaching
  • Structure of presentation: multi-indicator ranking, ordinary presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: data collected from HEIs by third-party agency, survey of HEIs staff or students by ranking organization in collaboration with a HEI, third-party database (data not provided by HEI)
  • 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