QS Global MBA Ranking

The Global MBA Rankings highlight the best MBA programs across the world. Data was collected using three surveys; the QS Global Employer Survey, the QS Global Academic Survey and a survey completed by the Universities themselves. A total of 13 criteria form the basis of five key indicators that programs were ranked on:

  • Employability (40%): The backbone of the rankings is the Global Employer Survey, which asks employers which schools they prefer to hire from. Participating employers include Facebook, Google, Uber, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. The total score for this indicator also considers the employment rate for students, three months post-graduation, based on MBACSEA standards.

  • Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes (15%): The Alumni Outcomes Index looks at the schools associated with CEOs, executives and board members at the biggest companies in the world including Apple, Amazon, UBS, IBM, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobil, AT&T, PepsiCo. etc. This is combined with the proportion of students from each program who have gone on to set up their own business. To reflect a growing trend of students interested in setting up their own companies post-graduation, entrepreneurship accounts for a considerable proportion of the entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes. 

  • Return on Investment (20%): A depiction of the 10-year return on investment, mapping average post-MBA salaries against average salaries before enrolment, considering forgone salary as well as tuition and cost of living (using Mercer statistics). Salary increases are factored into both pre and post-MBA salary, with the latter increasing at a higher rate, as you would expect. Schools are given a graded bonus for the number of entrepreneurs produced, to account for the slower but potentially much higher return for those starting a business. The percentage of graduates accepting employment within three months of finishing their studies is also taken into account.

  • Thought Leadership (15%): This indicator is based on the responses of academics from around the world, who elect which institutions they believe are the strongest in their subject area. Research impact is also included; as per the QS World University Rankings by Subject methodology, citations per paper are measured, rather than citations per faculty member. The percentage of faculty with a doctoral degree is also taken into account.

  • Class & Faculty Diversity (10%): To give a clear representation of diversity with a program we looked at the percentage of female students and faculty members (schools with an equal split receiving the highest possible score). We also looked at the percentage of international faculty overall at the business school or University, and the international mix of students on the MBA program.


 

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QS Global Masters Ranking


 

Universities and schools were assessed by measuring five different metrics, with slight differences in weighting between each ranking. Those metrics are:

  • Employability: Over 158,000 responses to QS’ Global Employer Survey were collected, regarding which schools were considered the best by employers. This large pool of information gained from companies across all sectors and industries has allowed QS to put a significant weighting on employability in these rankings. Recent employers to take part in the survey include Bank of America, Uber, Facebook and Google. Based on MBACSEA standards this indicator includes a three-month, post-graduation employment rate weighting.

  • Alumni Outcomes: Over 150 regional and global lists such as the FT Global 500, the Forbes 2000 etc., to form the basis of our Alumni Outcomes Index were taken into consideration. This is used to track over 49,000 executives, board members and CEOs of the largest companies in the world, and the business school programs with which they are associated.

  • Value for Money: The 10-year return on investment was examined, mapping average post-masters salaries against average regional salaries for non-masters’ graduates, taking into account forgone salary as well as tuition and cost of living (using Mercer statistics). Salary increases are factored into both non-masters and masters salary, with the latter increasing at a higher rate. No loans or scholarships were included in this methodology.

  • Thought Leadership: Several things are taken into consideration when determining thought leadership. Responses from academics from across the globe are examined. The percentage of faculty with a doctoral degree is also taken into account, as is research impact. As per the QS World University Rankings by Subject methodology citations per paper are measured, rather than citations per faculty member.

  • Class & Faculty Diversity: To give a reflection of diversity within a program a combination of both female students and faculty within a program (those with a 50% female ratio scoring highest) is examined. In addition the percentage of international students on the program and international faculty at the business school or University as a whole is taken into account.

For more information about QS Global Masters Ranking, click here.