Business school ranking: LBS on the Top

400The Financial Times has published the 2017 edition of its European Business School Ranking, which is based on the performance of each business school's MBA, EMBA, Master in Management and Executive Education programs.  The top 10 in this year's ranking shows only a minor shuffling from last year.

For the fourth year in a row, London Business School leads the ranking, even though the school's position in the FT's Global MBA Ranking dropped this year, from third to sixth.

Also for the fourth year in a row, HEC Paris takes the runner-up position in this year's European Business School ranking. Third place belongs to Spain's IE Business School, which rose one position. Also rising one position is St. Gallen, which this year takes the fourth spot.

The top business school ranking is based on five main rankings each of which measures aspects of the quality and range of postgraduate programmes, including MBAs, executive MBAs, masters in management, and two executive education tables.

LBS comes top because of the broad range of its ranked courses. As well as the masters programmes, it offers executive education programmes which, it says, develops learning solutions for participants from over 130 countries and delivers custom programmes in 40 different countries.

INSEAD Business School drops two places to land at position number five. INSEAD's MBA program was ranked as the best program in the world in the Global MBA Ranking.

Italy's SDA Bocconi holds on to position number six, while Spain's IESE Business School drops one spot to number seven.

ESADE Business School has dropped two spots to number eight. The top 10 is rounded out by Rotterdam School of Management and Switzerland's IMD Business School. You can see the top 25 business schools, along with their ranking changes from last year, below.

The FT bases these rankings on the performance of each school's ranking across the publication's other rankings. Each program (MBA, EMBA, MiM, and Executive Education) accounts for 25 percent of the total score.

2017 rank School Change from last year

1 London Business School (LBS) no change

2 HEC Paris no change

3 IE Business School +1

4 St. Gallen +1


6 SDA Bocconi no change

7 IESE Business School +2

8 ESADE Business School -2

9 RSM +1

10 IMD no change

11 Cambridge - Judge +2

12 Oxford - Said -1

13 ESCP Europe -1

14 EDHEC Business School no change

15 (tie) Mannheim Business School +4

15 (tie) Warwick Business School +7

15 (tie) City University - Cass +11

18 ESMT Berlin +3

19 Vlerick Business School -4

20 Imperial -4

21 Grenoble -4

22 EMLyon Business School -2

23 ESSEC Business School -5

24 UCD - Smurfit -5

25 Nova School of Business and Economics -2


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