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QS Global MBA Rankings 2024 out; Stanford retains top spot

Updated on 23 October, 2023

Akansha Semwal

Akansha Semwal

Sr. Content Writer & Study Abroad Expert

Stanford Graduate School of Business’ full-time MBA has topped the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Global MBA Rankings for the third consecutive year. Harvard Business School and The Wharton School bagged second and third spots, respectively, in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2023. Also, Cambridge Judge Business School witnessed respectable gains as it rose from 17th to 12th position. 

B-schools in the US dominate the ranking, with as many as 115 American programs being among the 300 ranked. Five of the top 10 institutions and 40 of the top 100 were business schools with campuses in the United States.

Top 20 QS Global MBA Rankings List

Business SchoolCountry 2023 2022
Stanford GSBUSA11
Penn (Wharton)USA32
HEC ParisFrance44
London Business SchoolUK55
MIT (Sloan)USA66
IE Business SchoolSpain77
Columbia Business SchoolUSA8
IESE Business SchoolSpain1010
UC Berkeley (Haas)USA1111
Cambridge (Judge)UK1217
Chicago (Booth)USA1312
Northwestern (Kellogg)USA1416
UCLA (Anderson)USA1515
Oxford (Said)UK1613
Esade Business SchoolSpain1713
Yale School of ManagementUSA1818
NYU (Stern)USA1919
Michigan (Ross)USA2020

QS MBA Ranking Methodology

Data for the QS MBA ranking is garnered via academics, employers, and business school staff surveys.

The global MBA programs in 47 countries have been ranked using five data lenses, with Employability as the primary metric. Employability (40%); Return on Investment (20%); Thought Leadership (15%); Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes (15%); Class & Faculty Diversity (10%).

To be encapsulated in the QS MBA ranking, business schools must be accredited by either EFMD (EQUIS), AACSB, or AMBA.


Akansha Semwal

Sr. Content Writer & Study Abroad Expert

Akansha Semwal is a content marketer at upGrad and has also worked as a social media marketer & sub-editor. Experienced in creating impressive Statement of Purpose, Essays, and LOR, she knows how to captivate the attention of Admissions Committee. Her research-driven;study-abroad articles helps aspirants to make the prudent decision. She holds a bachelor's & master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi.

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