IESE’s MBA is first in Europe and sixth in the World, according to The Economist

  • IESE Business School is the only non-U.S. school in the top ten of The Economist’s 2018 WhichMBA? Full-time ranking
  • The ranking highlights the potential to network and new career opportunities generated on IESE´s MBA program

IESE Business School´s MBA has been ranked the top program in Europe and sixth in the world, according to The Economist´s WhichMBA? 2018 Full-time ranking, released today. IESE is the only non-U.S. school in the top ten. The top five spots are occupied by the American schools Booth (Chicago), Northwestern (Kellogg), Harvard, Wharton (Pennsylvania) and Stanford. After IESE at no.6, the top ten is rounded out by Ross (Michigan), UCLA Anderson, Darden (Virginia) and Columbia.

The British magazine´s ranking highlights the new career opportunities that are opened for IESE Business School MBA students. The school´s Career Development Center organizes numerous activities, resources, support, career forums and fairs throughout the year for students. Earlier this week, some 700 MBA students and 48 companies took part in IESE´s largest ever career forum.


As well as career opportunities, the potential to network, especially among the school´s active international alumni community (IESE is the no.1 ranked school for the number of its international alumni chapters), also stood out as key to IESE´s good position.


The Economist ranking is based on a combination of surveys of MBA students and alumni, as well as data provided by the various schools. The survey gives special weight to four factors: the creation of new career opportunities, personal development opportunities and educational experience, salary enhancement and networking.


When IESE Business School launched its full-time MBA program in 1964, under the guidance of the Harvard-IESE committee, it was Europe’s first two-year MBA program. Since its inception, it has continually innovated. In 1980, the program became the first bilingual MBA program in the world. Today, the program offers students a unique international experience, with roughly 85% of students coming from abroad, as well as the option to study intensive overseas modules in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Nairobi. For the first time, the school is now also giving students the option of completing the full-time MBA in either 15 or 19 months, offering even greater flexibility and choice to participants.


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