Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Executive Education

Best Business Schools In The World For 2020

MIT Sloan School of Management takes the prestigious title of the world’s business school for 2020, that’s according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Harvard Business School earned itself a respectable second place, with INSEAD Business School(Fontainebleau campus) is ranked third.

The 2020 rankings placed Wharton School – the University of PennsylvaniaŽ in fourth ahead of London Business School into fifth; while IESE Business School ranked sixth, and Said Business School seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 business schools, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by ESADE Business School, Columbia Business School, and Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Stanford Graduate School of Business took the No. 11 spot, followed by INSEAD Business School (Singapore campus) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (No.13).

Meanwhile, Alliance Manchester Business School ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best business schools in the world for 2020. IESE Business School came in fifteenth place, followed by the International Institute for Management Development IMD (sixteenth), HEC Paris (seventeenth), Yale School of Management (eighteenth), and INSEAD Business School(Abu Dhabi campus), ranked nineteenth.

Out of 100 best business schools in the world for 2020, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business ranked No. 20th. A number of parameters are used to compile the ranking, which is based on the satisfaction levels of individual students, industry professionals, and corporate recruiters.

So, if you are thinking about boosting your prospects with a postgraduate-level degree in business, we have got just the thing for you; here are 100 outstanding international business schools that can help advance your career…

Best Business Schools In The World For 2020

RankBusiness ShoolCityCountryScoreRating
1MIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridge, MAUnited States99.81AAA
2 Harvard Business SchoolBoston, MAUnited States98.38AAA
3INSEAD Business SchoolFontainebleauFrance95.95AAA
4The Wharton SchoolPhiladelphiaUnited States95.56AAA
5London Business SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom95.3AAA
6IESE Business School BarcelonaSpain95.19AAA
7Said Business SchoolOxfordUnited Kingdom94.98AAA
8ESADE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain94.73AAA
9Columbia Business SchoolNew YorkUnited States94.71AAA
10Haas School of Business at University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, CAUnited States94.54AAA
11Stanford Graduate School of BusinessStanford, CAUnited States94.42AAA
12INSEAD Business SchoolSingaporeSingapore94.21AAA
13Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)Hong KongHong Kong93.9AA
14Alliance Manchester Business SchoolManchester United Kingdom93.57AA
15IESE Business School MadridSpain93.56AA
16International Institute for Management Development (IMD)LausanneSwitzerland93.52AA
17HEC ParisParisFrance93.18AA
18Yale School of ManagementNew Haven, CTUnited States92.96AA
19INSEAD Business SchoolAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates92.86AA
20The University of Chicago Booth School of Business ChicagoUnited States92.37AA
21Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern UniversityEvanston, ILUnited States92AA
22Leonard N. Stern School of BusinessNew YorkUnited States91.9AA
23Cambridge Judge Business SchoolCambridgeUnited Kingdom91.85AA
24The Wharton SchoolSan FranciscoUnited States91.37AA
25Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaCalcuttaIndia90.97A
26UNC Kenan Flagler Business SchoolChapel Hill, NCUnited States90.82A
27IESE Business School MunichGermany90.8A
28Faculty of Management Studies at University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia90.31A
29Duke University Fuqua School of BusinessDurham, NC United States90.3A
30ESADE Business SchoolMadridSpain90.27A
31London Business SchoolDubaiUnited Arab Emirates90.16A
32Tuck School of BusinessHanover, NHUnited States89.92A
33Stephen M. Ross School of BusinessAnn Arbor, MIUnited States89.92A
34INSEAD Business SchoolSan FranciscoUnited States89.83A
35Indian Institute of Management AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia89.72A
36UCLA Anderson School of ManagementLos Angeles, CAUnited States89.51A
37Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of ManagementNew YorkUnited States89.45A
38China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ShanghaiChina89.34A
39The University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessLondonUnited Kingdom88.89A
40IESE Business School New YorkUnited States88.88A
41Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong88.88A
42Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaCharlottesville, VAUnited States88.62A
43The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Business Schools)Hong KongHong Kong88.58A
44Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of MarylandCollege Park MD United States88.57A
45McDonough School of Business, Georgetown UniversityWashington DC United States88.5A
46SDA Bocconi School of ManagementMilanItaly88.4A
47Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice UniversityHoustonUnited States88.21A
48Cass Business SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom88.19A
49The Wharton SchoolBeijingChina87.73A
50IESE Business School Sao PauloBrazil87.7A
51McDonough School of Business at Georgetown UniversityAustinUnited States87.64A
52National University of Singapore (NUS Business School)SingaporeSingapore87.44A
53Olin Business School, Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, MissouriUnited States87.12A
54Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MichiganUnited States87.07A
55Mannheim Business School (MBS)MannheimGermany86.67A
56Indian Institute of Management BangaloreBangaloreIndia86.62A
57Rotman School of ManagementToronto, OntarioCanada86.1A
58The University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessHong KongHong Kong85.9BBB
59Geneva Business SchoolGenevaSwitzerland85.8BBB
60Foster School of Business, University of WashingtonSeattle, WAUnited States85.72BBB
61Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus UniversityRotterdamNetherlands85.54BBB
62Indian Institute of Management LucknowLucknowIndia85.17BBB
63USC Marshall School of BusinessLos Angeles, CAUnited States85.08BBB
64Warwick Business SchoolCoventry, EnglandUnited Kingdom84.6BBB
65Penn State Smeal College of BusinessUniversity Park, PennsylvaniaUnited States84.58BBB
66Tepper School of BusinessPittsburgh, PAUnited States84.23BBB
67Purdue University Krannert School of ManagementWest Lafayette, INUnited States84.22BBB
68Melbourne Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia84.08BBB
69George Washington University School of BusinessWashington, D.C.United States83.97BBB
70Gies College of Business at the University of IllinoisChampaign, ILUnited States83.69BBB
71International Business School of ScandinaviaSkanderborgDenmark83.49BBB
72Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore83.11BBB
73Indian Institute of Management KozhikodeKozhikodeindia82.97BBB
74SDA Bocconi School of Management - Asia CenterMumbaiIndia82.89BBB
75European International University (EIU)ParisFrance82.84BBB
76Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of ManagementNashville, TNUnited States82.78BBB
77Emory University's Goizueta Business SchoolAtlanta, GAUnited States82.75BBB
78Cranfield School of ManagementCranfield, EnglandUnited Kingdom82.72BBB
79Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre DameNotre Dame, INUnited States82.56BBB
80UCI Paul Merage School of Business, University of CaliforniaIrvine, CAUnited States82.38BBB
81EIDM - Ecole Internationale de Mode et LuxeParisFrance82.32BBB
82 Graduate School of Business, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)Seoul South Korea81.63BBB
83Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaArlington, VirginiaUnited States81.46BBB
84IFM Business school - IFM UniversityGenevaSwitzerland81.4BBB
85Indiana University - Kelley School of BusinessBloomington, INUnited States81.32BBB
86Vlerick Business SchoolGhentBelgium81.31BBB
87USD School of Business, University of San DiegoSan Diego, CAUnited States80.6BB
88Fisher College of Business, Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OhioUnited States80.53BB
89ESMT BerlinBerlinGermany79.77BB
90Durham University Business SchoolDurhamUnited Kingdom78.85BB
91Boston University Questrom School of BusinessBoston, MAUnited States77.82BB
92W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State UniversityTempe, ArizonaUnited States77.69BB
93Nova School of Business and EconomicsLisbonPortugal77.59BB
94China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)BeijingChina76.51BB
95Indian Institute of Management IndoreIndoreIndia76.29BB
96Carlson School of ManagementMinneapolis, MNUnited States76.27BB
97Wisconsin School of BusinessMadison, WIUnited States75.61BB
98Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GeorgiaUnited States74.62BB
99Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina74.16BB
100Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)JamshedpurIndia74.07BB
101Macquarie Business SchoolSydneyAustralia73.58BB
102 Tippie College of BusinessIowa City, IAUnited States72.75BB
103Vlerick Business SchoolLeuvenBelgium72.72BB
104SDA Bocconi School of Management RomeRomeItaly71.45BB
105Indian Institute of Management ShillongShillongIndia70.74BB
106Strathclyde Business SchoolGlasgowUnited Kingdom68.65BB
107School of Management (SoM) at the University of St.GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland68.27BB
108Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill UniversityMontreal, QuebecCanada67.5BB
109Cox School of BusinessDallas, TexasUnited States67.33BB
110Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece67.1BB
111University of Bath School of ManagementBath, EnglandUnited Kingdom66.67BB
112TIAS School for Business and Society TilburgNetherlands65.57B
113Indian Institute of Management RohtakRohtakIndia65.34B
114UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business SchoolDublinIreland65.29B
115Babson CollegeBabson Park, MAUnited States64.63B
116 UBC Sauder School of Business VancouverCanada64.15B
117Boston College Carroll School of ManagementNewton, MassachusettsUnited States63.8B
118University of Edinburgh Business SchoolEdinburghUnited Kingdom63.78B
119Vlerick Business SchoolBrusselsBelgium62.59B
120Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaShanghaiChina62.29B
121Indian Institute of Management RanchiRanchiIndia61B
122School of Management at Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina60.53B
123UNSW Business SchoolSydneyAustralia59.76B
124Alberta School of BusinessEdmontonCanada59.76B
125Birmingham Business SchoolBirminghamUnited Kingdom57.77B
126Southampton Business SchoolSouthamptonUnited Kingdom57.65B
127Smith School of Business Queen's UniversityKingston, OntarioCanada57.38B
128Rady School of ManagementSan DiegoUnited States56.31B
129University of Queensland Business SchoolQueenslandAustralia56.29B
130TIAS School for BusinessUtrechtNetherlands56.2B
131Ivey School of BusinessOntarioCanada55.98B
132Indian Institute of Management RaipurRaipurIndia55.89B
133School of Economics and Business - Universidad de NavarraPamplonaSpain55.73B
134Emlyon Business SchoolParisFrance55.46B
135Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaSan FranciscoUnited States55.37B
136Indian Institute of Management TiruchirappalliTiruchirappalliIndia55.31B
137Sydney Business School, University of WollongongSydneyAustralia55.19B
138ESSEC Business SchoolCergyFrance54.95B
139Darla Moore School of Business, University of South CarolinaColumbia, South CarolinaUnited States54.92B
140China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ShenzhenChina54.69B
141Indian Institute of Management KashipurKashipurIndia54.63B
142Emlyon Business SchoolBhubaneswarIndia53.99B
143Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael53.74B
144Indian Institute of Management UdaipurUdaipurIndia53.59B
145TIAS School for BusinessEindhovenNetherlands53.55B
146Indian Institute of Management NagpurNagpurIndia53.41B
147Emlyon Business SchoolCasablancaMorocco53.28B
148TIAS School for BusinessTaipeiTaiwan 53.25B
149Indian Institute of Management AmritsarAmritsarIndia53.13B
150Indian Institute of Management Bodh GayaBodh GayaIndia53B
151Indian Institute of Management SirmaurSirmaurIndia52.83B
152The College of Business and Economics at Qatar UniversityDohaQatar52.52B
153University of DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates52.5B
154TIAS School for BusinessBeijingChina52.4B
155China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ZurichSwitzerland52.35B
156Indian Institute of Management VisakhapatnamVisakhapatnamIndia52.24B
157Emlyon Business SchoolShanghaiChina51.85B
158EAE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain51.8B
159College of Business Administration at Kuwait UniversityKuwait CityKuwait51.7B
160 Monash Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia51.61B
161United Arab Emirates UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates51.41B
162Indian Institute of Management SambalpurSambalpurIndia51.34B
163IAE Business SchoolBuenos AiresArgentina50.88CCC
164EGADE Business SchoolSan Pedro Garza Garc?aMexico50.73CCC
165Adelaide Business SchoolAdelaide, South AustraliaAustralia50.59CCC
166Lancaster University Management SchoolLancasterUnited Kingdom50.39CCC
167TIAS School for BusinessShanghaiChina50.28CCC
168Indian Institute of Management JammuJammuIndia50.13CCC
169Graduate School of Business, University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa50.04CCC
170GIBS Business School, University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa49.97CC
171China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)AccraGhana49.9CC
172The American University in Cairo School of BusinessCairoEgypt49.87CC
173Keio Business School, Keio UniversityTokyoJapan49.64CC
174IPADE business school of Universidad PanamericanaMexico CityMexico49.61CC
175Waseda Business School at Waseda UniversityTokyoJapan49.58CC
176Imperial College Business SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom49.52CC
177Graduate School of Business Administration at Kobe UniversityKobeJapan49.47CC
178ESAN Graduate School of BusinessLimaPeru49.43CC
179Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (NUCB)NagoyaJapan49.41CC
180La Trobe Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia49.38CC
181Tokyo University of Science School of ManagementTokyoJapan49.34CC
182American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon49.32CC
183Catolica Lisbon School of Business & EconomicsLisbonPortugal49.12CC
184Schulich School of Business at York UniversityOntarioCanada49.09CC
185Sprott School of Business at Carleton UniversityOntarioCanada49.07CC
186Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of GuelphOntarioCanada48.97CC
187Lakehead UniversityOntarioCanada48.94CC

Methodology: CEOWORLD magazine’s best business schools in the world for 2020 is based on seven major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic reputation
2) Admission Eligibility
3) Job placement rate
4) Recruiter feedback
5) Specialization
6) Global reputation and influence
7) Annual tuition and fees

Data for these indicators were collected from publicly available sources, the business institute’s website, and our research. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiters’ feedback, without relying on university data submissions. Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate business schools on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

*However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the 100 schools above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s best business schools in the world for 2020,” there may be many other outstanding schools that offer excellent MBA programs.
* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a business school, and are simply one element to consider.
* Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of the CEOWORLD magazine.
* The top-ranked school receives 100 points.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 90,000 individuals, across 7 data points.
* Surveys completed by 40,000 students, 48,000 industry professionals, and 2,000 recruiters around the world.
*The overall score is numerical scores given to the schools based on students, business executives, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the school. Overall scores are out of 1,000.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 90,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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Sophie Ireland
I'm policy editor at CEOWORLD magazine covering venture capital, money, lists, rankings, billionaires and their wealth. Previously, I worked on the breaking news team at CEOWORLD magazine covering money and markets. Email me at, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or subscribe to my Facebook page.