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Best Business Schools In The World For 2021

Harvard Business School takes the prestigious title of the world’s business school for 2021, that’s according to the CEOWORLD magazine. Wharton School earned itself a respectable second place, with MIT Sloan School of Management is ranked third. The 2021 rankings placed London Business School in fourth ahead of INSEAD Business School into fifth; while Said Business School ranked sixth and Columbia Business School seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 business schools, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Haas School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and IESE Business School. International Institute for Management Development (IMD) took the No. 11 spot, followed by Yale School of Management and Cambridge Judge Business School (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 2021. HEC Paris came in fifteenth place, followed by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (sixteenth), Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University (seventeenth), Duke University Fuqua School of Business (eighteenth), and Leonard N. Stern School of Business ranked nineteenth. Out of the 100 best business schools in the world for 2021, ESADE Business School 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 the best international business schools that can help advance your career…

Best Business Schools In The World For 2021

RankInstitutionCampusCountryScoreRating
1Harvard Business SchoolBoston, MAUS99.81AAA
2Wharton SchoolPhiladelphiaUS98.38AAA
3MIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridge, MAUS95.95AAA
4London Business SchoolLondonUK95.56AAA
5INSEAD Business SchoolFontainebleauFrance95.3AAA
6Said Business SchoolOxfordUK95.19AAA
7Columbia Business SchoolNew YorkUS94.98AAA
8Haas School of BusinessBerkeley, CAUS94.73AAA
9Stanford Graduate School of BusinessStanford, CAUS94.71AAA
10IESE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain94.54AAA
11International Institute for Management Development (IMD)LausanneSwitzerland94.42AAA
12Yale School of ManagementNew Haven, CTUS94.21AAA
13Cambridge Judge Business SchoolCambridgeUK93.9AA
14Alliance Manchester Business SchoolManchesterUK93.57AA
15HEC ParisParisFrance93.56AA
16University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessChicagoUS93.52AA
17Kellogg School of Management Northwestern UniversityEvanston, ILUS93.18AA
18Duke University Fuqua School of BusinessDurham, North CarolinaUS92.96AA
19Leonard N. Stern School of BusinessNew YorkUS92.86AA
20ESADE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain92.37AA
21UNC Kenan Flagler Business SchoolChapel Hill, North CarolinaUS92AA
22Tuck School of BusinessHanover, New HampshireUS91.9AA
23Stephen M. Ross School of BusinessAnn Arbor, MichiganUS91.85AA
24HKUST Business SchoolHong KongHong Kong91.37AA
25UCLA Anderson School of ManagementLos Angeles, CaliforniaUS90.97A
26Cornell SC Johnson College of BusinessNew YorkUS90.82A
27Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaCharlottesville, VirginiaUS90.8A
28McDonough School of Business, Georgetown UniversityWashington D.C.US90.31A
29Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia90.3A
30IESE Business SchoolMadridSpain90.27A
31Indian Institute of Management AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia90.16A
32National University of Singapore (NUS Business School)SingaporeSingapore89.92A
33Olin Business SchoolSt. Louis, MissouriUS89.92A
34Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MichiganUS89.83A
35Mannheim Business School (MBS)MannheimGermany89.72A
36USC Marshall School of BusinessLos Angeles, CaliforniaUS89.51A
37Foster School of Business, University of WashingtonSeattle, WashingtonUS89.45A
38Rotman School of ManagementToronto, OntarioCanada89.34A
39Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania US88.89A
40Purdue University Krannert School of ManagementWest Lafayette, IndianaUS88.88A
41ESMT BerlinBerlinGermany88.88A
42Penn State Smeal College of BusinessUniversity Park, PennsylvaniaUS88.62A
43Warwick Business SchoolCoventry, EnglandUK88.58A
44WHU Otto Beisheim Graduate School of ManagementDusseldorfGermany88.57A
45Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus UniversityRotterdamNetherlands88.5A
46Melbourne Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia88.4A
47George Washington University - GW School of BusinessWashington D.C.US88.21A
48Gies College of Business at the University of IllinoisChampaign,IllinoisUS88.19A
49Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of MarylandCollege Park, MarylandUS87.73A
50China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ShanghaiChina87.7A
51Faculty of Management Studies at University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia87.64A
52SAIT School of BusinessCalgary, AlbertaCanada87.44A
53HKU Business SchoolHong KongHong Kong87.12A
54Emory University's Goizueta Business SchoolAtlanta, GeorgiaUS87.07A
55Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore86.67A
56CUHK Business SchoolsHong KongHong Kong86.62A
57Geneva Business SchoolGenevaSwitzerland86.1A
58Munster School of Business and EconomicsMunsterGermany85.9BBB
59Cranfield School of ManagementCranfield, EnglandUK85.8BBB
60Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IndianaUS85.72BBB
61UCI Paul Merage School of Business, University of CaliforniaIrvine, CaliforniaUS85.54BBB
62Graduate School of Business, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)SeoulSouth Korea85.17BBB
63Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementFrankfurtGermany85.08BBB
64Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of ManagementNashville, TennesseeUS84.6BBB
65Indian Institute of Management BangaloreBangaloreIndia84.58BBB
66University of Cologne Business SchoolKolnGermany84.23BBB
67Indiana University - Kelley School of BusinessBloomington, Indiana us84.22BBB
68Vlerick Business SchoolGhentBelgium84.08BBB
69HHL Leipzig Graduate School of ManagementLeipzigGermany83.97BBB
70EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (EIU - PARIS)ParisFrance83.69BBB
71Fisher College of Business, Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OhioUS83.49BBB
72Durham University Business SchoolDurhamUK83.11BBB
73USD School of Business, University of San DiegoSan Diego, CaliforniaUS82.97BBB
74Indian Institute of Management LucknowLucknowIndia82.89BBB
75Fashion Design InstitutDusseldorfGermany82.84BBB
76Boston University Questrom School of BusinessBoston, MassachusettsUS82.78BBB
77W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State UniversityTempe, ArizonaUS82.75BBB
78Indian Institute of Management KozhikodeKozhikodeIndia82.72BBB
79EIDM - Ecole Internationale de Mode et LuxeParisFrance82.56BBB
80Nova School of Business and EconomicsLisbonPortugal82.38BBB
81IFM Business school - IFM UniversityGenevaSwitzerland82.32BBB
82Indian Institute of Management IndoreIndoreIndia81.63BBB
83Carlson School of ManagementMinneapolis, MinnesotaUS81.46BBB
84Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GeorgiaUS81.4BBB
85Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)JamshedpurIndia81.32BBB
86Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina81.31BBB
87Macquarie Business SchoolSydneyAustralia80.6BB
88 Tippie College of BusinessIowa City, IAUnited States80.53BB
89Vlerick Business SchoolLeuvenBelgium79.77BB
90SDA Bocconi School of Management RomeRomeItaly78.85BB
91Indian Institute of Management ShillongShillongIndia77.82BB
92Strathclyde Business SchoolGlasgowUnited Kingdom77.69BB
93School of Management (SoM) at the University of St.GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland77.59BB
94Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill UniversityMontreal, QuebecCanada76.51BB
95Cox School of BusinessDallas, TexasUnited States76.29BB
96Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece76.27BB
97University of Bath School of ManagementBath, EnglandUnited Kingdom75.61BB
98TIAS School for Business and Society TilburgNetherlands74.62BB
99Indian Institute of Management RohtakRohtakIndia74.16BB
100UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business SchoolDublinIreland74.07BB
101Babson CollegeBabson Park, MAUnited States73.58BB
102 UBC Sauder School of Business VancouverCanada72.75BB
103Boston College Carroll School of ManagementNewton, MassachusettsUnited States72.72BB
104University of Edinburgh Business SchoolEdinburghUnited Kingdom71.45BB
105Vlerick Business SchoolBrusselsBelgium70.74BB
106Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaShanghaiChina68.65BB
107Indian Institute of Management RanchiRanchiIndia68.27BB
108School of Management at Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina67.5BB
109UNSW Business SchoolSydneyAustralia67.33BB
110Alberta School of BusinessEdmontonCanada67.1BB
111Birmingham Business SchoolBirminghamUnited Kingdom66.67BB
112Southampton Business SchoolSouthamptonUnited Kingdom65.57B
113Smith School of Business Queen's UniversityKingston, OntarioCanada65.34B
114Rady School of ManagementSan DiegoUnited States65.29B
115University of Queensland Business SchoolQueenslandAustralia64.63B
116TIAS School for BusinessUtrechtNetherlands64.15B
117Ivey School of BusinessOntarioCanada63.8B
118Indian Institute of Management RaipurRaipurIndia63.78B
119School of Economics and Business - Universidad de NavarraPamplonaSpain62.59B
120Emlyon Business SchoolParisFrance62.29B
121Darden School of Business at the University of VirginiaSan FranciscoUnited States61B
122Indian Institute of Management TiruchirappalliTiruchirappalliIndia60.53B
123Sydney Business School, University of WollongongSydneyAustralia59.76B
124ESSEC Business SchoolCergyFrance59.76B
125Darla Moore School of Business, University of South CarolinaColumbia, South CarolinaUnited States57.77B
126China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ShenzhenChina57.65B
127Indian Institute of Management KashipurKashipurIndia57.38B
128Emlyon Business SchoolBhubaneswarIndia56.31B
129Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael56.29B
130Indian Institute of Management UdaipurUdaipurIndia56.2B
131TIAS School for BusinessEindhovenNetherlands55.98B
132Indian Institute of Management NagpurNagpurIndia55.89B
133Emlyon Business SchoolCasablancaMorocco55.73B
134TIAS School for BusinessTaipeiTaiwan 55.46B
135Indian Institute of Management AmritsarAmritsarIndia55.37B
136Indian Institute of Management Bodh GayaBodh GayaIndia55.31B
137Indian Institute of Management SirmaurSirmaurIndia55.19B
138The College of Business and Economics at Qatar UniversityDohaQatar54.95B
139University of DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates54.92B
140TIAS School for BusinessBeijingChina54.69B
141China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)ZurichSwitzerland54.63B
142Indian Institute of Management VisakhapatnamVisakhapatnamIndia53.99B
143Emlyon Business SchoolShanghaiChina53.74B
144EAE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain53.59B
145College of Business Administration at Kuwait UniversityKuwait CityKuwait53.55B
146 Monash Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia53.41B
147United Arab Emirates UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates53.28B
148Indian Institute of Management SambalpurSambalpurIndia53.25B
149IAE Business SchoolBuenos AiresArgentina53.13B
150EGADE Business SchoolSan Pedro Garza Garc?aMexico53B
151Adelaide Business SchoolAdelaide, South AustraliaAustralia52.83B
152Lancaster University Management SchoolLancasterUnited Kingdom52.52B
153TIAS School for BusinessShanghaiChina52.5B
154Indian Institute of Management JammuJammuIndia52.4B
155Graduate School of Business, University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa52.35B
156GIBS Business School, University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa52.24B
157China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)AccraGhana51.85B
158The American University in Cairo School of BusinessCairoEgypt51.8B
159Keio Business School, Keio UniversityTokyoJapan51.7B
160IPADE business school of Universidad PanamericanaMexico CityMexico51.61B
161Waseda Business School at Waseda UniversityTokyoJapan51.41B
162Imperial College Business SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom51.34B
163Graduate School of Business Administration at Kobe UniversityKobeJapan50.88CCC
164ESAN Graduate School of BusinessLimaPeru50.73CCC
165Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (NUCB)NagoyaJapan50.59CCC
166La Trobe Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia50.39CCC
167Tokyo University of Science School of ManagementTokyoJapan50.28CCC
168American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon50.13CCC
169Catolica Lisbon School of Business & EconomicsLisbonPortugal50.04CCC
170Schulich School of Business at York UniversityOntarioCanada49.97CC
171Sprott School of Business at Carleton UniversityOntarioCanada49.9CC
172Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of GuelphOntarioCanada49.87CC
173Lakehead UniversityOntarioCanada49.64CC

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 186,350 business executives, graduates, global business influencers, industry professionals, business school academics, employers, and recruiters in 200 territories between November 15, 2020 and February 22, 2021. Ten percent of the interviews were conducted by telephone, 82% online, and 8% by post or face-to-face. All quantitative interviews were conducted on a confidential basis, without relying on institutions’ data submissions. The research was undertaken by CEOWORLD magazine Research, our global center of excellence for primary research and evidence-based consulting services. To establish our list, we collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey. Participants were asked to rate institutions on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.” The 2021 Global Business Schools survey was carried out by the CEOWORLD magazine – the website for corporate executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.

The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. 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

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “best business schools in the world for 2021,” there may be many other business schools that offer excellent programs. This ranking should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a business school, and are merely one element to consider.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 186,350 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.

Not all figures add up to 100% as a result of rounding percentages and excluding ‘neither/nor’ and ‘don’t know’ responses from exhibit. The base for global figures is 186,350 (global respondents) unless otherwise stated. All responses are kept confidential to allow survey participants to share their perspectives in a respectful, truthful, unbiased, and collegial setting. For more information, please contact at info@ceoworld.biz.

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Anna Papadopoulos
Vice President & Executive Editor. Anna Papadopoulos is the Vice President and Executive Editor of the CEOWORLD magazine. In that role she resumes responsibility for the CEOWORLD magazine newsroom, setting daily news priorities, and directing all of CEOWORLD magazine's news-gathering teams. Previously, Anna was the senior supervising editor of CEOWORLD magazine's International Desk. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at AP@ceoworld.biz