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The World’s Best Universities For Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), 2022

Alliance Manchester Business School takes the prestigious title of the world’s best university for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), that’s according to the CEOWORLD magazine 2022 rankings. Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University earned itself a respectable second place, with SDA Bocconi School of Management is ranked third. The 2022 rankings placed Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in fourth ahead of Lubin School of Business at Pace University into fifth; while London Metropolitan University ranked sixth and Leeds University Business School School seventh.

Overall, among the Top 10 Universities For a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, the University of Aberdeen Business School, and Creighton University – Heider College of Business.

The World's Best Universities For Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), 2022

1Alliance Manchester Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
2Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management at Temple UniversityUnited States
3SDA Bocconi School of ManagementItaly
4Pepperdine Graziadio Business SchoolUnited States
5Lubin School of Business at Pace UniversityUnited States
6London Metropolitan UniversityUnited Kingdom
7Leeds University Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
8Georgia State University’s Robinson College of BusinessUnited States
9University of Aberdeen Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
10Creighton University - Heider College of BusinessUnited States
11Cranfield School of ManagementUnited Kingdom
12Aston Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
13Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of BusinessUnited States
14Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business - DePaul UniversityUnited States
15LeBow College of Business - Drexel UniversityUnited States
16Durham University Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
17Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida TechUnited States
18Emlyon Business SchoolFrance
19Florida International University College of BusinessUnited States
20Copenhagen Business SchoolDenmark
21Zicklin School of Business at Baruch CollegeUnited States
22Antwerp Management SchoolBelgium
23Abu Dhabi University’s College of BusinessUnited Arab Emirates
24Audencia Business SchoolFrance
25Birmingham City UniversityUnited Kingdom
26Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
27Business School LausanneSwitzerland
28Bournemouth University Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
29Ecole des Ponts Business SchoolFrance
30Kingston Business School LondonUnited Kingdom
31Liverpool John Moores UniversityUnited Kingdom
32Maastricht School of ManagementNetherlands
33Manchester Metropolitan University Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
34Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State UniversityUnited States
35Paris Dauphine UniversityFrance
36University of Liverpool Management SchoolUnited Kingdom
37University of HuddersfieldUnited Kingdom
38University of GloucestershireUnited Kingdom
39University of PortsmouthUnited Kingdom
40Muma College of Business at University of South FloridaUnited States
41College of Business at University of Rhode IslandUnited States
42Henley Business School at University of ReadingUnited Kingdom
43Gordon Institute of Business Science Business schoolSouth Africa
44University of Southern QueenslandAustralia
45Zurich University of Applied SciencesSwitzerland
46Olin Business School - Washington University in St. LouisUnited States
47Vlerick Business School - GhentBelgium
48R.B. Pamplin College of Business at Virginia TechUnited States
49Victoria University Graduate School of BusinessAustralia
50University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterUnited States
51University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
52University of MarylandUnited States
53University of Missouri–St. LouisUnited States
54Belk College of Business at UNC CharlotteUnited States
55SBS Swiss Business SchoolSwitzerland
56ESC Rennes School of BusinessFrance
57Nyenrode Business UniversiteitNetherlands
58Nottingham Business School (NBS)United Kingdom
59Northumbria UniversityUnited Kingdom
60Newcastle University Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
61Kennesaw State UniversityUnited States
62Jacksonville UniversityUnited States
63International University of MonacoMonaco
64Hult International Business SchoolUnited States
65Edinburgh Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
66Grenoble Ecole de ManagementFrance
67GBSB Global Business SchoolSpain
68Franklin UniversityUnited States
69Beirut Arab UniversityLebanon
70CENTRUM PUCP Business SchoolPeru
71City University of Hong KongHong Kong
72Concordia UniversityCanada
73International School of ManagementGermany
74IPAG Business SchoolFrance
75Massey UniversityNew Zealand
76Pontifical Catholic UniversityChile
77Jack Welch College of Business & Technology at Sacred Heart UniversityUnited States
78Sheffield Hallam UniversityUnited Kingdom
79St. Thomas UniversityUnited States
80Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia
81Teesside UniversityUnited Kingdom
82United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
83United Business InstitutesBelgium
84University College CorkIreland
85University of BathUnited Kingdom
86University of Bedfordshire Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
87Birmingham Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
88University of BoltonUnited Kingdom
89Bradford School of Management at University of BradfordUnited Kingdom
90Haskayne School of Business at University of CalgaryCanada
91Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of DallasUnited States
92University of Otago Business SchoolNew Zealand

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine surveyed 150,00 business executives, graduates, global business influencers, industry professionals, business school academics, employers, and recruiters in 156 countries and territories between November 15, 2021, and February 22, 2022. 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.

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 2022 Global Universities survey was carried out by the CEOWORLD magazine – the website for ​CEOs, COOs, CFOs, senior corporate executives, business leaders, private equity investors, investment bankers, and high net worth individuals worldwide. CEOWORLD magazine ranked 173 Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs around the world.

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 Universities For Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 2022,” there may be many other universities 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 150,00 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 150,00 (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

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