Poets & Quants Top Business Schools
IESE Business School at the University of Navarra
Location: Avda. Pearson, 21 Barcelona, Spain 08034
Admissions Office: Barcelona (+34) 93 253 42 00 or Madrid (+34) 91 211 30 00
IESE Business School
Round One: October 4, 2016
Round Two: January 5, 2017
Round Three: March 7, 2017
Final Round: April 18, 2017
IESE Business School at the University of Navarra is one of a handful of the very best business schools in Europe. The school’s MBA program consistently ranks among the best in the world, and graduates have high praise for the school’s small and intimate MBA experience.
Classes at IESE employ the Harvard-originated case study method, which bases learning on actual management situations. Students and professors analyze and discuss hundreds of cases to devise and implement solutions to real business scenarios.
Entrepreneurship is a key element within the MBA program. A hallmark of the program is the second-year entrepreneurship course, in which students develop business plans and are eligible to present them to actual investors in order to receive seed money.
Rankings Analysis: In Poets&Quants’ 2012 composite ranking of the best business schools outside the U.S., IESE gained two places to finish an impressive third, behind only London Business School and INSEAD.
The school got a lift from all three of the four rankings that were published this year. The biggest lift was from Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2012 ranking where it gained four places to place as the eighth best international MBA program, up from 12th in 2010. BusinessWeek largely ranks schools on the basis of graduate and corporate recruiter satisfaction. BW ranked IESE sixth in graduate satisfaction and 11th on its recruiter survey.
The Economist ranked IESE best among non-U.S. schools in 2012, up from third a year earlier, while The Financial Times moved the school up one place to fourth among schools outside the U.S., from fifth in 2011.
When Forbes, which ranks schools on the basis of return on investment, last did its biennial ranking of global business schools in 2011, IESE finished third.
One IESE graduate summed up his MBA experience at the school by telling BusinessWeek: “IESE has been a great experience. The school has a very hands-on approach to teaching a comprehensive and integrated general management [course]. The small class size (210 people) yields a very friendly, informal, and close-knit atmosphere among students and professors…Barcelona is a great city and international students are able to learn Spanish.”
IESE has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.
Annual Tuition: $36,580 (€)
Median GMAT: 700
Full-Time Enrollment: 170
Mean Age: 22