The 2017 Best International Business Schools

INSEAD bills itself as “the business school for the world”

The Definitive List Of The Top International MBA Programs of 2017 — 1 to 25

For the third consecutive year, INSEAD tops our list of the best international MBA programs. The big news this year: London Business School falls into third place behind IESE in Spain.

School Name2016 RankIndexFinancial
The EconomistBusiness
#1INSEAD1100.01 (1)4 (4)1 (2)2 (1)
#2IESE Business School398.65 (8)3 (1)3 (5)2 (2)
#3London Business School298.53 (2)9 (9)2 (1)1 (1)
#4IE Business School496.24 (4)10 (5)8 (6)3 (5)
#5IMD496.010 (5)8 (7)5 (7)1 (2)
#6HEC Paris695.89 (7)1 (1)10 (11)4 (3)
#7Cambridge (Judge)795.52 (3)17 (24)6 (4)4 (3)
#8SDA Bocconi894.211 (12)7 (13)7 (8)5 (4)
#9ESADE993.38 (10)14 (19)9 (12)5 (10)
#10Oxford (Saïd)1088.418 (14)27 (36)4 (3)6 (7)
#11Mannheim Business School1885.729 (29)11 (14)14 (20)8 (NR)
#12Warwick Business School1285.024 (27)4 (6)23 (22)14 (8)
#13Cranfield School of Management1382.328 (31)20 (16)20 (14)10 (6)
#13National University of Singapore1482.313 (17)46 (48)19 (21)7 (7)
#15Rotterdam School of Management2380.317 (24)39 (43)29 (26)9 (NR)
#16CEIBS1573.66 (9)NR (NR)26 (24)3 (4)
#17Manchester Business School1671.216 (21)NR (NR)18 (19)6 (6)
#18City University (Cass)2967.121 (20)22 (17)NR (NR)12 (NR)
#19Lancaster School of Management1766.023 (19)26 (31)NR (NR)11 (9)
#20University of Hong Kong3162.322 (26)5 (11)7 (NR)NR (NR)
#21Imperial Business School2859.525 (18)35 (NR)13 (15)13 (NR)
#22Hult International3959.3NR (NR)16 (23)21 (17)15 (NR)
#23Melbourne Business School2055.939 (46)6 (12)12 (9)NR (NR)
#24Hong Kong UST1154.97 (6)44 (27)25 (29)NR (5)
#25ESMT1954.735 (36)12 (18)15 (13)NR (NR)

Source: Poets&Quants composite ranking
Notes: NR is not ranked; Ranks shown for The Financial Times and The Economist are for non-U.S. schools; Year-earlier rank given inside ().

(See following page for the next 25 business schools on the list)

  • Deepak Pandey

    I am very sure these rankings have a direct correlation to the amount of money that is paid by the schools to the author. Otherwise how can any sensible site rank ISB higher than IIMA?

  • MBACanada

    Rotman is not the best in Canada…

  • Stef Smith

    One would assume Rotterdam School of Management was in…..Rotterdam and not Amsterdam.

  • Ram, Thanks for catching those errors. Edinburgh actually ranks 38th. What occurred here is that the two rankings received by Edinburgh were not combined as they should have been but instead were separated. I apologize for the mistake. It’s all fixed now.

  • Rotman would naturally rank higher if it participated in all of the four rankings but this year the school lacks a ranking from both Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes. So that impacts the school’s overall rating in a composite ranking.

  • TechProductGuy

    Why is Rotman ranked so low? Best in Canada should presumably rank higher given current political climate, no?

  • Pepe

    Warwick is not very diverse and WBS is a GMAT addict despite holistic talk. The class is dominated by Indian IT and Chinese students. WBS does aggressive marketing in Asia and is financial aid conservative.

  • Ram Lakshman

    Hi John & team,

    Couple of comments-
    1) University of Edinburgh appears twice at #53 and #62
    2) HKUST was #11 last year and not #20 as mentioned

  • Micmic

    Good showing for Warwick on this ranking. The school reputation is getting better as well.