Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10

Poets&Quants’ Best International MBA Programs Of The Decade

INSEAD’s new San Francisco campus

Which international business schools have fared the best in the main global rankings over the past decade? To answer that, we decided to crunch the rankings numbers of the Poets&Quants International MBA ranking over the past ten years. We did the same for domestic programs earlier this week.

Like Harvard and Stanford in the ranking of the domestic programs, two schools — INSEAD and London Business School — stood above the rest over that timeframe. INSEAD has finished first in the Poets&Quants composite ranking in six of the 10 years as well as in each of the past five years. The school, with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, never finished lower than second place. London Business School claimed first place the four years that INSEAD wasn’t first and has never placed lower than third. So, over the past decade, either INSEAD or London Business School has received top honors, a record of consistency that cements their positions at the leading MBA programs outside the U.S.

As a reminder, the P&Q ranking is a composite of the four major and most credible MBA rankings published by The Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes. The ranking takes into account a massive wealth of quantitative and qualitative data captured in these major lists, from surveys of corporate recruiters, MBA graduates, deans, and faculty publication records to GPA and GMAT scores of entering students as well as the latest salary and employment statistics of alumni.

To create this 10-year look at the best international options, we took each P&Q international ranking over the past 10 years and awarded 100 points for a first-place finish and then used a weighted calculation to award descending points. A perfect raw score over 10 years would be 1,000. INSEAD had a total raw score of 992.6 and London Business School followed with 988.4. Next was IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, which scored 959.3. IESE has consistently ranked between second and fifth over the past 10 years. Following IESE is IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, with 949 points and IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, with 921.7. While IE Business School has finished 18th and 11th the past two years, the school had finished between third and fifth in each of the eight years before that.

Overall, 96 schools have been ranked in the Poets&Quants International MBA rankings over the past decade.

INTERNATIONAL MBA RANKINGS SHOW MORE VOLATILITY THAN U.S. MBA PROGRAMS

While the top-nine of the U.S.-based rankings remained largely unchanged over the past decade, there was more volatility in the international rankings. Italy’s SDA Bocconi, for example, has slowly moved from its lowest ranking of 13th where it finished in 2010 to sixth — its highest ranking — in 2019. Germany’s Mannheim Business School has made one of the more impressive gains, going from 37th in 2010 and unranked in 2011 to 12th in 2019. It finished 11th in 2018 and 2017.

But the school that has moved the most in a positive direction over the past 10 years is the University of Hong Kong, which has soared 26 spots from 44th to 18th. Mannheim’s 25-spot improvement is the next highest, followed by Imperial Business School in London, which leapt 24 spots from 40th in 2010 to 16th in 2019. In all, 44 schools were ranked in both 2010 and 2019. Of those, eight schools increased their ranking placement between that time by at least 10 points.

INTERNATIONAL MBA PROGRAMS WITH THE BIGGEST FALLS

Of the 44 schools that were ranked in 2010 and 2019, some 14 dropped in the rankings by at least 10 spots. Strathclyde Business School dropped the most, plunging 47 spots from 31st in 2010 to 78th in 2019. Strathclyde was ranked 37th just two years ago in 2017 but has plunged in the past two years. The Chinese University of Hong Kong has fallen the second-most, declining 33 spots from 28th in 2019 to 61 in 2019.

Other schools making significant drops between 2010 and 2019 are Birmingham Business School falling behind by 27 spots and the Lancaster School of Management and McGill University Desautels School, which each dropped 25 spots.

See the next pages for the full decade international MBA rankings, an entire list of changes in rankings schools have made, and a table of how all 96 schools to be ranked have been ranked over the past decade.

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