The QS 2023 ranking of the best Masters in Management

As every year, the long-awaited ranking of the best Masters in Management produced by the QS site has just been revealed. Again this year, French schools shine on the world. Discover the complete ranking of the best Masters in Management in the world and in France.

The QS ranking of the best Masters in Management is expected every year by business schools. However, unlike the Financial Times ranking, QS does not rank MiMs, French Masters in Management or the Grande Ecole Program here, but many MScs dedicated to management practices.

Once again, France, a country known for the academic excellence of its courses, takes first place in the QS rankings. This year she even gets the first two places. But above all, discover the methodology for the QS ranking of the best Masters in Management.

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The methodology of the QS 2023 ranking of the best Masters in Management

The QS site highlights the best Masters in Management in the world. To do this, data from three studies were collected:

  • QS Global Employer Survey
  • QS Global Academic Survey
  • Survey carried out by the schools themselves

To be included in the QS ranking, the program must meet several requirements, the teaching must take place on campus, full-time and have an average class size of at least 15 students. Finally, schools must be accredited by AACSB, AMBA or EFMD.

In total, 13 criteria are taken into account to form five indicators by which the programs are classified. They are divided into 5 categories:

  • Employability of graduates – 35%
  • Alumni career – 15%
  • The programs’ return on investment – ​​20%
  • The academic quality of the education – 20%
  • Diversity of promotions and faculty – 10%

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QS 2023 ranking of the best Masters in Management: the schools that offer the best ROI

The cost of access to these courses can sometimes be high for some students. However, after-school salary can easily reimburse tuition fees. In order to better calculate the return on investment for the master’s programs in management of business schools, QS takes into account the 10 years after the students’ graduation. Job prospects, salary, but also costs for tuition fees are added in parallel.

Among the four schools at the top of the ranking of the best Masters in Management in this category, there are two French institutions. The 2 schools in pole position in this ranking are ESSEC and EU Business School, which achieved a score of 100. They are closely followed by HEC Paris and Northeastern, which achieved a score of 99.9/100, a decrease of 0.1 points compared to last year. EAE Business School is the 5the school in this category and achieved a grade of 99/100.

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Academic quality: what are the best Masters in Management in the world?

In terms of academic quality, no Master in Management scored 100/100. Nevertheless, European institutions stand out both in terms of research and the quality of teaching.

Leading in this category is ESADE-UVA McIntire-Lingnan, with a score of 99.5. The second position is occupied by HEC Paris (98.8). Finally, Handelsskolen Esade closes the podium (95.5). The second French school in this category is ESSEC with a score of 92.1/100.

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Diversity: the best Masters in Management in the world according to QS

Diversity is an important concern for Grandes Écoles. In France, many of them have started to adopt systems that allow scholarship students to integrate their promotions. But this year, first place is no longer occupied by a French school. The establishment that exhibits the greatest diversity within its business is now the EU Business School. The Business School achieved a score of 99.4/100.

IESEG is the first French school in this category, it comes in 3e position, with a score of 98.7/100. Nevertheless, French schools remain the masters in this field. As evidence, the top 10 includes eight companies in France. We find in order, IESEG (98.7), IMT-BS (98.6), ICN (98.2), NEOMA (96.5), Excelia (96.3), SKEMA (95.8), MBS (95.2), TBS (94.5).

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Ranking of the best Masters in Management 2023: the 3 best business schools in the world

Let’s discover the podium of the ranking of the best Masters in Management 2023 by QS.

The top 3 starts with London Business School, which drops one place compared to 2022. A school still used to podiums, it has an overall score of 91.4 out of 100. It stands out for the careers of its alumni (100 ) , but also his employability 97.4/100.

In second place we find a French school, ESSEC with a total score of 92.6, it wins a place in the ranking in 2023. Its strengths are in particular the return on investment, where it achieves a score of 100, as well as the career of its alumni with a score of 99.4/100.

Finally, what is the best school in the world? Not surprisingly, it’s HEC Paris once again! Used to pole position obtained cand.merc. in Strategic Management a total score of 95.3. its benefits? Return on investment (99.9), academic quality (98.8), graduate careers (100) and student employability (99.3). Only weak point, and this for several years, HEC Paris, achieves a very low score on diversity with a 57.9/100.

The QS ranking of the best Masters in Management 2023: Top 50

Rank School Total score
1 HEC Paris 95.3
2 ESSEC 92.6
3 London Business School 91.4
4 IE Business School 89.5
5 INSEAD 88.7
6 Esade Business School 88.2
7 Esade-Uva McIntire-Lingnan 88.1
8 ESCP Europe 87.6
9 Copenhagen Business School 87
10 WU Vienna 84
11 Bocconi University 83.8
12 CEMS 83.2
12 Emlyon 83.2
14 Imperial College Business School 82.8
15 EDHEC 81.4
16 London School of Economics 80
17 Peking University HSBC business 79.2
18 Michigan 79
19 SCHEDULE 78.8
20 ERASMUS 78.7
21 The University of St. The gall 78.3
22 Warwick Business School 76.8
23 duke 75.8
24 WHU 75.7
25 University of Sydney Business School 75.5
26 TUM School of Management 74.4
27 Mannheim Business School 73.4
28 Manchester 72.6
29 IIM Ahmedabad 70.4
29 Vlerick Trade School 70.4
31 Business School BI 70.3
32 Cranfield School of Management 69.2
33 UCD 68.6
34 University of Edinburgh Business School 67.6
35 Grenoble School of Management 67.5
36 Politecnico di Milano 66.7
37 IIM Bangalore 66.5
38 Antwerp Management School 66.2
38 Trinity College Dublin 66.2
40 Nova Business School 65.9
41 Western 64.6
42 British Columbia 64.5
43 KEDGE 64.4
44 audience 64
45 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 63.4
46 EGADE Business School 62.9
47 Boston 62.5
48 IESEG 62.3
49 HKUST 62
50 Carlos III University of Madrid 61.3

Find the full ranking on the QS site!

Ranking of the best French masters in management

Rank in France Rank the world School Total score
1 1 HEC Paris 95.3
2 2 ESSEC 92.6
3 5 INSEAD 88.7
4 8 ESCP Europe 87.6
5 12 CEMS 83.2
6 12 Emlyon 83.2
7 15 EDHEC 81.4
8 19 SCHEDULE 78.8
9 35 Grenoble School of Management 67.5
10 43 KEDGE 64.4
11 44 audience 64
12 48 IESEG 62.3
13 58 NEOMA 57.3
14 67 Toulouse Business School 53.9
15 78 University of Paris Dauphine 52.3
16 92 Excellia 50.2
17 94 Institute Mines-Télécom Business School 49.5
18 95 EC Normandy 49.4
19 100 ICN Business School 48.6
20 111-120 EC Strasbourg* x
21 111-120 Montpellier Business School* x
22 131-140 SAI Paris* x
23 141-150 ESSCA* x
24 141-150 Rennes School of Business* x
25 151+ Burgundy School of Business* x
26 151+ EMLV Business School* x
27 151+ ESC Clermont* x

*Schools with a star are only listed alphabetically within their score bracket. The rating is missing because they did not score in all categories analyzed by QS.

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