More than 50 US-schools make it into the Top 100 in the FT Global MBA ranking for 2019

Many elite business schools in the US have seen a decline in applications, partly due to the political turmoil in the country. But despite these challenging circumstances, US-business schools are still dominating the ranking in 2019 with the top spots going to two renowned names.


Stanford Graduate School of Business came out top in this year’s Financial Times (FT) ranking, followed by Harvard Business School and European business school Insead. Overall, the FT Global MBA ranking is dominated by US-schools. Amongst the top 100 schools are 51 schools from the US showing that the country is still leading the business school sector in terms of quality. Amongst the other schools, eleven schools are based in the UK, six are from China, five from France, four from India, three each are from Singapore, Australia, Canada and Germany and two from Switzerland.

US-school Wharton grabbed the fourth spot whilst Shanghai-based Ceibs rose to fifth, up from eighth in 2018. British business schools that faced uncertainties after the 2016 Brexit referendum vote have done well with three business schools in the top 20: the London Business School on place six, the University of Oxford’s Saïd on rank 13 and the University of Cambridge’s Judge on number 16.

The FT awarded the top spot to Stanford Graduate School of Business twice in a row and the paper’s article commented that “this is also the second successive year that its alumni have had the highest weighted average salary, 228,074 US-dollar, up from 214,742 US-dollar”. Stanford also came out top for career progress due to its strong alumni network. Harvard Business School turns out to be the most recommended school. “Class of 2015 alumni from schools surveyed for this ranking judged HBS top among institutions from which they would recruit graduates,” the FT survey found. The Swiss school IMD came top for international mobility for example whilst the Lisbon MBA was top for international experience. The University of Virginia’s Darden achieved the highest mark in corporate social responsibility, the Chinese Fudan University School of Management provided the highest salary increase, University of Florida’s Warrington came top for value for money and South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University GSM has the best careers service.

Overall the FT ranking features the world’s best 100 full-time MBA programmes selected from a total of 150 schools that took part in the 2019 edition. All participating schools have had to meet the FT’s entry criteria, including being accredited by Equis or the AACSB.

FT Ranking Business Schools 2019

1 Stanford Graduate School of Business, US

2 Harvard Business School, US

3 Insead, France/Singapore

4 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton, US

5 Ceibs, China

6 London Business School, UK

7 University of Chicago: Booth, US

8 MIT: Sloan, US

9 Columbia Business School, US

10 University of California at Berkeley: Haas, US

11 Yale School of Management, US

12 Iese Business School, Spain

13 University of Oxford: Saïd, UK

14 Northwestern University: Kellogg, US

15 Dartmouth College: Tuck, US

16 University of Cambridge: Judge, UK

17 National University of Singapore Business School, Singapore

18 HKUST Business School, China

19 HEC Paris, France

19 Duke University: Fuqua, US