Warwick Business School tops the FT’s online MBA ranking

The Financial Times has published its online education ranking for 2019. Warwick Business School has retained the number one spot for the best online MBA. The survey also found that salaries after an online MBA are comparable to full-time, campus MBAs.


Warwick Business School has again proven that its online MBA is world-class topping the Financial Times (FT) ranking of online MBAs. The school’s success is based on the strength of its faculty, but also its value for money and its graduates’ career progression.

Amongst the top five are also Spain’s IE Business School, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg, the Indiana University’s Kelley and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Kenan-Flagler is worthwhile mentioning in particular as this course only started in 2011 and has risen quickly to the top.

According to the FT the key factors that make or break the top 10 are the career progress of alumni, the diversity of the cohort and the quality of online delivery. Career progress is based on alumni salaries three years after graduation and the percentage rise in salary.

The paper stressed that its survey found that average salaries for the top online courses were comparable to those on the FT’s ranking of full-time, campus MBAs. The average salary after an online MBA was $148,742 whereas it reached $189,975 after a full-time MBA.

FT’s Online MBA Ranking

1 Warwick Business School, UK

2 IE Business School, Spain

3 University of Massachusetts Amherst: Isenberg, US

4 Indiana University: Kelley, US

5 University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler, US

6 University of Florida: Warrington, US

7 Durham University Business School

8 Northeastern University: D'Amore-McKim, US

9 AGSM at UNSW Business School, Australia

10 University of Bradford School of Management, UK

Another interesting ranking has recently been published by Poets&Quants which counts the amount of startups that were founded by alumni of the top business schools. The website’s survey found that after peaking at 42 startups on their top 100 MBA startups list in 2016, Harvard Business School has dropped to a record low this year of 21 startups. Stanford alumni in comparison have founded 39 startups on this year’s list Other major business schools with many startups on this year's list included Columbia Business School, Wharton, Northwestern Kellogg, Chicago Booth, UC-Berkeley Haas, and the Yale School of Management.

Poets&Quants has also recently worked on a composite ranking that equally weighs all three of the most followed EMBA rankings in the world (Financial Times, The Economist and U.S. News & World Report). The website focused on U.S. business schools and found that the top five out of all three rankings were: Chicago, Northwestern, Michigan, Columbia and UCLA.