MBA Choice - Deciding On The Right Business School

By Tom Wilde

Share on: 

HIRING A SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER?

Don't hire someone without first tuning in for this essential advice.




If you're weighing up your career options and figuring out how to fast-track your career, a new report will help you to make an informed MBA choice. A major annual report into MBA graduate employability - based on the largest survey of global employer opinion - has identified London Business School, INSEAD [France] and Harvard as the MBA choice of preference amongst leading international recruiters. The report goes on to identify all the leading business schools you may wish to consider...
 

MBA Employers Name Top 200 Business Schools


Published today on www.topmba.com, the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report provides an alternative to the traditional rankings of MBAs by highlighting the value of your MBA choice to those you would most want to impress - the global employers of MBAs.


The findings are derived from an annual survey of HR managers and line managers with recruiting responsibilities at companies around the world. MBA employers were asked to identify their preferred business schools when hiring MBAs. Respondents also identified business schools they deem to produce excellent hires in ten areas of elective specialization: finance; strategy; marketing; entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; information management; innovation; leadership, operations management, and international management.

 


 

Making an informed MBA Choice


Below are presented the top business schools by region, helping you to make an informed MBA choice. The rankings reflect those MBAs whose qualifications will be in highest demand by employers - which impacts both whether a return is seen on the investment in the studies - and also how well placed graduates will be to pursue a career with their ideal employers.

 

Region

2012 position

Institution

Country

North America

1

Harvard

US

 

2

Stanford

US

 

3

Kellogg, Northwestern

US

Latin America

1

Tecnologico de Monterrey

Mexico

 

2

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chile

 

3

Business School Sao Paulo

Brazil

Europe

1

INSEAD

France

 

2

London Business School

UK

 

3

IMD

Switzerland

Middle East and Africa

1

University of Cape Town

South Africa

 

2

American University in Cairo

Egypt

 

3

University of Witwatersrand

South Africa

Asia-Pacific

1

INSEAD-Singapore

Singapore

 

2

IIM Ahmedabad

India

 

3

NUS Business School

Singapore



The report points to a leading cluster of 39 ‘elite global’ business schools spread across North America (22), Europe (14) and Asia-Pacific (3). While the US total of 15 ‘elite global’ schools is unsurpassed, only Harvard boasts a comparable employer reputation to Europe's London Business School and INSEAD [France].


Graduates from top European schools are also shown to earn higher average salaries than their North American counterparts. Graduate salaries at Europe’s ‘elite global’ schools averaged US$109,300, compared to US$101,100 in North America.
 

However, while Europe’s schools performed well for employability and graduate salaries, when it comes to subject specializations the US schools dominate. Harvard places number one in four of the ten subjects covered, ahead of MIT-Sloan (2), INSEAD (1), Kellogg, Northwestern (1), Stanford (1) and Wharton (1).
 

MBA Choice: Top business schools by specialization

 

Specialization

Top 3 business schools

Country

Finance

Wharton

Chicago, Booth
London Business School

US
US
UK

International management

INSEAD
Harvard
Wharton

France
US
US

Marketing

Kellogg, Northwestern
Wharton
Harvard

US
US
US

Entrepreneurship

Harvard
Stanford
Wharton

US
US
US

Operations management

MIT-Sloan
Harvard
Wharton

US
US

US

Information management

MIT-Sloan
Harvard

INSEAD

US

US

France

Strategy

Harvard
INSEAD
Wharton

US
France
US

Leadership

Harvard
Wharton
INSEAD

US
US
France

Corporate social responsibility

Harvard
Stanford
INSEAD

US
US
US

Innovation

Stanford
MIT-Sloan
Harvard

US
US

US

 

Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS says ‘This year’s report finds record numbers of companies turning towards hiring MBAs, underlining the value of the qualification in today’s globalized economy.”


While Europe and North America dominate in terms of overall employability and salaries, candidates at Indian schools emerge as the world’s most academically qualified. Average GMAT scores at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad are the highest in the world, comfortably ahead of any of the top schools from Europe or the US.


Business schools featured in the report will be participating in a live Twitter debate discussing the results at 5pm GMT on 5th December. To follow the conversation, follow @TopMBA and the hashtag #MBAdebate. 


Image source: Pinstamatic
 

  Back to Candidate blogs