Wharton tops 2024 FT rankings of MBA providers

US business school Wharton, part of the University of Pennsylvania, has regained its position as the world’s leading provider of MBAs in 2024, according to the latest Financial Times ranking of the top 100 global business schools

The US school topped the assessment, which takes into account measures including value for money, alumni study aims achieved, gender and international diversity, the quality of academic research and school environmental policies, as well as salary and increases in pay.

Wharton was followed by Insead in France in second place, then Columbia in New York, SDA Bocconi in Milan and Iese in Barcelona. French school Audencia’s international MBA has gained nine places to rank 77th worldwide in the list of full-time MBA programmes. The Nantes-based schools says its progress in the ranking can be attributed to successes in three areas: salary increase, value for money and carbon footprint. 

Audencia gained 18 places for salary increase and 14 places for value for money. Thanks to its commitment to ecological and social transition, Audencia has also gained 14 places in the carbon footprint category and is now among the Top 20 worldwide (18th) for this criterion. 

In terms of the eight French schools included in the ranking, it is placed seventh; it is also the second French school (after ESCP) for value for money, the second for carbon footprint and the third for salary increase. 

Commenting on the rankings, Audencia dean Sébastien Tran said: “We are proud and delighted by this collective success, which confirms our overall progress in the Financial Times rankings. They underline the quality of our programmes, both full time and executive.

“Our 77th place worldwide confirms that our full-time MBA programme selects and trains high quality participants, whose talent and skills are recognised by their companies. Our position as world leader in key selection criteria for an MBA, such as value for money and salary progression, is a strong indicator of the relevance and performance of our programme in both the French and international markets.”

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