IESE MBA Ranks 7th Worldwide According to Financial Times

The school tops the list for international course experience



IESE MBA holds steady in Financial Times ranking among world's top 10 for fifth consecutive year / Photo: Archives

The IESE MBA has cemented its international reputation by ranking among the world's top 10 in the Financial Times for the fifth consecutive year. The British newspaper placed IESE Business School seventh in the world and third in Europe in the ranking of MBA programs it published today.

The FT ranking looks at the professional progress and wage increases of MBA program graduates in 2011. It also takes into consideration aspects such as international experience and student satisfaction in terms of meeting expectations and fulfilling objectives while completing the MBA.

With regard to wage increases, the ranking shows that students graduating from IESE three years ago have increased their average wage by 121 percent compared to their previous salary, the highest increase among the Top 10 schools.

IESE also ranks first in the category of International Course Experience, which measures students’ off-campus educational experiences. Contributing factors in this category were the modules in Shanghai, New York, Nairobi and Brazil, as well as week-long visits to various Silicon Valley companies, and exchange programs with 30 schools in Europe, Asia, United States, Latin America and the Middle East.

The IESE MBA also stands out in the Aims Achieved category, which measures the extent to which alumni fulfilled the goals they had when starting the MBA, including career change, wage increase, international experience, education and professional development.

IESE's full-time MBA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, was launched in 1964 and was the first two-year MBA program offered in Europe.

From the beginning, the MBA has had an international focus and the guidance of the Harvard-IESE Committee. In 1980, it became the first bilingual MBA program in the world. There are currently 84 percent non-Spanish students enrolled and a total of 57 nationalities.

In addition to the full-time MBA, based in Barcelona, IESE also offers the Executive MBA in Barcelona, Madrid and São Paulo, and the Global Executive MBA in Barcelona and New York.

Review the full 2015 Financial Times MBA ranking