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IESE’s Global Executive MBA ranked no. 7 in the world, no. 3 in Europe by FT

Program stands out for its internationality, relevancy, focus on responsible business and high-quality participants

“Our continued strong position in this ranking reflects the rich international experience offered by our Global Executive MBA and the high quality of its participants," said Eric Weber, IESE's Associate Dean and head of the Global Executive MBA program.

October 18, 2021

IESE’s Global Executive MBA is among the top 10 programs in the world, according to the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking for 2021. IESE takes seventh position overall, and is third in Europe.

One of the reasons for IESE’s excellent position in the ranking is the unique international experience that the program provides, not only in terms of location and content – no easy feat to replicate during a global pandemic – but also by bringing together a highly diverse class (91% international) and faculty (97%) from countries around the world.

By drawing on the diverse perspectives and business experiences of the cohort, faculty and course content, the program offers a distinctly broad international vision of the challenges and opportunities facing managers in today’s interconnected global marketplace.

The Global Executive MBA is a 16-month-long blended program that combines online learning with residential modules in six world cities on at least three continents. Despite the most recent completing class having to deal with global travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, the program continues to score high marks on the international course experience measure in the FT ranking (no. 3 in the world). This shows the program’s ability to adapt and use the changing circumstances as an opportunity to explore new and nascent business hubs as part of the course, for example by examining the growing tech scene in Toronto for the first time.

Another reason for the strong ranking performance was the program’s relevancy for business leaders, evidenced by high levels of student satisfaction (scoring 9.63 out of 10, the third highest mark out of the tier 1 schools) and its ability to help participants fulfil their goals (80%).

The quality of the program participants, who are typically senior business leaders with around 15 years’ experience at top companies across the globe, also stood out as key. Having a diverse, senior class enhances peer learning and networking opportunities on the program.

Finally, the FT ranking also highlighted how a discussion of environmental, social and governance factors are also interwoven throughout the course content, with IESE ranking no.1 overall for ESG.

“Our continued strong position in this ranking reflects the rich international experience offered by our Global Executive MBA and the high quality of its participants,” said Eric Weber, IESE’s Associate Dean and head of the Global Executive MBA program. “It also highlights IESE’s deep focus on responsible leadership, especially in regards to exploring environmental, social and ethical issues.”

The next edition of IESE’s Global Executive MBA starts in April 2022.

More information on IESE’s performance in different global rankings.