IESE’s Global Executive MBA ranked 8th in world by FT

Program ranked number one worldwide in corporate social responsibility


In the 2020 Financial Times ranking, IESE's Global Executive MBA was ranked eighth in the world. PHOTO: IESE

October 26, 2020

IESE’s Global Executive MBA is among the top 10 programs in the world, according to the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking for 2020. The ranking places IESE’s GEMBA eighth overall and third in Europe. (More information on IESE’s rankings.)

One reason for the program’s strong international standing is the outstanding caliber of its participants, who are typically senior business leaders with around 15 years of work experience at top companies across the globe. Their geographic diversity also stands out, with 94% of participants being international and 30 nationalities represented in the program.

“This diverse mix of backgrounds, perspectives and business knowledge that our participants bring to each class creates a very dynamic and enriching learning environment,” said Eric Weber, Associate Dean and head of the Global Executive MBA program. “As participants have to collaborate closely with their high-level peers throughout the program, it also opens up numerous networking opportunities.”

With classes taught in five cities on at least three continents, the truly international experience provided by the program also contributed to its strong showing, as did its success in helping participants reach their goals.

First in the world for CSR

IESE’s focus on responsible business leadership propelled it to the number one spot in the word for Corporate Social Responsibility, a distinction based on the amount of course content dedicated to CSR, ethics, and social and environmental issues.

“This strong ranking result is a reflection of the transformational impact of our Global Executive MBA and its ability to provide executives with the tools and vision needed to become outstanding global leaders. The fact we once again rank first in the world for corporate social responsibility, is a testament to the importance we place in making sure participants understand that the purpose of business, ultimately, is to serve society”, said Weber.

The IESE GEMBA is a 16-month blended program combining online learning with residential modules. During the course, participants take in-person classes in five global business hubs: Barcelona, New York, Munich, Shanghai and Silicon Valley. They then customize their experience by choosing from an array of elective modules offered in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, South East Asia and the United States.

See the full ranking here.