Marking its first year to reach 100 schools, the Financial Times has released its 2018 rankings of masters of management. According to the FT, the 100 institutions surveyed included programs from 27 countries with more than 30,000 enrolled students.
GBSN member schools, the University of St. Gallen, HEC Paris and ESSEC Business School, dominate this year’s rankings by making the top 5. This marks the 8th consecutive year the University of St. Gallen’s Master’s in Strategy and International Management Program has ranked 1st. HEC Paris’ has been ranked 2nd for the 5th consecutive year. ESSEC Business School moves up one position from last year to be ranked 4th overall.
FT rankings consider several key categories such as alumni salary, value for money, aims achieved, international faculty and the balance between male and female students. Schools must be AACSB or EQUIS accredited, the program must be full-time, cohort-based and graduate a minimum of 30 students per year. The FT notes that the current average alumni salary has the most weight into the ranking at 20%.
University of St Gallen Master’s in Strategy and International Management program
The University of St. Gallen SIM Master’s in Management program offers students an international and interdisciplinary approach, which balances the academic rigor of a Master’s of Arts program with the practical, interactive and personalized approach found in leading MBA programs. According to FT it not only offers the cheapest fees when compared to the other top 5 schools, but it also ranked first for aims achieved and career service, top 5 for international course experience and international mobility in the 3 years after graduation. The SIM program’s approach to transformational development has made them a globally recognized pioneer in developing leadership talent. By putting purpose, virtue and partnership at the forefront, SIM students are challenged with tackling initiatives that focus on sustainability and global development.
HEC Paris Master’s in Management program
The HEC Paris Master’s in Management program, Grande Ecole program is designed for high potential students from all backgrounds with little or no professional experience who are driven to become influential global leaders. It offers a unique two-phase curriculum structure that enables students to acquire both an excellent grounding in general management and an expertise in a specific field. The Grande Ecole program balances the development of practical leadership and professional skills with the more theoretical requirements. Students are trained to become decision-makers while focusing on the academic specialization that they choose in light of their professional goals. Students at HEC benefit from the school’s international network, close connections with companies and excellent career services.
ESSEC Master’s in Management program
The ESSEC Master’s in Management program allows students to to design their own learning path, tapping into any of the program’s more than 45 specialization tracks, offered on ESSEC campuses in Paris, Singapore, and Morocco.
Students are given the option to begin their first year at the ESSEC France Campus or at the ESSEC Asia Pacific Campus in Singapore. The first year curriculum changes depending on the location choice. Students who choose to start in Singapore take refresher courses that are integrated with hands-on business consultancy experience with respectable firms operating in Asia (Club Med, Sodexo, etc.). From the challenges of social business to entrepreneurial initiative, students are challenged to put their knowledge into practice. ESSEC provides excellent career support for its students to meet the program requirement of gaining a minimum of 12 months of work experience. Students are also required to receive a minimum of 9 months of international exposure outside their country of origin, whether it be through studies and/or work experience. The program aims to educate the next generation of responsible top leaders that can successfully operate across borders.
Congratulations to all of our members included in the 2018 FT Master’s in Management rankings.
GBSN members are all top business schools from around the world committed to delivering high quality education, sharing best practices, and working together to strengthen business education for the developing world. GBSN’s members demonstrate leadership and innovation in their respective markets and offer learning experiences that deliver international best practice with local relevance.