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Top 10 Universities for Master's in Management Degrees

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Launched today, the QS World University Rankings: Business Masters Rankings is made up of the QS Masters in Management Rankings, the QS Masters in Finance Rankings, the QS Masters in Marketing Rankings and the QS Masters in Business Analytics Rankings.

This ranking is based on data collected from the QS Global Employer Survey, the QS Global Academic Survey and a survey completed by business schools. For each ranking, universities and schools were assessed on five indicators, including employability, value for money and class & faculty diversity. 128 universities are included in this third master in management ranking, including 26 in the UK, 23 in the US and 20 in France.

Read on to discover the top 10 universities for master’s in management degrees in 2020, or click here to view the full table.

The Top 10 Universities for Masters in Management Degrees in 2020

Global Rank

University  

Course

1

HEC Paris

MSc Strategic Management

2

London Business School

Masters in Management

3

ESSEC Business School

MSc in Strategy & Management of International Business

4

ESADE Business School

MSc in International Management

5

Imperial College Business School

MSc in Management

6

IE Business School

Master in Management

7

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

MSc Management and Strategy

8

CEMS

Master in International Management

9

Copenhagen Business School

Master in International Management

10

ESCP Europe Business School

Master in Management (Grande Ecole)

=9. ESCP Europe Business School - Master in Management

masters in management

Location: Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin, Warsaw.

ESCP Europe Business School is ranked joint ninth for its master in management degree, achieving very high scores for its employability and diversity. Founded in 1819, ESCP is the oldest business school in the world, and is one of the largest business schools in Europe. With six campuses in Europe, ESCP aims to ‘harness diversity in all its forms as a source of innovation, strength and leadership.

The Master in Management is a two year course which develops skills needed to analyze complex strategic and operational management issues within a global context. Additionally, ESCP Europe offers students a unique opportunity to receive valuable, preparatory experiences alongside their studies, including a combined intercultural program which provides students with the chance to study in at least two (and up to four) different countries.

The school also boasts an impressive 98 percent employment rate of students who land a job within just three months of graduation, earning an average starting salary of US$55,816, with most graduates going into careers in consulting, finance, marketing and business development.

=9. Copenhagen Business School – Master in International Management

Copenhagen Business School

LocationCopenhagen, Milan, London

Next on the list is Copenhagen Business School, which places in the Masters In Management rankings at joint ninth, with its Master in International Management course up six places since last year. Copenhagen scores highly on most of the indicators, especially the alumni outcomes and thought leadership indicators, with notable alumni including Anders Vad Dons, the CEO of Deloitte. The school prepares students well for the business world, with strong links between contemporary research and the active business community.

8. CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education – Master’s in International Management

masters in management

Location: Global

CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, is a strategic alliance of 32 top business schools and a presence on every continent, as well as 70 multinational companies. It appears in eighth place for its master’s in international management. The program lasts for one year and develops students’ theoretical and practical knowledge, preparing them well for management and other leadership roles. CEMS’ combination of academic excellence and international experience makes graduates very employable.

According to a survey of CEMS’ recent graduates, 97 percent are in employment or further study, while almost half are currently working outside their home country. Most CEMS alumni are working in roles in the consulting, finance, consumer goods, technology and energy sectors. CEMS receives strong scores for its diversity and value for money, with 80 nationalities among its 1,328-strong class.

7. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - MSc Management and Strategy

masters in management

Location: London, United Kingdom

Heading to London, the London School of Economics (LSE) retains its position of seventh this year for its Master of Science in Management, and achieves very strong scores for thought leadership and diversity. According to LSE, the course is designed to develop students’ critical and analytical skills in core strategic issues facing managers and organizations.  

A member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 of the top universities in the UK, LSE is known as a world-class social sciences university, giving the department of management a unique advantage (as well as being ideally located in London, one of the largest financial centers in the world).

15 nationalities are currently represented in LSE’s MSc in Management and Strategy class of 71 students, and graduates are highly sought after, finding roles at leading companies and organizations such as Barclays, Bloomberg, Nestlé, JP Morgan and Facebook.

6. IE Business School - Master in Management

masters in management

Location: Madrid, Spain

IE Business School is ranked sixth for its master’s in management degree, gaining particularly high scores for diversity and alumni outcomes. Students can choose between English and Spanish and the 10-month course is made up of two periods of core business modules and a third period of specialization in a topic such as international business, sales & marketing, digital business or others. In their most recent graduate survey, IE Business School state that the average starting salary for their graduates is €55,000 (approximately $60,549 at the time of writing), with 91 percent of graduates having found work three months after graduation.

The course also offers students a chance to further their global understanding in the ‘global immersion week’, a unique option to help students develop their managerial skills and further their global understanding by traveling to places such as Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Accra.

5. Imperial College Business School - MSc in Management

masters in management

Location: London, UK

Ranked fifth in the masters in management ranking, Imperial College Business School, part of Imperial College London, is a triple accredited business school which opened in 2004 and has quickly built up a strong reputation for attracting the brightest minds in business.

The school achieves high scores for employability, thought leadership and diversity, with 81 percent of the course being international students. Imperial’s strong employability is due to its location in central London, its strong academic reputation, as well as its strong relationships with employers, which allow students to easily network with global companies.

Imperial College London itself is known for being a world leader in science and technology, meaning the business school drives business advantage through the combination of business and technology and an entrepreneurial mindset. It works closely with employers such Amazon, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Dyson, McKinsey, LVMH, Kraft-Heinz, and JP Morgan alongside small and medium sized firms and start-ups.

4. ESADE Business School - MSc in International Management

masters in management

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Next in our look at the top universities for master’s in management programs is ESADE Business School at fourth. Part of the Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE), the school has been ranked for its MSc in International Management program, a 10-month course taught in English (with the option of studying electives in Spanish).

ESADE receives its highest scores for alumni outcomes, employability and value for money, showing that its graduates are receiving a good return on their investment. ESADE is known for its international connections, and gives students the option to complete an internship in a company overseas, to put their knowledge into practice.

3. ESSEC Business School – Master’s in Strategy & Management of International Business

masters in management

Location: France, Singapore and Morocco

Rising one place this year in is ESSEC Business School; a multi-campus, non-profit institution which was established in 1907 and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious business schools. Ranked fourth for its Advanced Master’s in Strategy & Management of International Business (MS SMIB), ESSEC receives its highest scores for alumni outcomes and employability,

The school scores well for diversity – 70 percent of its students are international from 62 different nationalities and students can choose between studying in Paris, Singapore or Rabat. The MS SMIB is an internationally focused program which includes the opportunity to learn a foreign language, choose a specialized track, and take part in an in-company project anywhere in the world. 97% of graduates of the course having signed a contract within 4 months of graduation, with starting salaries between US$49,545-US$62,200, meaning that ESSEC earns its best score in the alumni outcomes indicator.

2. London Business School – Master’s in Management

masters in management

Location: London, UK

The highest-ranked of the UK’s 26 entries in the master’s in management ranking, London Business School (LBS) is a constituent college of the University of London collegiate and is ranked second for its master’s in management program. LBS receives its highest scores for its employability and alumni outcomes, showing the school is recognized as an authority in their field and well respected for its expertise.

The school’s Master’s in Management program has been developed in partnership with top international recruiters to equip students with practical skills, an adaptive mindset and the critical business knowledge needed to carve out a successful career in business. 96 percent of graduates of the course accept an offer of employment within three months of graduation.

The masters in management course at LBS gives students the option of an Immersion Field Trip, which gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice in an international business context.

1. HEC Paris – MSc in Strategic Management

masters in management

Location: Paris, France

Concluding our look at the top universities for master’s in management degrees is HEC Paris, which is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective business schools in the world. Established in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris has been named the “Harvard of Europe” by Forbes. Ranked first in the QS Masters in Management Rankings 2020, HEC Paris’ Master of Science in Strategic Management is an intensive specialized master’s program, taught entirely in English, which takes 10 months to complete.

HEC Paris scores well thought leadership, employability and value for money, reflecting the school’s exceptional reputation as one of the best business schools in the world. HEC Paris earns a perfect score in alumni outcomes; the school has excellent company connections and 97% of the course’s graduates are employed within three months, with an average starting salary of $64,130.

This article was originally published in November 2017. It was updated in September 2019 to reflect the results of the latest QS Business Masters Rankings.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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