FT Global MBA Rankings 2019: ISB Ranked Above IIMs, Stanford Graduate School of Business in California proved again as the world’s best B-school in the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019
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FT Global MBA Rankings 2019: ISB Ranked Above IIMs

For the second consecutive year, Stanford Graduate School of Business in California proved again as the world’s best B-school in the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019 of the best 100 MBA programmes. ISB is ranked number one in India and is the only Business school from India to feature among the top 25 Institutes of the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019 list. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) from Shanghai is the top-ranked B-School from Asia ranked 5, up from position 8 in 2018.

Indian Premier B-schools, Indian School of Business, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore have improved their positions in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019, while Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad slipped by 16 positions to 47 in 2019 rankings.


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ISB was ranked 24th as against the 28th position in 2018, IIM Calcutta is at 49th position from the 78th rank in the previous year and IIM Bangalore’s one-year executive postgraduate programme (EPGP) stood at 33rd position, improving from 35th position in 2018.


Institute Rank in 2019 Rank in 2018
ISB 24 28
IIM Bangalore 33 35
IIM Ahmedabad 47 31
IIM Calcutta 49 78

This Year, IIM Ahmedabad’s PGPX, fell from last year’s 31st position to 47th position. IIM Calcutta made the biggest leap this year. It was IIM Calcutta’s PGPEX which saw the highest rise in its rankings of 29 places to be ranked at 49th position in the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019, up from 78th position last year.

Globally, ISB’s alumni salary increase is the third highest at 187 per cent, behind China’s Fudan University School of Management’s 195 per cent, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai’s 193 per cent, respectively.

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ISB Dean Rajendra Srivastava was quoted in media, “It is very heartening to see three other prominent business schools from India feature in the Top 100 B-Schools. ISB was established with a vision to be a globally top-ranked, research-driven management institution. After 12 years of the School’s consistent top performance in the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019 we can be proud of our global positioning as an institute of eminence from India. This goes a long way in helping strengthen the ‘Study in India’ initiative and help promote India as a destination for high-quality management education.”

ISB in a statement, said several factors have contributed to this improvement in the rankings. It said with a 187 per cent salary increase of its alumni, ISB is ranked third worldwide on that parameter. In terms of the number of students who are placed within three months of graduation, ISB ranks pretty high.

“With 34 per cent women students, ISB has the largest intake of women students among Indian business schools,” said the statement.

Top 100 Schools By Countries in FT Global MBA Rankings 2019

Country Schools per country*
US 51
UK 11
China 6
France 5
India 4
Singapore, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain 3
Switzerland 2
Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea 1

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FT Global MBA Rankings 2019: Top 30 B-School

Stanford Graduate School of Business in California continued to top the FT Ranking chart while Harvard Business School is ranked number two, improving two places from its 4th position in 2018. INSEAD rank dropped again to at position 3, which was ranked at 2 in 2018 and 1 in 2017 FT Rankings. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is in the fourth place, followed by the CEIBS, China which jumps to 5th position from 8th in 2018.

B-School Name Country Rank in 2019 Rank in 2018
Stanford Graduate School of Business US 1 1
Harvard Business School US 2 5
INSEAD France/Singapore 3 2
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton US 4 3
Ceibs China 5 8
London Business School UK 6 4
University of Chicago: Booth US 7 6
MIT: Sloan US 8 9
Columbia Business School US 9 7
University of California at Berkeley: Haas US 10 10
Yale School of Management US 11 15
Iese Business School Spain 12 11
University of Oxford: Saïd UK 13 27
Northwestern University: Kellogg US 14 12
Dartmouth College: Tuck US 15 16
University of Cambridge: Judge UK 16 13
National University of Singapore Business School Singapore 17 18
HKUST Business School China 18 14
HEC Paris France 19 21
Duke University: Fuqua US 19 19
Esade Business School Spain 21 20
IMD Business School Switzerland 22 24
University of Virginia: Darden US 23 32
Indian School of Business India 24 28
New York University: Stern US 25 23
UCLA: Anderson US 26 25
Cornell University: Johnson US 27 17
University of Michigan: Ross US 28 26
Georgetown University: McDonough US 29 30
Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore Singapore 30 22

Source: FT Global MBA Ranking 2019

FT Ranking Methodology

The FT’s ranking is based on surveys of business schools and their graduates of 2015. MBA programs are assessed according to the value for the money, career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation and the diversity of students and faculty. 

The FT Global MBA Rankings ranks 100 top global one-year and two-year postgraduate programmes for candidates with prior work experience. Unlike ISB, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) who offer one-year programmes for executives with prior work experience are qualified in the FT Global MBA Rankings.

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