The QS Global MBA Rankings 2023 – Top 10 MBA Programs In Europe

The QS Global MBA Rankings 2023, which rank business schools from around the world, were released recently. The rankings are further divided into regions: Asia, Europe, Canada, Oceania, Latin America, and the United States. MBA programs were based strictly on employability, entrepreneurial and alumni outcomes, rate of return, actionable insights, and diversity indicators. This year the top ten MBA programs in Europe in the 202 rankings are:


European Rank Business School Location
1 HEC Paris MBA France
2 London Business School United Kingdom
3 IE Business School Spain
4 INSEAD France
5 IESE Business School Spain
6 Cambridge (Judge) United Kingdom
7 Saïd Business School United Kingdom
8 Esade Business School Spain
9 Imperial College Business School United Kingdom
10 SDA Bocconi School of Management Italy


  • HEC Paris MBA

The HEC Paris MBA program has won first place in Europe for the third year in a row. It also received the highest score – 100 percent – in the European rankings for ROI, as well as high marks for thought leadership and employability. HEC graduates have indeed been known to enjoy a 152 percent pay rise following their MBA, with students earning a staggering average salary of US$128,206. The 15-month program aims at developing leadership potential through activities such as leadership seminars, a student-run MBA multisport MBA tournament, and the HEC Global Leaders Series, which features influential business speakers.

  • London Business School

London Business School’s 21-month MBA program has been named the top British MBA program in Europe year after year, having earned the top spot for employability in the European top 10. London is among the world’s major financial centers, with 100 percent of the world’s leading banks headquartered there and three-quarters of the top 500 global corporations headquartered there. Their employment statistics are outstanding, with 92 percent of MBA graduates accepting a job offer within three months of graduation, earning an average salary of US$106,837.

  • IE Business School

IE Business School in Madrid provides an 11-month International MBA program, which has earned the top position in the European top 10 for Entrepreneurship and Alumni outcomes. In addition, the program was ranked first in Europe for diversity. The ‘Professional Fitness program,’ in which all MBA students are enrolled, is an intriguing addition to IE’s MBA. This program is divided into two parts: Career Fitness as well as Behavioral Fitness. Career Fitness provides advice and workshops to assist you and the best quality of work, whereas Behavioral Fitness encourages more productive workplace behaviors and improves leadership skills.



INSEAD’s MBA program is the second-highest-ranked European program and the sixth-highest-ranked program in the world. In Europe, the program ranked second in terms of employability and first in terms of thought leadership. Three years after completing, 92 percent of students accepted job offers, with an average salary of US$105,900. Students can study at INSEAD’s three campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi during the 10-month program. Students take 14 core courses and have a choice of over 75 electives.


  • IESE Business School

MBA students at Barcelona’s IESE Business School have the option of completing their program in 15 to 19 months. The MBA program ranked second in the European top ten for ROI, with a 124 percent average post-graduation salary increase – earning an average income of $123,662 three months after graduation. Three months after graduation, 94 percent of the students approved jobs, and 10 percent decided to start their own businesses. The program encourages students to connect with their Spanish roots by providing a Business Spanish learning program for MBA students as well as the opportunity for sophisticated and native Spanish speakers to finish college with a bilingual MBA diploma.


  • Judge Business School

The 12-month MBA program at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, trailed its main rival, Oxford University’s Said Business School. Judge’s one-year program received high marks for thought leadership and employability indicators, with 90 percent of graduates finding jobs three months after graduation, earning an average salary of US$99,753. Cambridge emphasizes that through elective subjects, a global consulting project, and concentrations, youngsters can tailor their MBA program to their specific business goals. There are ten MBA concentrations available, including Digital Transformation, Energy & Environment, Finance, and Marketing.


  • Saïd Business School

Oxford University’s Said Business School is indeed the earliest known business school inside this English-speaking world. The one-year MBA program at Said adheres to the university’s three-term structure, which is partitioned into sets of core and optional modules centerd on three themes related to the current global business challenges: Entrepreneurship, Global Rules of the Game, and Responsible Business. Three months after graduation, 91 percent of graduates accepted job offers, and 10 percent started their own businesses.


  • Esade Ramon University

Students enrolled in ESADE’s 18-month MBA program will benefit from studying on the third best program in Europe for ROI. The MBA program at ESADE has a significant international focus. Study tours take you to a wide range of destinations on 5 distinct continents around the world. You could also do a four-month international exchange at one of 45 partner universities, including Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), and Warwick Business School. Although the program is taught in English, learnings in Spanish, French, and German are also readily accessible.


  • Imperial College Business School

Imperial’s 12-month London-based MBA program received high marks for thought leadership and employability indicators. Participants complete pre-study modules that provide them with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the program. This would include a primer on accounting, a primer on data analysis, and a primer on finance. Students can also take part in the Imperial Innovation Challenge, a one-week educational lab focused on solving and conveying a business problem, as well as workshops and discussions with industry experts. Grads earn an average salary of $82,853, with 91% of graduates accepting jobs three months after graduation.


  • SDA Bocconi School of Management

The 13-month MBA program at SDA Bocconi is ranked first in Europe, with a highest score for return on investment sharing the top spot in the European top 10 with HEC Paris. On average, students would be able a salary increase of 127 percent after graduation. Students take core curriculum and concentrations for nine months, with an additional six months to put their learning into practice through individual internships, entrepreneurial projects, or group business labs. 90% of graduates approved offer letters within three months of graduation, with 8% starting their own business three months later.


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