INSEAD ranked as #2 in Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2018

Today, the Financial Times (FT) announced the results of its Global MBA Rankings 2018. INSEAD’s MBA programme was ranked #2, and Stanford’s MBA programme was #1. INSEAD’s three-year average (2016-2018) remains #1, followed by Stanford and Wharton.

While we had hoped to retain the #1 position for a third consecutive year, rankings inevitably change. This year, the rankings shifted as a result of salary growth. Although the average salary of INSEAD alumni increased about $10,000, the average salary of Stanford alumni increased about $20,000.

We are proud of INSEAD’s strong position on the global stage. Our track record speaks to the rigour of our MBA programme, the calibre of our alumni and the significance of our school.

Good news overall

INSEAD continues to perform well on other global MBA rankings. In the 2017/18 academic year, the MBA programme was ranked:

  • #1 in the Bloomberg Businessweek International MBA Rankings 2017
  • #1 in the Poets & Quants International MBA Rankings 2017 (third year in a row)
  • #2 in the Forbes International One-Year MBA 2017 and second-highest ROI
  • #2 in the QS World MBA Rankings (#1 among Asian and European schools)

It’s also worth noting that INSEAD is one of five business schools to ever hold the #1 position on the FT ranking. We’re in good company with Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and London Business School.

Opportunities for growth

As the FT ranking acknowledged, the percentage of women in INSEAD’s MBA programme was 36% this year—a significant increase from last year’s 30%. It’s gratifying to see this progress, but there is still work ahead of us. The Gender Initiative, coupled with this year’s celebration of 50 years of women in our MBA programme, is bringing greater attention to this issue and reaffirming our commitment to gender balance.

The big picture

Rankings aside, INSEAD is committed to developing business leaders who, through their knowledge, creativity and skills, promote peace and prosperity around the world. As the Business School for the World, this is our raison d’être, and it guides all that we do.

Thank you for supporting INSEAD. You have fuelled our rise and furthered our mission—not to be the best school in the world, but to be the best school for the world.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

Yours sincerely,


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