Latest FT MBA Rankings 2020 - 2021 | Useful facts

Analysis of FT MBA Rankings 2020

For those of you who are planning to start your MBA journey in 2020 - 2021, the latest FT MBA Rankings 2020 provide a valuable source of information on how b-schools are performing currently. Let us look at how the top schools fare on 3 key parameters that matter a lot to applicants as they research b-schools: Country, Program length, and Cost

Best B-schools in FT MBA Rankings 2020: Rank 1 to 10

In the top 10 rankings, we don't have too many surprises.

Let us break down the rankings as follows:

B-schools that rank from 1 to 10 in FT MBA rankings 2020: Country wise break-up

  • 6 B-schools from US (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth)
  • 2 from France (INSEAD, HEC)
  • 1 from UK (London Business School)
  • 1 from China (CEIBS)
  • 1 from Singapore (overlaps with France because INSEAD has 2 campuses)

So as is evident, the US continues to be your best bet as far as quality of the program is concerned. But what it also means is that for someone looking outside of US, there are 4 options available even if you restrict yourself to just the Top 10.

B-schools that rank from 1 to 10 in FT MBA rankings 2020: Program length break-up

  • 1 program is 10 months long (INSEAD)
  • 2 programs are 16 months long (London Business School, HEC)
  • 1 program is 18 months long (CEIBS)
  • 1 program is 20 months long (Wharton)
  • 5 programs are 21 months long (Harvard, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth)

B-schools that rank from 1 to 10 in FT MBA rankings 2020: 'Total cost (in USD) of pursuing the MBA' break-up

  • 2 MBA programs that cost under USD 100,000 (CEIBS, HEC)
  • 2 MBA programs that cost between USD 100,000 and 150,000 (INSEAD, London Business School)
  • 0 MBA programs that cost between USD 150,000 and 200,000
  • 6 MBA programs that cost between USD 200,000 and 250,000 (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth)

Best B-schools in FT MBA Rankings 2020: Rank 11 to 25

Now let us expand the scope to the Top 25 ranked MBA programs in the latest FT Rankings 2020. Here's what we get:

B-schools that rank from 11 to 25 in FT MBA rankings 2020: Country wise break-up

  • 15 B-schools from US (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, Haas, Yale, Tuck, Fuqua, Darden, Stern, Johnson, Anderson)
  • 2 from France (INSEAD, HEC)
  • 3 from UK (London Business School, Judge, Said)
  • 2 from China / Hongkong (CEIBS, HKUST)
  • 2 from Singapore (INSEAD, NUS)
  • 2 from Spain (IESE, ESADE)
  • 1 from Switzerland (IMD)

Note: There are a total of 26 schools covered as 2 schools tie at rank 25, and INSEAD gets covered under both France and Singapore

So we find that the US continues to dominate the FT Top 25 MBA rankings for 2020 with as many as 15 b-schools in the list. However, for someone looking to pursue an MBA degree outside of the US, there is now a good choice available, with as many as 11 non-US b-schools finding a place in the global Top 25 MBA rankings. Out of these, 8 are from Europe and 4 from Asia (with INSEAD overlapping)

B-schools that rank from 11 to 25 in FT MBA rankings 2020: Program length break-up

  • 1 program is 10 months long (INSEAD)
  • 5 programs are 12 months long (Judge, Said, HKUST, ESADE, IMD)
  • 2 programs are 16 months long (London Business School, HEC)
  • 1 program is 17 months long (NUS)
  • 1 program is 18 months long (CEIBS)
  • 1 program is 19 months long (IESE)
  • 1 program is 20 months long (Wharton)
  • 14 programs are 21 months long (Harvard, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, Haas, Yale, Tuck, Fuqua, Darden, Stern, Johnson, Anderson)

B-schools that rank from 11 to 25 in FT MBA rankings 2020: 'Total cost (in USD) of pursuing the MBA' break-up

  • 7 MBA programs that cost under USD 100,000 (CEIBS, HEC, NUS, Judge, HKUST, Said, ESADE)
  • 4 MBA programs that cost between USD 100,000 and 150,000 (INSEAD, London Business School, IESE, IMD)
  • 4 MBA programs that cost between USD 150,000 and 200,000 (Haas, Yale, Fuqua, Johnson)
  • 11 MBA programs that cost between USD 200,000 and 250,000 (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, Tuck, Stern, Anderson)

For an Indian student who's looking at pursuing an MBA abroad, the above summary tells us that even on a budget of under ₹ 75 Lacs, there are about 7 options available in the top 25 b-schools globally. In fact, even on a tight budget of around ₹ 60 Lacs, a student can consider about 5 b-schools. This is interesting because given the cost of an MBA from India, we find that by putting in about ₹ 25 - 30 Lacs more, a student now has the option of securing an MBA from a prestigious international b-school. Given that the returns will also be in a stronger currency such as Pound Sterling, Euro, or SGD, the incremental investment is a good trade-off between risk and reward.

Blog Post written by:
Murtuza Gadiwala
GMAT 99th percentile | Founder - Sharp Minds

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