The ups and downs of the Financial Times Master in Management ranking 2015

Posté par Neil Athertonil y a 6 annéespas de commentaire

The Financial Times today published its 2015 ranking of Masters in Management (MiM) programmes. Considered an international bellwether for the pre-experience, one- or two-year long programmes, the top spot this year was again awarded to Switzerland’s University of St Gallen. France’s HEC Paris and ESSEC also retained their respective second and third places.

This year, 80 schools have been ranked, up from 70 last year and up from an initial 25 in 2005, when the MiM ranking was first published – proof, if it was needed – that interest and demand for the MiM continues to rise.

Schools from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Russia make the grade this year and there is even a partnership programme between Taiwan’s Fu Jen University, the University of San Francisco and Spain’s IQS School of Management, been ranked for the first time in 58th position.


The Financial Times published its 2015 Masters in Management ranking on September 14

US business schools have been conspicuous by their absence from the FT’s MiM ranking, even though the country boasts over 50 such programmes. But because many of them are relatively new – the MBA being America’s management degree of choice – plus the fact that the FT’s criteria states that all participating programmes have to have been up and running for at least four years, US business schools are yet to make a significant impact on the ranking. That will surely change in the coming years.

The highest ranked new entrant, in at 26th, is the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, which joins India’s other IMs in Ahmedabad (15th) and Calcutta (16th). France’s Essca School of Management enters at a respectable 51st position and Normandy Business School comes in at 69th.
The French Grandes Ecoles are by far the most represented, with 20 schools ranked, or one quarter of the total. EM Lyon however continues its freefall descent from 9th place in 2013, after landing 20th in 2014 and 30th this year. La Rochelle Business School on the other hand leaps to 48th after entering the ranking for the first time at 64th last year. Skema and Neoma both raise their game to come in at 25th and 34th respectively.

Thirteen UK schools are included in the ranking this year, although only London Business School makes the top ten, climbing from tenth to sixth. In a largely disappointing year for the UK, most other schools have lost places, such as Bath (71st from 58th), Manchester (70th from 55th), Lancaster (74th from 62nd), Strathclyde (49th from 43rd) and Leeds (63rd from 61st), while others stagnate in their 2014 position such as Imperial (19th), Cass (24th) and Durham (57th). Making its first appearance, the University of Exeter Business School brings up the rear of the ranking in 80th place.

China’s schools continue to make progress with Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai moving up from 44th to joint 36th and Tongji University School of Economics and Management also advancing thirteen places to joint 52nd. Sun Yat-Sen Business School re-enters at 47th after an absence in 2014.

Read the FT Masters in Management ranking supplement here

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