4. IE Business School, Spain
Once again in 2019, IE Business School is the first Spanish institution on this list. The b-school offers MBA classes in English and Spanish and is consistently ranked as one of the best MBA programs in the world.
The 11-month program costs US$86,734, with graduates earning on average US$91,482. Students are 20-years-old on average with around five years’ work experience. There are 71 nationalities on the course, with 91 percent international students and 31 percent female students. The institution has managed to score the top spot for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes this year, ranks second for diversity in the region once more, second for return on investment, sixth for employability, and 17th for thought leadership.
3. HEC Paris
In bronze position, is another world-renowned French institution HEC Paris, which boasts itself as being one of the most selective business schools in the world. For specific criteria, it ranks second for employability, seventh for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, fifth for thought leadership, and 15th for return on investment.
The 16-month MBA program costs US$74,481, with an average post-graduate salary of US$115,500 – so graduates definitely enjoy a cash bonus once in the world of work. Women make up 32 percent of the cohort, as well as 92 percent international students and 55 nationalities. Students are on average 30-years-old with six years’ work experience.
Andrea Masini, Associate Dean in charge of the MBA program says, “This fall brings innovation to our curriculum with several important changes; the launch of two new specializations, Digital Transformation and Sustainability and Disruptive Innovation. New electives will enrich the customized phase, including a course on Value Chain and Supply Chain Innovation that discusses the impact of digitalization and AI on supply chain operations.
“We have optimized the structure of the MBA project to increase opportunities for internships and facilitate job search as students come to the end of their MBA. Finally, yet importantly, we have increased the flexibility of the curriculum by introducing several blended courses that have an online component.
“HEC Paris has been a top business school for almost 140 years. Knowledge creation and sharing has always been one of our core values. Excellence in research is part of the DNA of the school. Our excellent research faculty, who consist of more than 110 international research faculty members, push the frontiers of knowledge every day by combining rigour and relevance.
“The HEC Paris ecosystem allows us to attract some of the brightest minds from all over the world and offer them optimal conditions to keep producing high quality scientific output. This collective effort results in a large number of publications in top scientific journals, but also in practitioner-orientated journals that reach a broader audience and help our research have an impact on the real world.”