Rankings are important to the external perception of the MBA programs at CBS. While they only give an indication of certain factors such as salary and career progression, they have proven to be important in the decision-making process of many MBA applicants. By supporting the rankings through filling out surveys, you support the overall perception of your school, the image and the brand.


Which rankings?

CBS participates in 5 MBA rankings:

• The Financial Times (Full-time MBA and Executive MBA)
• The Economist (Full-time MBA)
• Bloomberg (Full-time MBA)
• QS (Full-time MBA and Executive MBA)
• Corporate Knights (Full-time MBA)

What do rankings measure?

Rankings measure various key factors relating to the overall return on investment in an MBA.
The rankings institutions survey current students as well as graduates 1-3 years after graduation to understand factors such as pre- and post-MBA salaries, career changes, overall value of the program, alumni and network activities etc. They also ask questions about the quality of the faculty, the curriculum and the facilities. In addition to the feedback provided by students and alumni, schools participating in the rankings are required to submit a wide range of data relating to the MBA program and the business school at large.

CBS also participates in a couple of specialized MBA rankings:

The QS Global 200 Business School Ranking based on employer feedback on MBA hires as well as the school’s academic reputation; and the Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking focusing on sustainability. None of these rankings involve participation from students and alumni.

For more information on the individual rankings, please see the menu below.

Collection of alumni responses

CBS will provide the rankings institutions with the email addresses of the students and alumni being surveyed. The participants will receive a direct link to the survey that usually runs for at about 5 weeks.

All personal details are of course held in strictest confidence and the email addresses will only be used for the purposes of the survey.
There are very strict rules and governance around ranking surveys to ensure the integrity of the data. Each year, schools are audited on a rotational basis to verify the legitimacy of the data and the data collection process. Usually a minimum of 20% respondents from the class or 20 completed questionnaires (whichever is the greater) is required for the school to participate.


Results from ranking surveys are published throughout the year and announced on our website, LinkedIn group and other media.

Ranking methodology

Below you can find more in-depth information on the ranking methodology including links to the specific rankings.

Student and alumni experience:

All three rankings measure student and alumni experience based on online surveys that ask questions about learning experience, networking opportunities, career development (how well has the program helped achieve their career goals), salary development and so on.

The Financial Times places strong emphasis on career progression and salary. Bloomberg and the Economist also include questions about the quality of the faculty, the curriculum and the facilities as well as softer aspects like the atmosphere in the programme, social life, back-up from staff and faculty, etc.

Intellectual capital and diversity of school:

The data for this part of the ranking is collected from school surveys asking for information about the MBA program and the business school at large. The Financial Times also ranks schools on the basis of the number of articles published by the schools’ full-time faculty in 45 internationally recognised academic journals.

Employer satisfaction:

As part of their ranking methodology Bloomberg also conducts an employer survey where they ask recruiters to rate the quality of MBA graduates they have hired in the past. The purpose is to determine which MBA programs produce the best new hires.

Find out more about the methodology behind the Financial Times EMBA Ranking here and the Global MBA Ranking (Full-time MBA) here.

For the Economist ranking methodology, click here for EMBA and here for Full-time MBA.

For the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking methodology, click here.

QS is a global career and education network and organiser of large business education events like the QS World MBA tour and the QS World Executive MBA Tour.

Every year in November QS publish the Global 200 Business School Report where 200 schools are presented in a ranking per region. The report is based on the following components:

  • An employer survey sent to human resource managers
at companies around the world that actively recruit MBA graduates.
  • An academic reputation survey sent to faculty with expertise in business and management studies, asking them to list the institutions they consider excellent within this field.

Find out more about the methodology of the QS Global 200 Business School Ranking here.

The Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking is based on data provided by schools and publicly available data. They are looking for the following information:

  • The number (and name) of the research centers and institutes at CBS that are sustainability-related
  • The number (and name) of the compulsory courses in the full-time MBA program that focus exclusively on sustainability-related topics
  • The percentage of teaching hours dedicated to sustainability-related topics in the other compulsory courses
  • The number of sustainability-related articles that are written or co-authored by members of our faculty and that are published between 2012 and 2014 – they also ask for the number of citations of these journal articles.

Find out more about the methodology of the Better World MBA Ranking here.