Methodology: QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2014

The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report survey (hereafter referred to as the ‘survey’) captures the preferred set of business schools each responding employer wishes to recruit from, either now, in the recent past or in the near future.

QS asks international employers to select the schools they consider for hiring MBA graduates from. Employers that focus on domestic hiring are not included in the survey. However, QS recognizes that many excellent schools that cater predominantly for their local recruitment market may therefore not appear in the tables.

We include only business schools offering full-time MBA programs and as such well known business schools like ESCP Europe and HEC Lausanne (which only offer executive MBA, part-time MBA and/or masters programs) are excluded.

In order to produce the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, QS focuses on experienced HR and line managers at organizations that actively recruit MBAs. Respondents from each company are asked a series of questions about MBA recruiting in the previous and the forthcoming year.

Employer responses to these questions provide information on the following:

  • MBA recruitment trends   
  • MBA salaries and compensation trends
  • Global business school ratings by region
  • Global business school ratings by specialization

Each employer is asked to list, unprompted, the international schools from which they have recently attempted to recruit MBAs. Each time a school is selected by an employer, it receives one vote and the total number of votes is referred to as the ‘total unprompted votes.’

From a list of 500 business schools that have been categorized by region, employers are then asked to identify the schools they regard as attractive for the purpose of hiring MBA graduates. In order to be included in the survey, a school must have been recommended by an employer in the previous year of the research. Each time a school is voted, it is given one vote, referred to as the ‘total prompted votes’.

The prompted and unprompted votes are added together to create the ‘total employer votes’. In order to ensure balanced results that are not subject to influence from the economic cycle, an average of the ‘total employer votes’ is taken from the current year’s research and the previous two year’s research.

The best performing school(s) are given an index score of 100 and the average total employer votes is indexed against the best performing school(s). This indexing does not affect the relative positions of schools in any given year. This score is known as the school’s ‘index of employer votes’.

The relative employer position of schools is displayed based on their employer score in that year and a rating within the region or specialization.

Learn more about the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report:

Background >Rationale >Sample >

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*Note: Frankfurt School of Management are excluded from the table because they do not offer a full-time MBA at this time.



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