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About QS

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has been leading the higher education evolution for more than 30 years.

From our entrepreneurial beginnings as an MBA project, we've grown to become the #1 global market leader for student insights and guidance (Google Trends 2023).

We've built a reputation rooted in data and analytics, harnessing billions of data points to revolutionise the way we understand international student journeys, experiences and career paths.  

But data is just the beginning. We use it to create and empower our international community of students, academics and employers. And together, we’re driving our mission: enabling ambitious individuals like you to achieve their full potential.

We’re home to the most widely read rankings in the world

Using unparalleled data – 17.5 million academic papers and insights from over 240,000 academics and employers – the QS World University Rankings deliver the most comprehensive and trusted view of university performance. 

We apply the same rigorous approach to our business school rankings, allowing you to find the perfect graduate management programme, whether you’re looking for online MBAs, executive qualifications, or have a career specialism in mind. 

We match ambition with excellence

QS Stars ratings go beyond finding the best business schools, they find your best-fit business school. 

From internships to business incubators, community investment to climate action – QS Stars evaluates key factors that traditional rankings don’t, to help you identify institutions that excel in the areas that matter most to you.

We’re your one-stop MBA shop

Visited by 62 million people each year, our websites, TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com bring together articles, guides, tools and opportunities to help and inspire you throughout your MBA journey.  

We put you first

We wouldn’t be where we are now without you, the student.  

For over 20 years, the QS International Student Survey been a platform for students to share their views, experiences and aspirations. 

Unparalleled in scope, with over 485,000 participants spanning 198 regions and territories in the last five years alone, it’s the most powerful voice of students worldwide.

The data we gather from the survey helps institutions understand what matters to you, so they can tailor their offer to provide the best experience and opportunities.  

By taking part, you’re not simply sharing your opinion, you’re actively influencing the future of higher education.

We launch careers

Maximise your MBA with QS-powered career support. Drawing on the expertise from thousands of employers, career advisors and industry leaders, plus real-time data from 170 million global job listings, we’ve got the resources to help turn your dream career into your real career. Whether you want to build your skills, your resume or your network, we’ll help you stand out in a competitive global marketplace. 

We make enrolling easy

Your streamlined MBA application journey starts here. We provide end-to-end support, from finding your perfect programme at one of our 400+ partner universities to crafting your application and securing scholarships and funding. Our QS Apply counsellors are on-hand, whenever you need them to make sure everything runs smoothly.

We help you discover and connect, in person

Kickstart your MBA search with our master’s and MBA events. Held online and around the world, these events connect you directly with representatives from top business schools and universities.  

Explore specific MBA programmes, ask focused questions, and gain firsthand advice to make informed choices about your next steps. With hundreds of fellow business professionals, industry experts and MBA applicants under one roof, it’s also a great opportunity to build your network. 

We welcome thought leaders

We bring together the latest research and analysis to ignite conversations on the post pressing issues in business education and beyond. Our publications and summits provide a platform for innovation and collaboration, fuelling positive change. And our impact is undeniable, with more than 124,000 media clippings in 2023.

We’re committed to sustainability

QS was certified CarbonNeutral® back in 2019, reflecting our dedication to responsible business practices. We achieve this through a variety of efficiency initiatives and by supporting verified carbon offset projects for unavoidable emissions, including Amazon rainforest conservation.


QS CarbonNeutral Company certification