IE Business School Tops QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017

QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017

IE Business School has displaced Warwick Business School to take first position in QS’s latest evaluation of the world’s best online MBA programs.  


The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017 feature the world’s top 40 online MBA programs, of which 75% are offered by business schools based either in the US or the UK. However, it is Spain’s IE Business School which tops the list this year, ahead of the UK’s Warwick Business School and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the US.

New entries into QS’s online MBA rankings

There are 10 new entries in this year’s online MBA rankings, a nod to the increasing array of established and reputable options available to prospective students. Two of these new entries jump straight into the top 10 - Thunderbird School of Global Management jets into sixth place and Temple University’s Fox School of Business takes eighth position.

Top 10 movers in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017

The University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business has climbed 11 places since the last edition of QS’s online MBA rankings and now resides in fourth position. Durham University Business School moves up two spots, from ninth in 2016 to seventh this time round.


Dropping out of the top 10 this year are the Open University Business School and Aberdeen Business School, although both remain in the top 15. The same cannot be said for the program at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, which falls from seventh to 22nd position in 2017’s standings.

  • The results of the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2017 are based on an analysis of six broad aspects of a program, including its reputation for employability, the profile of its participants and its establishment in the online education market. Check out the full table here or step this way to learn more about the methodology.
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