Top 10 Masters in Management

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Masters in Management (MIM) degrees typically appeal to graduates who want to pursue a business-related qualification immediately after completing their undergraduate study - without the required work experience needed for MBAs. Due to the rising popularity of masters in management programs across the globe, we have compiled the QS Masters in Management Rankings 2018. 


The top 10 masters in management programs in the world are:

1. HEC Paris, France - MSc Strategic Management

In first place is a fiercely competitive 10-month program from HEC Paris. Attracting high caliber students, the French institution regularly ranks among the best in the world for its various programs, (third in QS Global MBA Rankings 2018).The school ranks first for employability and alumni outcomes, and fifth for thought leadership.

2. London Business School, UK - Masters in Management

In second place is London Business School (LBS). LBS’s Masters in Management offers its students academic excellence, and the opportunity to network with industry leaders. The outcome is a program that helps to shape world-class careers. The MIM provides students with thorough grounding in business knowledge, along with hands-on experience, putting them in a great position to embark on a career in business. The institution ranks joint first for thought leadership, second for employability, and third for alumni outcomes.

3. ESADE, Spain - MSc in International Management

The MSc in International Management at ESADE provides students with an in-depth introduction to the business world, in an entirely global context. The course includes a focus on understanding the effect politics and business have on each other in a global context. Students can extend the year-long course for a second year with CEMS or a double degree. The institution ranks third for value for money, and fourth for both employability and alumni outcomes.

4. ESSEC, France - Strategy & Management of International Business

The 12-15 month course at ESSEC allows students to choose from eight different tracks, tailoring the course to their own personal goals. Additionally, students can choose to study at three leading partner institutions around the world, and have the opportunity to learn Mandarin or French as a foreign language. ESSEC ranks fourth globally overall, helped by indicator ranks of seventh for both employability and alumni outcomes, and 10th for thought leadership.

5. Imperial College Business School, UK - MSc in Management

Imperial’s year-long course is designed to turn recent business graduates into fully-fledged business people. The program is highly practical and includes an immersive business simulation, consulting project or work placement, to ensure all students have hands-on experience. The institution ranks fifth overall, and also fifth for employability, sixth for thought leadership, eighth for diversity, and 12th for value for money.

6. IE Business School, Spain - Masters in Management

IE’s Masters in Management degree is a 10-month course that allows students to learn in Spanish or English (or both). The course consists of two periods of core business modules and a period of specialization, enabling candidates to tailor the course to their personal interests. Along with ranking sixth globally, it ranks fourth for diversity, 11th for employability, alumni outcomes and value for money, and 13th for thought leadership.

7. London School of Economics, UK - MSc Management and Strategy

Seventh on the list is LSE. The institution’s MSc in Management and Strategy is designed to help students develop their analytical and critical skills, giving them an ingrained understanding of the issues facing businesses in the global world. It ranks joint first for thought leadership, second for diversity, and 10th for employability and alumni outcomes.

8. CEMS - Master’s in International Management

The CEMS Master’s in International Management is a joint degree offered by CEMS Academic Members. As such, it’s not a traditional master's degree. It’s open to students enrolled in master’s programs at the universities which make up the CEMS Alliance only. Along with ranking eighth globally, it ranks ninth for diversity, 15th for value for money, and 16th for employability.

9. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark – Master’s in International Management

This course, at Copenhagen Business School, focuses on three different approaches to running a business: internal, external and international, and the challenges of international business. The two-year program gives students a thorough grounding in the globalized business world. The institution ranks ninth globally, fourth for thought leadership, sixth for alumni outcomes, and eighth for employability.


10. St. Gallen, Switzerland - Business Management (MUG)

The Business Management course at St. Gallen is offered exclusively in German and is characterized by a strong focus on entrepreneurship. The program focuses particularly on ethical issues and sustainability in the business world. Along with ranking 10th overall, it also ranks 14th for thought leadership and17th for alumni outcomes.

Amelia Hopkins
Written by Amelia Hopkins

Amelia Hopkins is a writer for TopMBA, covering the latest news in business and business education. A graduate of the University of Leeds and Yorkshire native, she enjoys reading, travelling and talking incessantly about the countryside.

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