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Studying MBA is easily one of the best career paths you can choose, and if you do it from a top international B-school you are setting yourself up for success! But, it’s important to know where you want to study. There are basically two ways you can decide this. First, you can look at the top B-schools in the world, and decide which ones you want to apply to. Or second, you can look at the rankings based on certain target countries and shortlist your potential MBA programs from there.

If the first method is your choice, here are the top B-schools for studying MBA!

Rank Business Schools City Country
1 Penn (Wharton) Philadelphia (PA) United States
1 Stanford Stanford (CA) United States
3 INSEAD Fontainebleau Multi-Campus
3 MIT (Sloan) Cambridge (MA) United States
5 Harvard Boston (MA) United States
6 London Business School London United Kingdom
7 HEC Paris Jouy-en-Josas France
8 Chicago (Booth) Chicago (IL) United States
9 UC Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley (CA) United States
10 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston (IL) United States
11 Columbia New York (NY) United States
12 IESE Business School Barcelona Spain
13 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles (CA) United States
14 IE Business School Madrid Spain
15 Cambridge (Judge) Cambridge United Kingdom
16 Saïd Business School Oxford United Kingdom
17 ESADE Barcelona Spain
18 Yale New Haven (CT) United States
19 Duke  Durham (NC) United States
19 Imperial London United Kingdom
19 Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor (MI) United States
22 NYU (Stern) New York (NY) United States
23 SDA Bocconi Milan Italy
24 IMD Business School Lausanne Switzerland
25 CEIBS Shanghai China
26 Copenhagen Copenhagen Denmark
26 Melbourne Melbourne  Australia
28 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles (CA) United States
29 Erasmus (RSM) Rotterdam Netherlands
30 ESSEC (RSM) Paris/ Singapore NA
31 Boston (Questrom) Boston (MA) United States
32 NUS Singapore Singapore
33 Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington (IN) United States
34 Warwick Coventry United Kingdom
35 Cornell (Johnson)  Ithaca (NY) United States
36 University of Hong kong Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong
37 Texas (McCombs) Austin (TX) United States
38 Mannheim Mannheim Germany
39 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh (PA) United States
40 IIM Ahmadabad Ahmadabad India
41 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt Germany
42 UNSW (AGSM) Sydney Australia
43 Nanyang NTU Singapore Singapore Singapore
44 IIM Bangalore Bangalore India
45 Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover (NH) United States
46 EDHEC Nice France
47 St. Gallen St. Gallen Switzerland
48 Manchester (Alliance) Manchester United Kingdom
49 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington (DC) United States
50 HKUST Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong


This list has been prepared by QS, one of the most trusted sources of B-school ranking for the year 2020. You can also check out other rankings presented by USNews, Poets & Quants, etc.

Now, if you want to take the second path, i.e. looking at the top B-schools of individual countries, here is the same. For this article we are taking a look at the top international MBA destinations, namely USA, Europe, UK, Canada, Australia, and France.

We have also included the average GMAT score and other details wherever possible to help you get a better idea of what it takes to crack these top B-schools!

USA: Top MBA Colleges in USA

B-School Average GMAT Score
University of Chicago – Booth School of Business  730
Kellogg School of Management  732
Harvard Business School 730
University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School 732
Stanford University – Graduate School of Business  737
UCLA – UCLA Anderson School of Management 715
University of Virginia – Darden School of Business 713
Columbia Business School 725


Europe: Top MBA Colleges in Europe

B-School Average GMAT Score 
London Business School 708
IE Business School 685
SDA Boconni 665
IESE Business School 681
Esade Business School 665
ESMT Berlin 638


UK: Top MBA Colleges in UK

B-school Average GMAT Score
Alliance Manchester Business School 600+
Warwick School of Business 660
Said Business School 690
Cambridge Judge Business School 640-730
London School of Business 701
Cass School of Business 600
Imperial College Business School 600
Durham University Business School 600
University of Edinburgh Business School 600
Lancaster University 580


Canada: Top MBA Colleges in Canada

B-school Average GMAT score 
University of Toronto 665
HEC Montreal 637
University of Alberta 550
Carleton University 600
Concordia University 600
Dalhousie University 550
Lakehead University 500 or higher
McGill University 570
McMaster University 600
Queen’s University 600
Ryerson University 550 or better
University of Calgary 550 or better
University of Lethbridge 550
University of Windsor 550 
University of Ottawa A minimum of 50 percentile 
Wilfrid Laurier University 550
York University’s Schulich Business School 550-750


Australia: Top MBA Colleges in Australia

MBA Universities in Australia  Average GMAT Score
University of Melbourne: Melbourne Business School 695
University of New South Wales: Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) 686
Monash University: Monash Business School 650
University of Queensland Business School 600
MGSM Macquarie Graduate School of Management 680


France: Top MBA Colleges in France

HEC Paris
ESSEC Business School
Grenoble Graduate School of Business
EDHEC Business School
EMYLON Business School
Audencia Nantes School of Management


Need help in shortlisting B-schools?

It is of extreme importance that you target the right B-schools for your MBA. Not only will this help you crack them, but it will also help you understand where your interests truly lie. But, this is not an easy process. Watch this short video to understand to understand how you can shortlist B-schools based on various factors:

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