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!

RankBusiness SchoolsCityCountry
1Penn (Wharton)Philadelphia (PA)United States
1StanfordStanford (CA)United States
3MIT (Sloan)Cambridge (MA)United States
5HarvardBoston (MA)United States
6London Business SchoolLondonUnited Kingdom
7HEC ParisJouy-en-JosasFrance
8Chicago (Booth)Chicago (IL)United States
9UC Berkeley (Haas)Berkeley (CA)United States
10Northwestern (Kellogg)Evanston (IL)United States
11ColumbiaNew York (NY)United States
12IESE Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain
13UCLA (Anderson)Los Angeles (CA)United States
14IE Business SchoolMadridSpain
15Cambridge (Judge)CambridgeUnited Kingdom
16Oxford (Said)OxfordUnited Kingdom
18YaleNew Haven (CT)United States
19Duke Durham (NC)United States
19ImperialLondonUnited Kingdom
19Michigan (Ross)Ann Arbor (MI)United States
22NYU (Stern)New York (NY)United States
23SDA BocconiMilanItaly
26MelbourneMelbourne Australia
28USC (Marshall)Los Angeles (CA)United States
29Erasmus (RSM)RotterdamNetherlands
30ESSEC (RSM)Paris/ SingaporeNA
31Boston (Questrom)Boston (MA)United States
33Indiana (Kelley)Bloomington (IN)United States
34WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom
35Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca (NY)United States
36University of Hong kongHong Kong SARHong Kong
37Texas (McCombs)Austin (TX)United States
39Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)Pittsburgh (PA)United States
40IIM AhmadabadAhmadabadIndia
41Frankfurt School of Finance & ManagementFrankfurtGermany
42UNSW (AGSM)SydneyAustralia
43Nanyang NTU SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
44IIM BangaloreBangaloreIndia
45Dartmouth (Tuck)Hanover (NH)United States
47St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
48Manchester (Alliance)ManchesterUnited Kingdom
49Georgetown (McDonough)Washington (DC)United States
50HKUSTHong Kong SARHong 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-SchoolAverage GMAT Score
University of Chicago – Booth School of Business 730
Kellogg School of Management 732
Harvard Business School730
University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School732
Stanford University – Graduate School of Business 737
UCLA – UCLA Anderson School of Management715
University of Virginia – Darden School of Business713
Columbia Business School725


Europe: Top MBA Colleges in Europe

B-SchoolAverage GMAT Score 
London Business School708
IE Business School685
SDA Boconni665
IESE Business School681
Esade Business School665
ESMT Berlin638


UK: Top MBA Colleges in UK

B-schoolAverage GMAT Score
Alliance Manchester Business School600+
Warwick School of Business660
Said Business School690
Cambridge Judge Business School640-730
London School of Business701
Cass School of Business600
Imperial College Business School600
Durham University Business School600
University of Edinburgh Business School600
Lancaster University580


Canada: Top MBA Colleges in Canada

B-schoolAverage GMAT score 
University of Toronto665
HEC Montreal637
University of Alberta550
Carleton University600
Concordia University600
Dalhousie University550
Lakehead University500 or higher
McGill University570
McMaster University600
Queen’s University600
Ryerson University550 or better
University of Calgary550 or better
University of Lethbridge550
University of Windsor550 
University of OttawaA minimum of 50 percentile 
Wilfrid Laurier University550
York University’s Schulich Business School550-750


Australia: Top MBA Colleges in Australia

MBA Universities in Australia Average GMAT Score
University of Melbourne: Melbourne Business School695
University of New South Wales: Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)686
Monash University: Monash Business School650
University of Queensland Business School600
MGSM Macquarie Graduate School of Management680


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: