Business School leaders in the world as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

London/Mumbai: Harvard University, USA has been crowned again as the best business school in the world as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. London Business School, UK bags second spot while INSEAD, France secured third position.  Global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds have released their first global ranking of the world’s best places to study Business & Management Studies on o8 March 2017.

The ranking is released as part of their annual QS World University Rankings by Subject launch, which enumerates the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), home of the Sloan School of Management, has jumped to fourth place. The world’s top 300 business schools are ranked.  University of Pennsylvania, USA finds fifth place.

The other top ten Business schools as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 are as followed:  Stanford University, USA (sixth); University of Oxford, UK ( seventh);  University of Cambridge, UK (eight),  London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK (ninth); and University of California, Berkeley (UCB),  USA (Tenth).

This year, changes to the way in which QS analyse responses to their Academic Survey and Employer Survey result in a number of standalone business schools making headway in the 2017 table.

QS’s Business & Management Studies ranking is based on surveying academic staff that declare a speciality in the subject, and employers who seek to employ graduates that specialize in the discipline. It is also based on the research output and impact of each relevant faculty, with both citations and paper output measured over a five-year period. The world’s leading university this year for Business-and-Management-related research, according to QS’s citations indicator, is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Top 20 Business Schools as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017  
2017 2016 Institution Country
1 1 Harvard University United States
2 2 London Business School United Kingdom
3 3 INSEAD (France) France
4 6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
5 5 University of Pennsylvania United States
6 4 Stanford University United States
7 8 University of Oxford United Kingdom
8 7 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
9 9 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom
10 11 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) United States
11 10 Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Italy
12 14 HEC Paris France
13 13 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
14 22= Northwestern University United States
15 12 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
16 17 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
17= 19= New York University (NYU) United States
17= 19= University of Chicago United States
19 22= Columbia University United States
20 18 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Hong Kong
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017

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