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Indisputably World-Class

There are some 10,000 business schools worldwide. Only the very best make it into the international MBA rankings. Mannheim Business School has firmly established itself as one of these elite schools and is among the top 60 in every single one of the major rankings.

Considering accreditation, MBS has been the first business school in the German-speaking region to attain the "Triple Crown". Please find more information below.

International MBA Ranking (Non U.S.)

#1 in Germany // #9 overall

Global MBA Ranking

#1 in Germany // #10 in Europe

Global MBA Ranking (Which MBA?)

#1 in Germany // #9 in Europe

Ranking Highlights

Top 60 in all international business school rankings

Best German MBA program and Top 10 in Europe in the global MBA rankings of The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes

Second-largest leap forward of all non-US business schools in Poets&Quants’ ranking of the best international MBA programs of the last decade 

Top 50 Position worldwide for 13 years in a row in the Economist MBA ranking (2021) and for 14 years in a row in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking (2020)

#4 in Europe in the Bloomberg Businessweek International MBA Ranking (2017) in the category 'learning'

Best return on investment (ROI) worldwide in the QS Global MBA Ranking (2020/2021)

The two best German business professors (Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg and Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Weber) are members of the Mannheim faculty according to the Handelsblatt research ranking

Among the top 10 in the Financial Times Masters in Management ranking (2019) in Economics (#1), Marketing (#2) and Finance (#8)

Ranking results

  • Financial Times

    • #58 the Global MBA Ranking of the Financial Times (January 2021)
      • #5 in the category 'international mobility'
      • #8 in the category 'gender equality' (students)
      • #9 in the category 'employment'
      • #10 in the category 'value for money
    • Among the Top 75 in the Financial Times Global Executive MBA Ranking with two programs (October 2020)
      • #32 ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA
      • #72 Mannheim Executive MBA
      • ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA among the Top 10 in the category 'international course experience'
    • #24 in the European Business Schools Ranking (December 2019)  
    • #31 in the Global Executive Education Ranking for Customized/Company Programs (June 2019)
    • #14 in the International Masters in Management Ranking (September 2018)
      • #1 in Germany 
      • #2 for Marketing
      • #10 for Economics

     

  • The Economist

    • #26 in the Which MBA? Ranking (January 2021)
      • #1 in Germany
      • #9 in Europe
    • Among the Top 30 in the Global Executive MBA Ranking with three programs (June 2020)
      • #12 ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA
      • #15 Mannheim Executive MBA
  • Forbes

    #9 in the International (Non U.S.) MBA Ranking (September 2019)

  • Bloomberg Businessweek

    • #10 in the European MBA Ranking (December 2019)
      • #1 in Germany
      • #4 in the category 'Learning'
      • #8 in the category 'Networking'

     

  • Times Higher Education

    • #33 in the World University Rankings 2018/2019 for Business and Economics (#8 in Europe, #1 in Germany)
    • #21 in the 2018 Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal business school reportfor one-year MBA programs
    • #6 in the 2018 Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal business school report for one-year MBA programs 

     

  • Other International Rankings

    • Rising star in the Poets&Quants’ ranking of the best international MBA programs of the last decade
      • MBS moved up 25 spots finishing #12 overall and #1 in the German-speaking world in 2019
      • Second best performance of all ranked schools
    • #11 in the Poets & Quants International MBA Ranking (2019)
      • #10 in Europe
      • #1 in Germany
    • Top 15 in the QS Global Joint Executive MBA Ranking with two programs, best program of a German institution in the overall EMBA ranking (2021)
      • ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA #11 worldwide and #1 in Germany
      • Mannheim Executive MBA #23 worldwide and #1 in Germany
    • Top 40 in the QS Global MBA Rankings (2020/2021)
      • #39 worldwide
      • #16 in Europe
      • #1 in Germany
    • #16 in the Global MBA Ranking of América Economía (2021)
      • #10 in Europe
      • #1 in Germany
    • #38 in the Global Better World MBA Ranking of Corporate Knights (2019)
      • #1 in Germany
    • #31 in the Global MBA Ranking of Expansión (2019)
      • #9 in Europe
      • #1 in Germany
    • #17 in the Global Executive MBA Ranking of Expansión (2019)
      • #8 in Europe
      • #1 in Germany

     

  • National Rankings

    • Handelsblatt Business Administration Research Ranking (December 2014)
      • #1 in Germany: Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg
      • #2 in Germany: Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Weber
    • Wirtschaftswoche University Ranking
      • #1 in Business Administration for 14 times in a row (2002 - 2014) as well as in 2016 and 2018 - 2020
      • based on recommendations of German HR managers

Accreditation

Excellence to the Power of Three

In 2008, Mannheim Business School became the first institution in the German-speaking region to attain the 'Triple Crown' – a rare honor in the field. Fewer than 1% of the estimated 10,000 business schools worldwide have accreditations from AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA, the three leading international business school accreditation associations. Each of these three organizations has different focal points in their assessment procedures, but they all have one thing in common: Any school that successfully emerges from their stringent and comprehensive accreditation process can assert with the utmost confidence that it is among the very best institutions for management education in the world. As all of the accreditations are only granted for a certain period of time, they represent a strong and perpetual incentive to ensure continuous quality management.

Mannheim Business School is certified by evalag (Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg) according to Section 33 (2) LHG (university law of the state of Baden-Württemberg).

Accreditation Organizations

  • AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

     

  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System; Organization: EFMD)

    • Headquarters (EFMD): Brussels, Belgium
    • Founded in (EFMD): 1972
    • Accredited institutions worldwide: 170
    • Accredited German institutions: 5
    • Mannheim accredited since 2004

     

  • AMBA – The Association of MBAs

    • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
    • Founded in: 1967
    • Accredited institutions worldwide: 244
    • Accredited German institutions: 5
    • Mannheim accredited since 2008
  • evalag (Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg)

    • Headquarters: Mannheim, Germany
    • Founded in: 2000
    • Mannheim Business School certified according to Section 33 (2) LHG (university law of the state of Baden-Württemberg)

MANNHEIM BUSINESS SCHOOL (MBS)

Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.

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