Business Schools Ranking

Eduniversal ranking methodology

The official ranking of the Best 1,000 Business Schools

Official Ranking of the Best 1000 Business Schools

The 1,000 best Business Schools ranking’s establishment follows every year a clear three steps process :


Official Selection of the best 1000 Business Schools

Quantitative criteria
Qualitative criteria

Palmes of Excellence classification (from 1 to 5)

Internationalization criteria

Dean’s Vote

STEP 1 - The Official Selection of the 1,000 Best Business Schools :

The aim of the ranking process is to determine, out of thousands of different business schools, the top 1000 that will be selected. The number of schools selected to take part in the ranking, from each of the 153 countries, is determined according to a quota method using both quantitative and qualitative criteria.

The quantitative criteria includes:
- The national expenditure on education per inhabitant
- The GDP per inhabitant
- The size of the population
- The number of students in higher education

The qualitative criteria includes:
- The number of graduate academic institutions in the country
- The historical importance of the national educational tradition

STEP 2 - The Palmes of Excellence awards to each of the 1,000 ranked schools

The Official Selection of the 1,000 Best Business Schools rests on quantitative and qualitative criteria. Then, for each country, the choosen schools are divided into five levels of excellence we call the "Palmes of Excellence".

The Palme level is awarded to each schools according to a set of criteria created by the ISC, which are mainly internationalization criteria, such as accreditations, major rankings, memberships in academic or professional associations or partnerships.

The Palmes leagues are divided as followed :

  • 100 schools in the 5 palmes league
    Universal Business Schools with strong global influence
  • 200 schools in the 4 palmes league
    Top Business Schools with significant international influence
  • 400 schools in the 3 palmes league
    Excellent Business Schools with reinforcing international influence
  • 200 schools in the 2 palmes league
    Good Business Schools with strong regional influence
  • 100 schools in the 1 palm league
    Business Schools with considerable local influence

STEP 3 - The Deans’ Vote

Then, once a certain level of Palmes is awarded to a school, the last step is the rating of the school inside its Palme Level in its country. Institutions are ranked here according to the assessment made by their peers, that is to say made by Deans of the others best Business Schools ranked by Eduniversal.
This unique step is called the Deans' Vote, and allows to take into account the expertise of the deans of the best business schools worldwide: it's the synonym of a recognition by the peers.

Every year, during the Eduniversal World Convention, the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony highlights the TOP 3 Business Schools in each of the nine geographical zones that received the highest recommendation rates from their peers around the world. In addition, during this prestigious event, the World Trophy is awarded to the school that received the highest recommendation rate from its peers, all geographical zones combined.