QS Top Online MBA Rankings for 2020

QS top online MBA rankingsThe coronavirus outbreak has sent business schools worldwide into “online mode” for the remainder of the spring term. Will that lead to a significant uptick in interest for online MBA programs next year? If so, which business schools offer the best educational experience in that format? Check out the QS top online MBA rankings for 2020 to see their take on the subject.

The online learning landscape will become increasingly competitive as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, QS predicts.  According to Nunzio Quaquarelli, CEO and founder of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, it will spur online educators to offer outstanding teaching and learning experiences in the virtual space.

“Online students tend to be particularly attuned to the key questions of whether their potential programs will be recognized by employers,” Quaquarelli notes. He also knows potential online MBA applicants want to make sure they don’t lose out on quality instruction for the sake of convenience. 

The good news for online MBA applicants, particularly women, whose interest in this format option has outpaced men in recent years, is that several programs continue to deliver an ever more competitive educational experience.

Also, as we pointed out recently in Find MBA, online programs are more open to those candidates who aren’t perfect with respect to work experience and test scores. Acceptance rates are much higher with online programs than traditional MBAs.

(Read our post with three things you may not know about online MBAs.)

QS Top Online MBA Rankings for 2020

  1. IE Business School (Spain) 
  2. Imperial College Business School (UK) 
  3. Warwick Business School (UK) 
  4. AGSM @ UNSW Business School (Australia) 
  5. Politecnico di Milano School of Management (Italy) 
  6. Indiana University (Kelley Direct Programs) (US) 
  7. Alliance Manchester Business School (UK) 
  8. Southern California (Marshall) (US) 
  9. Florida International University (US) 
  10. University of Otago Business School (New Zealand) 

Interestingly, the ranking data revealed that nearly a quarter of online MBA providers (11 of 47) have no international students. That is to say, in those cases, all students are from the same country as the provider. Meanwhile, the international student average globally is 24%, QS reports.

However, this may change over time as more international students explore online MBAs due to travel restrictions and border closures, QS predicts.  

For a deeper dive into the QS top online MBA rankings, check out this analysis from our friends at BusinessBecause. Or, explore a more skeptical take from Poets & Quants editor John A Byrne.

Finally, as with all rankings, we suggest MBA applicants take these with a grain of salt. Finding the best program for you is paramount.


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