HEC Paris Best in the World For Master's in Management Programs

HEC Paris Best in the World For Master's in Management Programs

QS Staff Writer

Updated January 16, 2020 Updated January 16

HEC Paris has been ranked as the best in the world in the QS Business Masters Rankings: Masters in Management Rankings 2019.

The French business school is followed by London Business School in second and ESADE in third. Incidentally, all three business schools have managed to keep their same position from 2018.

Nalisha Patel, Program Director, Masters in Management and Global Masters in Management, LBS said: “The LBS MiM is an applied program based on real business context. The core curriculum is integrated with business skills, careers activity and experiential opportunities such as our global Social Impact and Tech and Entrepreneurship trips.

“Our students learn to connect the dots, deal with complexity and ambiguity, and understand how different subject knowledge can be combined to reach exciting and innovative business solutions.

“They are challenged to explore the relationship between the executive glass ceiling and the gender pay gap, using their learning from our management accounting and organizational behavior courses.

“Our teaching reflects real-life situations and our students are business ready from the moment they graduate. This year we have added a lot more content on analytics, from programing and data visualization, to completing advanced excel/vba level before they graduate.

“The culmination of their program is a live business project with some of the most interesting companies in London and this really allows our students to apply all their learning while adding real value to real companies.

“Students on the LBS MiM are surrounded by top business professionals from all career stages, in everything from elective classes to campus events, and benefit enormously from a richly diverse peer-to-peer learning network.”

To be included in the Masters in Management Rankings 2019, programs had to be taught mainly on-campus (i.e. not distance learning), have had at least one graduated class, and a class size of at least 10 students.

The methodology is also adapted to accept both full and part-time programs as well as both pre- and post-experience programs. More information about the methodology can be found here.

More than 130 Masters in Management programs around the world took part in the rankings, which assess schools based on the following ranking indicators:

  • Employability – 35 percent
  • Alumni Outcomes – 15 percent
  • Value for Money – 20 percent
  • Thought Leadership – 20 percent
  • Class & Faculty Diversity – 10 percent

On average Master's in Management programs are 16 months long and cost on average $25,347. There’s seemingly a financial boost for participants, with an average post-graduation salary of $51,916.

When looking at students on Master's in Management programs, the average age of students is 23.7 years, with an average of one years’ work experience. Around 50 percent of women are students – only marketing achieves a higher proportion of female students in this year's Business Masters Rankings 2021.

96 of the 135 schools ranked this year are based in Europe, compared with 21 in the US, six programs in Asia and Canada respectively, followed by three in Latin American and two in Oceania. Only three schools from the US manage to break into the top 20, with every other institution based in Europe.

In addition to this ranking, the top master's programs in business analytics 2021, finance 2021 and marketing 2021 have also been revealed, while the QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 reveals the best full-time MBA programs around the world.

This article was originally published in September 2018 . It was last updated in January 2021