The world's best online MBA programs have been ranked again this year by QS Quacquarelli Symonds

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the London-based company that specializes in analysis of global higher education, released its rankings of the world’s best online MBA programs today. Spain’s IE Business School claimed the top spot for the fourth year in a row, but programs at U.S. universities accounted for more than half of the top 57 programs

Interest in online MBAs continues to be strong, with many schools seeing increases in applications during the past year. Prospective students appear to be putting an even greater premium on programs that offer flexibility and convenience, particularly as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic persist

Commenting on the popularity of online MBAs, Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, said: “Online MBA programs across the world were increasingly reporting higher learner demand prior to the pandemic, and we anticipate that this rise in student interest will only increase in the current climate. As ever-more business schools seek to place their offerings in front of ever-more potential students, our results will continue to help prospective students differentiate between the myriad options now available to them, using independent data and a methodology carefully-crafted to capture the quality of the online learning experience.”
**The Top Ten**
According to QS, here are the top-10 online MBA programs. The full list can be found here. The 57 programs in this year’s rankings include ten more programs than were listed in 2020. The majority of the newly-featured programs are in the U.S

IE Business School. (Madrid, Spain)
Imperial College Business School (London, England)
Warwick Business School (Coventry and London, England)
Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales Business School (Sydney, Australia)
Alliance Manchester Business School (Manchester, England)
Politecnico di Milano School of Management (Milan, Italy)
Indiana University (Kelley Direct Programs), (Bloomington, Indiana)
University of Southern California (Marshall) (Los Angeles, California)
Vlerick Business School (Ghent, Belgium)
Florida International University (Miami, Florida)
**The Rest**
These 11 U.S. programs also ranked in the top 30 programs:
- 15. University of Florida Warrington College of Business
- 16. Naveen Jindal of Mangement, University of Texas, Dallas
- 18. George Washington University
- 21. University of Maryland Robert H.Smith School of Business
- 22. American University Kogod School of Business
- 23. Colorado State University
- 24. North Carolina State University Poole School of Management
- 25. Syracuse University Whitman School of Management
- 27. Baylor University Hankamer School of Business
- 28. Lehigh University
- 30. University of Arizona Eller College of Management
**QS Methodology**
QS uses the following four weighted measures to evaluate the quality of an online MBA offering:
Faculty and Teaching (35%) Academic Reputation(15%) of the program as judged by a survey of academic experts; FTE Faculty/number of enrolled students ratio(10 Student Completion rate(10 Employability (30%)is based on results from QS’s proprietary QS Global Employer Survey, which taps the opinions of over 44,000 hiring managers worldwide across numerous sectors and industries. The opinions of employers who say they hired online MBAs specifically are weighted more highly. is spread across five sub-factors: Class Profile (30%) Number of students enrolled Applicant/place ratio Work experience(5%, more students in the cohort with work experience is better); Proportion of female students Number of nationalities represented includes several evenly-weighted indicators such as physical meetups, regular synchronous classes, access to a learning app on a mobile and/or tablet, and 24/7 tech support. Class Experience (5%)
The IE Business School received the highest scores of any program in two of the categories:
*Employability* and *Faculty and Teaching*, in addition to tying for the third-best score in *Class Experience*. QS also noted that 45% of IE Business School’s graduating cohort received promotions one year after graduating from the Online MBA program, and 11% of its graduates started their own companies. Students from 54 nationalities were admitted to the program, and they had a 100% completion rate

The highest ranked program in the U.S., Indiana’s Online MBA stood out for its excellent
*Class Experience* metric, and it also achieved the best *Employability* outcomes of any American online MBA program


QS is considered one of the leaders in ranking the world’s colleges and universities. Its
*QS World University Rankings *portfolio was started in 2004, and, according to the company, its website, www.TopUniversities.com was viewed 147 million times in 2020. In addition to its various rankings, QS also provides universities across the world with consulting and analytic services as well as benchmarking data on various aspects of institutional missions.