THE/WSJ business school report

Explore business schools around the world using data collected by Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal

December 6 2018
THE/WSJ Business School Report

MBA, MIM, MIF – these acronyms can seem quite confusing when you’re first looking into studying business at university. How do you know what they stand for and how do you know which university is going to be suited to you?

Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal have analysed a number of business schools around the world, producing a table of high-achieving schools from around the world.

We have produced four tables in total – a two-year MBA (master’s of business administration) table, a one-year MBA table, an MIM (master’s in management) table and an MIF (master’s in finance) table. The analysis aimed to measure student experience and teaching excellence at each of the institutions that submitted their data.


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The universities were measured across 20 individual performance indicators combining to create an overall score that reflects the strength of each programme and school. These scores are then aggregated into four key areas, which we call pillars.

One of the key parts of the data collection was the alumni survey, which was taken by more than 23,000 students from three different cohorts: those who finished their studies in 2012, those who finished in 2013 and those who finished in 2015. Responses to 10 questions were used in the final metrics. You can see the full methodology here.


Top tier: two-year MBA degrees

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Editor's note: Boston University: Questrom was originally incorrectly cited as Boston College: Carroll. This was corrected on 6 December 2018. 


Top tier: one-year MBA degrees

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Top tier: master’s in management

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Top tier: master’s in finance

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