The QS World University Rankings names three ESSEC programmes among the top in the world

ESSEC Business School
Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

ESSEC Business School’s Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB), the Master in Finance and the Global MBA have been recognised in the 2018 QS World University Rankings as three of the top programmes in the world.


  • #4 Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB)
  • #10 Master in Finance
  • #27 Global MBA

For this newly modified ranking, QS compiled a thorough, multivariate ranking on business programmes and this represents a major evolution of their previous work that had been primarily focused on employer opinion. The ranking focuses on key strengths of the programmes including alumni outcomes, diversity, employability, thought leadership and value for money.


Out of a total 121 schools considered in the ranking, ESSEC’s SMIB ranks 4th globally. The programme performed particularly well in regard to alumni outcomes, value for money and employability, a criterion that examines employer reputation as well as the employment rate for students three months post-graduation.


Globally, the Master in Finance ranks 10th out of 131 schools in the Masters in Finance Rankings 2018. The ranking highlights the key strengths of the programme, which was also particularly well ranked regarding alumni outcomes and employability. The programme performed well above the global and regional averages for Finance.


“The Global MBA programme ranks 27th globally out of 232 institutions and 14th in Europe out of a total 70 institutions. The programme presents a relative strength in Diversity (percentage of female faculty and students, percentage of international faculty, number of student nationalities), and Entrepreneurship and Alumni Success. ESSEC’s MBA programme also represents a 10-year Return on Investment higher than the global and regional medians. The programme also scored above the global as well as European averages on all indicators.”


The ranking also serves to highlight the quality of ESSEC’s academic programmes. Overall, all three of the programmes ranked well above the global and European averages for thought leadership, an indicator that measures academic reputation, the percentage of faculty with a PhD, and research impact.


According to Felix Papier, the Dean of Academic Programmes at ESSEC, “All of ESSEC’s programmes are among the best in their domain and the QS Ranking reaffirms the quality of our offerings in a tough competitive environment. Such results represent a major asset for the reach and attractiveness of our school.”



Read the complete 2018 QS World University Rankings by Programme:

Business Masters Rankings 2018: Masters in Finance

Business Masters Rankings 2018: Masters in Management

Global MBA Rankings 2018






About ESSEC Business School

ESSEC, founded in 1907, is one of the world’s top management schools and holds the “triple crown” accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. With 5,867 students; a faculty comprised of 162 full-time professors, 20 of which are emeritus professors, in France and Singapore, recognised for both the quality and influence of their research; a wide range of management training programmes; partnerships with the world’s best universities; and a network of 50,000 alumni, ESSEC continues to foster a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences and innovation. In 2005, ESSEC opened a campus in Asia. ESSEC’s operations in Asia Pacific, strategically located in Singapore, present the perfect foothold for ESSEC to be part of the vibrant growth of Asia and to bring its expertise to the expanding region. Additionally, in 2017 ESSEC opened a new campus in Rabat, Morocco. ESSEC’s international expansion allows students and professors to study and understand the economic forces at work in the different regions of the world. For any additional information, please visit or


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