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Imperial Global Online MBA ranked #3 in the world by the Financial Times

The Imperial Global Online MBA programme has ranked as a global top three programme by the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2021.

This is our first year in the FT ranking and, together with our number two position in the QS ranking, consolidates our position as a world-leading programme. 

In the ranking, the Global Online MBA placed second in the Careers Service Rank – the effectiveness of our Careers service as rated by our alumni. This is an area we have developed considerably in recent years and reflects the ongoing careers and professional development support, and networking opportunities we offer our alumni. 

We also recorded the highest ever salary achieved by graduates after three years. In such a ranking, this is an endorsement of our alumni community’s hard work and ambition.

Professor Markus Perkmann, Academic Director of the Imperial MBA celebrated the ranking result:

We are pleased to see our Global Online MBA programme ranked as a global top three programme by the FT. This result nicely complements and validates our existing top position in the other relevant rankings. Our FT rankings position persuasively illustrates the value our Global Online MBA brings to our MBA graduates in terms of career progress and personal growth.

Staying true to its namesake, the Global Online MBA was recognised for the diversity of our community; we secured top three positions for the international makeup of our faculty, student cohort and board, as well as in the International Mobility Rank. These factors are particularly important to the student experience on a global programme, and this reflects greatly on our international community. 

In addition to the learning experience, the diversity of professional experiences and backgrounds among my fellow classmates has been a real eye-opener. It has allowed me to see both the topics discussed during the modules and the challenges brought forward by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis from different perspectives.
Global Online MBA 2020-21
Giulia Macagno, Global Online MBA 2019-21, student at Imperial College Business School

In September 2021, the programme will be updated with some key changes to enhance students’ learning experience. Markus explains:

“Building on insights from our students and faculty, we have recently updated our programme in the following ways. First, we know that our MBA candidates want to personalise their MBA in terms of the topics they study, and we have therefore introduced a set of flexcore modules to allow for more choice.

Second, we have made the length of this part-time programme variable, so that our candidates can now choose to do their MBA in 21, 24 or 32 months.

Third, we have introduced an exciting suite of new modules in analytics, marketing and strategy to ensure the content we offer is always matched with what leaders and managers need in today’s labour market.

Applications to our September 2021 intake of the Global Online MBA are now open.