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We are delighted to share that Imperial College Business School’s Global Online MBA has been ranked second in the world and first in the UK in the annual QS Online MBA Rankings 2021.

This is the third year in a row that we have held this position in the world, and fourth year in a row that we have been ranked first in the UK.

Leila Guerra, Vice Dean (Education) said:

At a time of disruption and with an increased demand for new skills in a transformed economy, online MBAs have gained recognition by students and employers as a pathway to success. The online learning experience gives students the skills and confidence to meet the demands of a changing business landscape adapted to their needs.
Leila Guerra
Vice Dean (Education)
leila guerra

World-class faculty, teaching and employability

In the QS Online MBA ranking criteria, our Global Online MBA programme scored highest for our world-class faculty and teaching and employability. Guerra said:

Imperial's Global Online MBA reflects the pioneering work of our academics, providing students with a cutting-edge MBA centred on the foundations of management and embedded in a world-leading university. Students have access to a wide range of subject choices, delivered using the latest innovative methodologies as created by our award-winning Edtech Lab.

The Edtech Lab is the Business School’s award-winning educational technology team. They support the School’s aim to deliver teaching at the highest professional standard through pedagogically sound applications of technology and multimedia. This ranking reaffirms our global leadership in high-quality online teaching, the result of 20 years of investment and innovation, and reflective of our position as one of the world's leading science and technology institutes.

We are pleased to see our high scoring in employability. Our approach to career development on the Global Online MBA is based on the concept that professional development first has to happen from within. The Personal Leadership Journey (PLJ) is a dedicated careers track led by Imperial College Business School Careers that runs for the duration of the programme.

Ayo Adegbiji, Careers Consultant and Careers co-lead for the Global Online MBA said:

The Personal Leadership Journey is focused on supporting students to realise personal transformation and emerge from the Global Online MBA programme more successful. Underpinned by a three-fold focus – improving self-awareness, increasing leadership capabilities and executing successful career transition strategies – the Personal Leadership Journey continues to deliver impactful career outcomes to students year-on-year.

Within four months of graduation, our Global Online MBA class of 2020 reported a 31% average salary increase, 66% of students changed roles and 21% changed sectors.

Adegbiji said: “Our Global Online MBA students are resolute in their resolve to achieve successful outcomes, take ownership of their career journey and optimise the professional and personalised career transition support available through the versatile Imperial College Business School Careers offering.”

Lucia Okafor graduated in the Global Online MBA class of 2020 and is a Senior Manager (Strategy) at PwC. Reflecting on her experience, she said:

The support of my Career Consultant was essential because it meant I had someone to share my ideas with and get some feedback. The support I received in rewriting my CV was also invaluable. Even after completing my studies, my consultant has checked in regularly with me, which gives me the opportunity to provide updates and reflect on my progress towards my goals.
Lucia Okafor
Global Online MBA class of 2020
Global Online MBA student Lucia Okafor

The Personal Leadership Journey is one element of the highly personalised career support available to students on the Global Online MBA.

More about the Global Online MBA

This news follows our recent positioning where the Global Online MBA ranked as a global top three programme in the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2021.

The Global Online MBA continues to evolve and strengthen, and in September 2021 we have introduced some updates to the programme to enhance the learning experience for students. The Imperial Global Online MBA is a part-time programme delivered in an online format - allowing you to study from anywhere in the world, with the ability to complete your programme in 21 months, 24 months or 32 months.

The programmes fuses innovative thinking and new technology to deliver a practical curriculum that you can apply in real-time to your jobs while you study, benefiting both your career and your employer.

To establish a close-knit connection amongst students, the programme commences with an induction week on our campus in London (pending COVID-19 travel restrictions). You also return to campus at the culmination of the programme, further solidifying the lifelong friendships and networks in your cohort.

The programme is delivered via core modules, electives and projects. The core modules build rapidly on your previous experience, while introducing new and challenging disciplines in essential business topics, and you begin to tailor your learning via flexcore modulesThe wide range of electives allow you the opportunity to diversify your knowledge or specialise in an area of interest. Group and individual projects bring together all of your programme learnings.

Are you interested in joining our top-ranked Global Online MBA? Applications are open for our September 2021 and January 2022 intakes.

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