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The Exeter MBA

Accreditation and rankings

A worldwide reputation

The University of Exeter Business School is proud to be triple accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. These accreditations are the highest possible standards for business schools, and they demonstrate our commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and student outcomes.

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AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB International is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to more than 1,600 organisations and over 800 accredited business schools worldwide


EQUIS - EFMD Quality Improvement System

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and its fundamental objective is to raise the standard of management education worldwide. By attending an EQUIS accredited school, students can be assured that they are part of a high-quality institution.


AMBA - Association of MBAs

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. AMBA's accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. Through this accreditation, students and alumni benefit from access to world-class events and prestigious networking opportunities.


PRME for Principles for Responsible Management Education

PRME member - the Business School is part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative whose mission is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

The University of Exeter Business School’s has been names Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards. 

The accolade is among the most prestigious in the industry and was awarded in recognition of the University of Exeter Business School’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis. The School has made sustainability a major focus of its strategy and mission through research, education and partnerships, in line with its strong belief that business has a crucial role to play in tackling the global climate emergency.

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The Exeter MBA and Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship retain their positions in CEO Magazine's 2023 rankings. The Exeter MBA has again been awarded "Tier One" status and recognised among the leading MBA programmes in the world by CEO Magazine’s 2023 Global MBA rankings. The Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme moves to the top 50 Global Online MBAs, moving up to 26th place.

Scores were based on each school’s performance in quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, price, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

The complete CEO Magazine 2023 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine, available here.

The Exeter MBA ranked No.1 in the UK and 9th globally in Corporate Knights' 2023 Better World MBA Ranking. A total of 209 business schools were assessed across the globe (50 more than last year) and this year, for the first time, Corporate Knights applied a social-purpose lens to the programs under consideration. Going beyond the traditional pillars of sustainable performance, social purpose cuts to the heart of a company, to its raison d’être. The somewhat radical proposition puts purpose, rather than profit, at the centre of all decision-making, reflecting the Exeter MBA's commitment to inspire leaders for a better world.

The University of Exeter Business School’s MBA programme achieved a top 250 place in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

The rankings include full-time MBA programmes and are collated using data on employability, entrepreneurship, ROI, thought leadership and diversity collected by QS research analysts.

Our MBA is not only accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), but our award-winning One Planet MBA programme was presented with a "Highly Commended Award for Innovation" upon its creation in 2011, and The Exeter MBA continues to build on that success.