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The Exeter MBA secured a spot in The Economist’s Which MBA? Rankings 2021.

The rankings feature the top 90 full-time programmes globally, and highlight our MBA’s strengths in new career opportunities, student quality and diversity, and personal development and educational experience.

The Exeter MBA has again been awarded "Tier One" status and recognised among the leading MBA programmes in the world by CEO Magazine’s 2021 Global MBA rankings.

CEO Magazine’s 2021 Global MBA Rankings feature 338 MBA programmes from 27 countries. Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted towards fact-based criteria, it aims to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

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

Given the current climate, this year scores have been expressed as an average based upon data received over a four-year period (2017-2019/20).

The Exeter MBA ranked amongst the top 40 programmes in the world in Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Rankings 2020, placing 4th in Europe and 11th overall. A total of 146 business schools were assessed across the globe, reflecting our programme’s commitment to inspire leaders for a better world.

The Business School is ranked in the top 10 for Business and Management in The Complete University Guide 2021. The University of Exeter was also ranked 12th overall in The Complete University Guide 2021, ranking 8th in the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 ranks the University of Exeter in 12th position in the UK.

The University of Exeter has been ranked best in the UK for providing the best international student experience.

The University was awarded number 1 in the ‘International Student Choice Category’ at the What Uni? Student Choice awards 2017, up against strong competition from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

The Guardian University Guide 2021 ranks the University of Exeter in 16th position in the UK.

The University of Exeter is ranked amongst the top 150 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, one of the most influential global league tables.

Exeter is amongst the top 150 universities worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings 2022, one of the most influential global league tables.

Exeter has also been awarded a top five-star score overall in the QS Stars University Ratings 2021, a prestigious rating system of global universities. Exeter is one of 16 universities in the UK and one of only four Russell Group universities to receive 5 stars or above in the most recent QS Stars University Ratings. Confirming the breadth of excellence across teaching, research, employability and other key indicators.

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.

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