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Accreditation and rankings

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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 University of Exeter Business School’s MBA programme has been named the UK’s 5th best full-time MBA in The Economist’s Which MBA? 2022 rankings.

The rankings, published today, list the top 100 full-time MBA programmes in the world, ranked using a combination of data provided by Business Schools and input from current and former MBA students.

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The Exeter MBA secured a top 200 spot in The QS Global MBA Rankings 2022, ranking in the top 60 of MBAs in Europe.

Featuring over 280 business schools, this year’s full-time MBA rankings provides a comprehensive list of the best places to study an MBA.

The Exeter MBA and Senior Leader DA retain their positions in CEO Magazine's 2022 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 2022 Global MBA rankings. The Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme maintains its position among the top 100 Global Executive MBAs.

This year, CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and ranked data from 180 schools, offering 347 different programmes in 27 countries (98 online, 92 EMBA and 157 full-time and part-time MBA programmes). 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, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, price, work experience, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

The complete CEO Magazine 2022 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine, available here.

The Exeter MBA ranked amongst the top 40 programmes in the world in Corporate Knights' 2022 Better World MBA Ranking, placing 6th in Europe and 14th overall. A total of 160 business schools were assessed across the globe, identifying the Exeter MBA as one of the top programmes in the world at instilling holistic purpose in leaders and reflecting our commitment to inspire leaders for a better world.

The University of Exeter is ranked 19th overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 ranks the University of Exeter in 13th position in the UK.

The Guardian University Guide 2023 ranks the University of Exeter in 15th 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. The table also lists Exeter amongst the top 50 most international universities in the world.

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.

The University of Exeter's employment record is one of the best in the UK; rated the 14th most-targeted university by The Times Top 100 UK graduate employers - High Fliers Research, The Graduate Market in 2022

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.

Read about other University of Exeter Business School accreditations and rankings.