The top MBA programmes for specializations



Despite the MBA being a generalist degree, QS has ranked global business schools based on seven specializations, amongst them consulting, finance, technology, entrepreneurship and marketing.

The MBA degree is generally viewed as a degree for allrounders but for applicants who already know which career path lies ahead of them, it makes sense to choose a business school which is known for its specific career specialization.

QS World University Rankings – an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds – ranked business schools according to seven specializations, including consulting, finance, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, information management and operations management.

In their methodology they worked with three central criteria in mind: career placements, employer reputation, and research strength. Of the seven MBA career specializations ranked, only one was not led by a US business school. This was consulting, where Insead with its campuses in France and Singapore topped the results.

Otherwise the top schools were MIT Sloan which was ranked the best in information management, operations management and technology. Stanford Graduate School of Business won for both marketing and entrepreneurship and achieved high rankings in other specializations as well.


1.    Stanford Graduate School

2.    IE Business school and Imperial College

3.    Oxford Saïd


1.    Insead

2.    Columbia

3.    Harvard Business School, and Penn (Wharton)


1.    Penn (Wharton)

2.    Harvard

3.    Columbia

Operations Management

1.    MIT Sloan

2.    HEC Paris

3.    Rotterdam School of Management


1.    Stanford Graduate School

2.    Northwestern (Kellogg)

3.    UCLA Anderson


1.    MIT (Sloan)

2.    UC Berkeley (Haas)

3.    Stanford

Information Management

1.    MIT Sloan

2.    Northwestern (Kellogg)

3.    Stanford Graduate School