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TOP 5 MBA Programs in Europe

Anonymous A asked on Oct 28, 2018

If you could pick the top 5 MBA Programs in Europe with the most valuable curriculum, how would your ranking look like?

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Guennael updated his answer on Oct 28, 2018
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The curriculum is always essentially the same; back when I was doing mine, we realized that something like 14 of the top 15 US programs used the same Investments book. There will be differences, but at the margin - and no-one will be really familiar with them.

I suggest you pick your MBA based on the culture, the people you know, perhaps the duration of the program... and know that ultimately the main difference will likely be in terms of whom you meet there (i.e., the network)

To address your question though: my top 5 or 10 would likely include Insead, LBS, HEC, IESE, LSE, IMD, St Gallen... but I am also someone who hasn't lived/worked in Europe for nearly 20 years now, so take it for what that's worth :)


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Hi A,

I agree with Guennael in terms of curriculum. My top-picks are INSEAD, HEC, LBS, OXFORD and IE.
If I were you, I would concentrate on what I want to get from MBA. If you wanna get MBA to get into management consulting, all 5 schools are target for MBBs.

Furthermore, I would take into account the duration factor and potential networking opportunities. I proactively suggest going to MBA events of all schools and talk to potential candidates.
You sometimes can ask schools to provide a short-list of potential classmates and their backgrounds.

All the best,


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