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Ivey in the Rankings

Understanding Rankings

Many media organizations publish some sort of package which ranks business schools against each other. Most rankings measure schools on multiple dimensions with different weightings assigned to different elements.

There are some rankings dimensions that align with Ivey’s program strategies, which centre on student and recruiter satisfaction, and others that do not. On the measures that align with our strategy, we perform well and where we do not, we pay close attention and review the data to determine if there is opportunity to improve. However, we do not formulate strategy based on their results.

Choosing the right business school for you is not an easy decision and rankings don’t always make the decision easier. As a consumer, you should become familiar with ranking methodology and the dimensions each one focuses on. Beyond rankings, it's important to consider whether a business school is a good fit for you. Prospective students should take into account everything from classroom experience, to meeting career goals and strength of alumni networks when going through the selection process.


Rankings and Accolades


Number One
For six years running, Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked Ivey the No. 1 MBA program in Canada (2014-2019). In 2017, a survey of employers ranked Ivey as the sixth best MBA program located outside the United States.


Number One
In 2020, the Financial Times ranked our Executive Education program #1 Overall in Canada. Our Custom programs have also ranked #1 for three years in a row (2018-2020).


Number One

In 2021, The Economist (Full-time MBA ranking) ranked our MBA Program No. 1 in Canada for:

  • Education Experience (9th globally)
  • Alumnus/Student Assessment of Career Services (11th globally)
  • Student Quality (43rd globally). 


In 2015, the School received a bronze medal in the Nurturing Employability category at the prestigious Wharton-QS Stars ReImagine Education Awards.


Bloomberg Businessweek 2019 International MBA ranking*


School Overall Score
HEC Montreal 15.9
Western (Ivey) 45.1
Queen's (Smith) 34.8
Rotman 27.1
Concordia (Molson) 24.5
Ryerson (Rogers) 23.9
McGill (Desautels) 12.5
Alberta 11.7

*This ranking favours schools with satisfied students, alumni and recruiters.


The Economist 2021 Full-time MBA ranking*


School Rank
Schulich 21
Ivey 56
Queen's 57
Concordia 68
Ryerson 83
HEC Montréal 84
Rotman N/A

*This ranking favours schools with satisfied students and many international students who find placement in countries with high PPP.


Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021*


School Rank
Rotman 75
McGill 91
Ivey 97
Queen's 100
UBC Sauder Not Ranked

*This ranking favours schools with strong research programs and many international students who find placement in countries with high PPP. View the methodology.


Frequently Asked Questions


Ivey participates in and provides data for the Financial Times, The Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek.