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Ivey in the Rankings

From the Dean

Many media organizations publish some sort of package which rank 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 center 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 four years running, Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked Ivey the No. 1 MBA program in Canada (2014-2017). In 2017, a survey of employers ranked Ivey as the sixth best MBA program located outside the United States.


Number One
In a 2015 recruiter survey for Bloomberg Businessweek Ivey’s MBA graduates ranked first in leadership skills, strategic thinking, collaboration and communications skills – among the most-wanted and hardest-to-find skills sought after by employers.


Number One
According to the 2016 Financial Times Ranking, our MBA program has the highest recorded salaries three years after graduation of any Canadian business school and scored top marks for career management service satisfaction.


Number One
Our Executive Education program is ranked No. 1 Overall in Canada by the Financial Times in 2017.


Number One
In 2017 The Economist ranked our MBA program No. 1 in Canada, and 59th globally.


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


Ranked Top 10 in the World for Alumni Network.
*The Economist 2015 MBA Rankings.


Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 International MBA ranking*


School Rank
Ivey 10
Queen's 18
Rotman 23
McGill 25
Concordia Not Ranked


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


The Economist 2016 Full time MBA ranking*


School Rank
Schulich 56
Ivey 59
Queen's 79
Concordia Not Ranked
HEC Montreal Not Ranked
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 2017*


School Rank
Rotman 65=
Ivey 94
Queen's 100
McGill Not Ranked
UBC Sauder Not Ranked


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


Frequently Asked Questions


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

Take a close look at the ranking methodology and the dimensions they consider and measure. For example, the Financial Times places a greater emphasis on faculty research than other rankings, whereas Bloomberg Businessweek focuses more on student experience and recruiter satisfaction.

Ivey participates in rankings that are globally recognized and have relatively sound methodologically. 

We focus our MBA program around the student experience and recruiter satisfaction. Ivey’s program is an action oriented learning experience designed to accelerate your success in the real world. This emphasis on real-world decision-making is especially noticed by recruiters which often value action over theory. Ivey does particularly well in rankings which emphasize student experience and recruiter satisfaction.