Henley MBA-rankings 2019/2020

We know that quality of faculty, networking opportunities, potential to increase your salary and personal development are vital to you in selecting your MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) or executive education provider.

There are thousands of business schools and MBA programmes in the world, but only few of them are ranked high on a regular basis. In the Nordic region, there is no other school than Henley Business School to break its way into high places in global rankings with so many management education programmes.

Henley Business School has once again achieved excellent results in the following categories and been awarded world-class rankings.



Henley EMBA ranked 21st best worldwide by The Economist’s Which MBA?

We’re proud to announce that Henley Business School’s Henley Executive MBA was ranked #21 in The Economist’s Which MBA? 2020 Executive MBA ranking.

The world ranking of Executive MBAprogrammes from the Economist shows the value and quality of our Executive MBA-programmepositioning our rogramme no.21 in the World, no.10 in Europe and no.1 in Denmark/Scandinavia, and highlighting strengths in a number of other areas including diversity, student quality, course content, careers, alumni network and salary increase.

Today’s MBA ranking follows our recent success in both the FT Global Masters in Finance ranking and the FT Executive Education ranking, with Henley securing a top ranking for all three programmes.

The Economist Executive MBA ranking broadly measures two areas, personal development/educational experience and career development, and is an important guide for helping prospective MBA students in assessing and selecting the right educational provider for their future study.

In a competitive job market, it is vital that our MBA programme members are provided with an experience that helps with their chosen career path. Personal and professional development is a key area of focus on our global programme. We were one of the first pioneers to embed personal development in our Executive MBA. 50 years later it remains a cornerstone of our programme to this day. This is reflected in our position of no. 1 in Denmark/Scandinavia and no.9 in Europe for overall personal development and educational experience.

As well as being taught by our UK-based expert academics and practitioners, students can feel assured that they will also learn from, and alongside, a strong and varied cohort of experienced executive peers, with our programme ranked in the UK top five for student quality criteria:

  • Years of work experience: No.2 in the World
  • Years of management experience: No.9 in the World
  • Quality of students: No.21 in the World
  • Culture and classmates: No.13 in the World

As a business school that champions women in leadership, we are also proud to see that we are no.1 in Scandinavia for gender balance of students in the cohort. Additionally we are no.1 in the World for the gender balance of our faculty.

Exposure and connections across the globe and a variety of industries are an important part of any education and our strength in this area is noted in our World top 20 ranking for networking. We have campuses and offices around the world and 80,000 alumni from 160 countries and the strength of this network provides programme members with a strong resource to help build their future as successful business leaders.

  • Ability to network: no.14 in the World
  • Number of business school alumni branches across the World: no.9 in the World
  • Student rating of the helpfulness of EMBA alumni: no.21 in the World

The quality of programme content and careers service is evident from our World top 20 position for programme content, and overall careers development results:

  • Student rating of programme content: no.17 in the World
  • Overall career development: no.19 in the world
  • Percentage increase in salary after one year compared to pre-MBA salary: no.19 in the World
  • Percentage of alumni who have been promoted or grown their company since graduation: no.9 in the World

Dr Anne Dibley, Programme Area Director for the Henley MBA, comments:

“We are proud to be ranked no.21 in the world for Executive MBA programmes. This is a clear reflection of Henley’s strong commitment to our students’ personal and professional development throughout the programme. Our MBA’s global perspective and focus on responsible leadership enable us to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on challenges and shape opportunities in today’s fast-moving and complex world. Supported by Henley’s world class faculty and staff and an experienced and diverse group of peers, our programme members develop the skills, and competences needed to achieve their career aspirations, whatever they may be.” 

The Executive MBA is designed to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on challenges in today’s fast-moving global economy. The programme includes a high level of face to face interaction with academics and peers, group collaboration, personal development, careers coaching and mentoring, to further enhance their management skills and prepare them for the challenges of senior leadership. We are committed to developing leaders with social and corporate responsibility and as part of the course we provide the opportunity to work with charities and NGOs in South Africa, an integral part of the Henley MBA experience. Alongside our learning modules, our multi-campus MBA programme also features a single international cohort with immersive overseas study experiences delivered in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA.

Full results of the ranking can be viewed on the Economist website.

Find out more about our Executive MBA-programme here.

Financial Times Executive MBA ranking 2018

Highest ranked Executive MBA programme available in Denmark

In this year’s Financial Times ranking, the Henley Executive MBA (EMBA) was again the highest ranked EMBA programme available in Denmark. The competition among the world’s highest-ranking Executive MBAs is intense and we are proud to be continuously ranked among the best hundred EMBA programmes in the world. The Henley EMBA is now ranked 58th in the world and 22nd in Europe.

The Financial Times ranking is a comprehensive guide for prospective MBA students that lists the world’s top 100 business schools. It covers a range of criteria on careers progress, teaching and content quality to enable comparison of potential institutions and courses.

Alongside learning the foundations of managing a business, dealing with change and further developing leadership skills, personal and professional development is a key area of focus on our EMBA programme and continues as a theme throughout the length of study. Our investment and support for students in this area is reflected in these results:

Careers progress: 21st in Europe
Aims achieved: 14th in Europe
Percentage salary increase: 18th in Europe
Salary increase (pre-MBA to 3 years post-study): Average 56%

Our deliberately small class sizes enable programme members to share their own work experience, challenges and learning which provides a more relevant study experience to each individual. In addition, different assignments focus on developing current organisational issues and challenges, allowing students to take away contextually relevant knowledge and solutions.

As champions of diversity and helping women to develop their leadership potential, we are also particularly proud to see strong results in this area:

Percentage of female faculty: No. 2 in Europe
Percentage of women students: No. 1 in Europe

We are renowned for our academic and student diversity, which provides our learners with access to a range of insights and knowledge from across the world, different cultures and genders, and adds to the quality of their overall learning experience.

The Financial Times ranking is based on data collected from business schools and their alumni.

The full Financial Times 2018 ranking.

Henley in world top 25 of Executive Education providers

Henley places at no.24 in the world, no.16 in Europe and no.5 in the UK in the combined ranking which is based on programmes delivered in both our UK campus and overseas campuses in South Africa, Finland and Germany.

Open programmes

Our open programmes are designed to empower individuals to increase their personal impact and organisational performance. They cover four core areas: strategic management, leadership, coaching and people and organisational change.

Henley rose five places in this year’s world ranking, ranking at no.22 in the world, no.12 in Europe and no.4 in the UK.

Henley’s open programmes topped the table in the UK and ranked in the world top 10 for percentage of women course participants (52%), reflecting our commitment to championing women in leadership.

Participants rated Henley in the world top 20 for course design, and new skills and learning (both no.2 in the UK). We are rated in the world top 25 for participants’ aims achieved (no.2 in the UK) and teaching methods and materials (no.3 in the UK).

Custom programmes

Custom programmes are tailored learning solutions for organisations to support their strategic development and are co-designed with our clients. Henley works with public and private sector organisations around the world.

Our ranking this year is no.32 in the world, no.19 in Europe and no.6 in the UK.

We are pleased to retain a world top 10 position for international clients (no.7, and no.2 in the UK), reflecting our standing as a truly international business school.

Henley’s custom programmes place in the world top 20 for faculty diversity – of the full-time faculty who taught custom programmes, 72% were women and 44% were international. We also place in the world top 25 for growth in revenue and repeat business (UK no.3).

Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education, comments:

“I am pleased that Henley has retained its world class ranking. This recognition of the quality of our work is an important encouragement for our clients, participants, staff and faculty during these challenging times. We expect that the world for executive education will look different post-COVID19, but we are well positioned to realign our programmes and services to meet the new challenges and opportunities that will emerge over the coming months.”

The open and custom programme ranking details can be found on the Financial Times website here.