10 Business Schools You Need To Look Out For In 2020
From hot new courses to rising MBA salaries and record employment rates, these are the business schools you need to look out for this year
Despite being founded less than 20 years ago, the Indian School of Business (ISB) has shot into the Financial Times’ top 25 Global MBA rankings. In 2020, one of the school’s most impressive stats will likely be graduate employment.
In 2019, graduates from ISB’s flagship Post Graduate Program in Management (its equivalent to an MBA) were receiving record job offers: 1,383 jobs—almost two per graduate. This is a significant increase from the 1,194 jobs that 2018’s cohort was offered.
With the Indian economy predicted to grow steadily by 6% this year, and ISB’s reputation gaining traction, the school’s already impressive employment rate of 98% will likely be bolstered in 2020.
6. Supporting entrepreneurs: Darden School of Business
Entrepreneurship is a desirable career path for many an MBA, and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is one to look out for on this front in 2020.
One Darden startup, Trulli, recently came out on top as our MBA Startup of 2020. Its founder, Amanda Joseph, describes her time at Darden as “foundational” to getting her ventrue off the ground.
On the Darden MBA, students like Amanda can choose from over 25 entrepreneurial electives, and as it stands, every student opts to take at least one.
Keep an eye out for Trulli, and Darden, in 2020.
7. Rising graduate salaries: CEIBS
After graduating from an MBA you can expect a hefty salary boost, and in this department Shanghai-based CEIBS (the China Europe International Business School) is a school to watch.
In 2015, CEIBS MBA graduates saw an average salary increase of 147%—a figure that has been rising year on year ever since, hitting an impressive 183% in 2019.
As 2020 gets underway, this upward trend looks set to continue. China’s economy is expected to maintain a robust 6.1% growth rate, providing plenty of local opportunities for ambitious CEIBS grads.
8. Going online: Questrom School of Business
Boston University’s Questrom School of Business will also be making waves in 2020, by joining the growing number of schools to offer an online MBA program.
In partnership with the education platform edX, the program will be delivered entirely online, covering all the topics you’d expect from a traditional on-campus MBA such as finance, marketing, and handling data.
The online MBA will be launched this fall, with tuition fees of $24,000—less than half the price of its full-time counterpart.
9. Holding fast at the top: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Our list of schools to watch out for wouldn't be complete without 2019's most consistent ranking topper: the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Last year, Stanford held onto their top spot in the Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings, the QS Global MBA Rankings, and the Businessweek US rankings. The school also shared Forbes' top spot with Chicago's Booth School of Business.
In the US news rankings, though, Stanford found itself pipped at the post by its main rival, Wharton. In 2020, will Stanford be able to hold onto its number one rankings?
10. Helping student mental health: London Business School