Media Release | Jan. 28, 2013

UBC MBA up 25 places in Financial Times Global MBA Ranking

Up 25 places over its 2012 ranking, the MBA at the University of British Columbia ranks 57th among the world’s top 100 MBA programs in the 2013 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, published today. Now ranked third among Canadian schools, the UBC MBA, offered by the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business, experienced the second largest increase in the ranking overall.

“In such a highly competitive environment, we are very pleased with this strong increase in our rank among the world’s top business schools,” said Robert Helsley, Dean of the Sauder School of Business. “While only one measure of a school’s success, the ranking reflects our alumni’s strong career growth, the global reach and diversity of our MBA program, and the strength of our faculty members as leaders in business research.”

The ranking revealed a marked increase in the average salary of UBC MBA alumni three years after graduation, showing a 12 per cent boost over the average salary reported in 2012.

The Sauder School of Business leads Canadian schools in ranking categories for “international mobility” (27th), measuring the success of students in securing international positions, and “career progress” (56th), focused on the ability of grads to improve their seniority in the workplace.

Another notable improvement came in the category of “international course experience,” where the UBC MBA program moved up 43 places to rank 29th in the world. An assessment of international exposure through exchanges, research projects, study tours and global internships, the increase in this category reflects the rich international experiences offered in the UBC MBA.

“Our students move up faster and travel farther,” says Murali Chandrashekaran, Associate Dean, Professional Graduate Programs at Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. “This is a result of our ongoing improvements in career services and emphasis on global experience and diversity. We are giving our students an international canvas on which to learn and work to provide them with the skills and opportunities they need to make a global impact.”

Out of all ranking categories, Sauder placed highest for its academic strength. The school’s research rank improved from 20th to 15th in the world based on research productivity in top journals. The doctoral program continues to be among the world’s best, ranking 21st globally.

“We are proud of the global impact of our MBA program, the international reputation of our school, the commitment of our faculty and staff members, and the achievements of our students and alumni,” says Dean Helsley. “It is heartening to see our continued efforts and the value and quality of our MBA program reflected in this influential ranking.”

Read the full coverage on the FT’s Global MBA Rankings page.


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