Aston MBA programmes recognised in latest global rankings

CEO magazine

21 March 2018

  • ·Aston Full-time MBA achieves Tier One status
  • ·Aston Online MBA ranked 37th globally
  • ·Aston Executive MBA ranked 41st globally.

The Aston Full-time MBA has been given Tier One status in the 2018 Global MBA rankings published by CEO Magazine. Aston Business School is one of only 10 business schools in the UK to achieve this ranking.

The Aston Online MBA has also been ranked 37th globally and the Executive MBA 41st.

CEO Magazine's 2018 Global MBA Rankings feature over 270 MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA Programmes.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programmes.

This year CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and received data from over 270 programmes (56 online, 93 EMBA and 122 full-time and part-time MBA programmes).

Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted towards fact-based criteria, CEO Magazine aims to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, said:

“I am delighted to see our MBA programmes continue to be recognised by CEO Magazine’s Global MBA Rankings. This demonstrates that at Aston Business School we deliver a first class experience for our MBA students regardless of which study route they choose.”

Weighting of Data Points (full-time and part-time MBA)

Quality of Faculty: 34.95% International Diversity: 9.71% Class Size: 9.71% Accreditation: 8.74% Faculty to Student Ratio: 7.76% Price: 5.83% International Exposure: 4.85% Work Experience: 4.85% Professional Development: 4.85% Gender Parity: 4.85% Delivery methods: 3.8%

*EMBA Weighting: Work experience and international diversity are adjusted accordingly.

**Online MBA Weighting: Delivery mode and class size are removed.

Schools are ranked as Tier One or Tier Two based on their overall percentage score from these data points.

The complete CEO Magazine 2018 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s website.

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The CEO Magazine website also features a programme search tool, allowing potential students to search over 900 MBA and DBA programmes by region, programme type or price.

MBA search tool:


Notes to the editor

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For more than 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. Aston is renowned for providing education that is applied and has real impact on all areas of society, business and industry.

Aston Business School is in the top 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.

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