Highest Ranking Online Business Schools in the World in 2021

Credit: European Leadership University

Business studies – especially MBA degrees – remain the most popular choices for international studies. But what if you can’t afford to go study abroad or there’s a global pandemic going on? Then, an online MBA from a reputable international business school might be the next best thing!

But which are some of the best online business schools in the world? There aren’t a lot of official rankings for online business schools and universities out there, so finding a complete list isn’t very straightforward. To make your search easier, Studyportals.com made lists with the best business schools offering online business studies in the four top locations for international studies: United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. All the business schools mentioned below are accredited and offer internationally recognized diplomas. 

The location of the business school might be relevant to you if you choose to study a blended Business degree, mixing online studies with periodic classes on campus.

Follow the links to the university page, check out the Business and Management tab and find an online business program.

United States

Best Online Business Schools 

The United States offers a lot of online options for business studies. However, there are only 2 main university rankings mentioning the best online business schools in the U.S. Both the Financial Times and U.S. News have created their own university lists listing top online business and management studies. While U.S News has an entire list dedicated to only studying online MBAs in the U.S., Financial Times has a top 10 list with the best online business schools in the world, many of which are in the U.S. Both lists are included below:

U.S. News Rankings for Best Online MBA Programs 2020

Here, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) both ranked Number 1 in MBA Programs, with Carnegie Mellon, a private school, offering it’s courses at $2,187 per credit and boasts of 122 enrolments including 96% of their students being employed when they first enroll.  

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), a public school, on the other hand, offers $2,025 per credit (out-of-state) with 717 enrollments and one hundred percent of students are already employed when they first enroll.

Below are some of the other schools ranked by the U.S. News:

Indiana University

University of North Carolina

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Florida

University of Southern California

Pennsylvania State University

University of Mississippi

University of Texas

Villanova University

Arizona State University

Find out more about the rankings here.

Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2020

Marconi International University

On FT, University of Massachusetts Amherst was the leading U.S. university and the third on the ranking list. FT ranked schools from various countries together. Below are the other U.S. schools that were ranked.

Find out more about FT rankings here.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Indiana University (Kelley)

University of Florida (Warrington)

Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim)

Other online business schools from the U.S. you should definitely check out include:

Walden University

Liberty University

The University of Arizona

United Kingdom

Best Online Business Schools

In the case of the UK, they used the UK business schools from Financial Times Rankings for Online MBAs as well as the top-ranked business schools in the UK according to QS Rankings. Because QS Rankings doesn’t rank online MBAs, they used the regular list and checked which of the business schools offer online study options.

Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2020

FT ranked Warwick Business School as the best and the number 1 business school in the UK, followed by Durham University Business School, which ranked 7th. See more here.

Warwick Business School

Durham University Business School

University of Bradford School of Management

QS Global MBA Ranking 2021 – UK

London Business School scored of 91% in the QS global MBA ranking, making it the number 1 business school in the U.K. in 2021. Other schools ranked are listed below.

See the complete QS Global MBA Ranking and here.

London Business School

Chicago (Booth)

Oxford (Said)

Cambridge (Judge)

Imperial College London

Warwick Business School

The University of Manchester (Alliance)

Other online business schools from the UK that we recommend that are worth checking out:

University of Edinburgh Business School

The Business School (formerly Cass)


Best Online Business Schools

Only two European business schools are present in the Financial Times Online MBA Rankings 2020. The rest in this section are business schools that are either ranked in QS Rankings 2021 or are from Europe and offer good-quality online Business studies.

Financial Times Online MBA Ranking 2020 – Europe

IE Business School, Spain ranked number 2 in FT 2020’s ranking, making it the number one school in Europe, in 2020.

See full rankings here.

IE Business School, Spain

Politechnico di Milano School of Management, Italy

Other business schools from Europe offering online Business studies

IESE Business School, Spain

BEBS (Barcelona Executive Business School), Spain

EU Business School, Spain

GBSB Global Business School, Spain

Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands

IUBH University of Applied Sciences, Germany

ESMT Berlin, Germany

TBS Business School, France

Swiss School of Business and Management, Switzerland

Sustainability Management School (SUMAS), Switzerland

International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Italy

Turin School of Development, Italy


Best Online Business Schools

Credit: St. Bonaventure University

The following list of business schools is made up of top business schools ranked by QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 and they also offer online business study options.

Global MBA Rankings 2021 – Australia

Melbourne Business School ranked 26th with an overall score of 78.8%, making it the number 1 business school in Australia, according to QS Global MBA Rankings 2021.

See rankings here.

Melbourne Business School

Monash University

The University of Western Australia

La Trobe Business School

RMIT University

University of Wollongong

Victoria University

Other online business schools from Australia worth checking out:

University of Tasmania

Swinburne University of Technology

CQ University Australia

Torrens University Australia

Find the full rankings on their official websites: QS Global MBA Rankings 2021, Financial Times Online MBA Rankings 2020, and U.S. News Best Online MBA Programs.

Source: Study Portals Masters

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