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Education quality rankings in the world

Within the realm of international higher education, a number of rankings with widely varying levels of quality, methodological rigor and authority are published. Bocconi University regularly appears in the most prominent rankings which cover its areas of expertise in economics and management, and more generally the social sciences.
Due to its nature of a specialized institution, Bocconi doesn't appear in the rankings qualified as "overall" - i.e., QS, THE and Shanghai rankings - which involve Universities covering a wide spectrum of subjects and fields.
Here we show the updated results of some of the most important and widely-recognized of these. More information concerning our standing in other specialized or sectorial rankings will be published in the sections about the individual programs.

1. QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)

In the QS World University Ranking, published by London-based QS, Bocconi’s worldwide performance in the Social Science and Management segment over the last three years was as follows:

  • 2023, Social Sciences & Management, 14th rank (4th in Europe)
  • 2022, Social Sciences & Management, 10th rank (4th in Europe)
  • 2021, Social Sciences & Management, 16th rank (4th in Europe)

QS themselves mention Bocconi in the ranking’s presentation pages, explaining why Bocconi is not listed in the comprehensive ranking but only in the more specific “Social Sciences” subgroup. See the Inclusion in Rankings article.

Bocconi is also featured in the subject rankings published separately by QS:

World University Ranking by Broad Subject Area - Social Sciences and Management
4th in Europe
14th worldwide
Employer Reputation 82.7
World University Ranking by Subject - Accounting and Finance
5th in Europe
17th worldwide
Employer Reputation 81.1
World University Ranking by Subject - Marketing
3rd in Europe
8th worldwide
Employer Reputation 78.5
World University Ranking by Subject - Economics and Econometrics
4th in Europe
16th worldwide
Employer Reputation 82.1
World University Ranking by Subject - Business and Management
3rd in Europe
7th worldwide
Employer Reputation 84.9

Note: "Employer Reputation" is one of the ranking’s indicators and gauges companies’ opinions about graduates from any individual university. The top one has a conventional score of 100.


2. Financial Times

Bocconi is also present in many rankings by Financial Times. More precisely, SDA Bocconi School of Management (Bocconi’s Business School), is in the following rankings: MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA), Executive Education Custom Programs, Executive Education Open Programs and European Business Schools. MSc courses offered by Bocconi’s Graduate School are listed in the Master in Management and Finance rankings. Here are the updated positions at European and worldwide levels.

Masters in Management 2023 
7 in Europe
8 worldwide
Masters in Finance Pre-experience 2023 
11 in Europe
13 worldwide
Global MBA 2023 
3 in Europe
6 worldwide
Executive Education Customised Programs 2023
7 in Europe
9 worldwide
Executive Education 2023
8 in Europe
10 worldwide
European B. School Ranking 2022 
4 in Europe


3. U-Multirank

The recently launched U-Multirank project, like other rankings, aims to help choose a university but with a quite different approach from others. After setting the desired criteria, the user obtains a list of universities with the indication, for each chosen parameter, of each university’s performance compared to the group average. U-Multirank thus shifts the main focus from the simple position in a ranking to the mix of characteristics of a given university.


4. Shanghai Ranking 2023
The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy lists the best universities in the world in specific research areas. The Academic Subjects are divided into five macro areas (Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences). In the Social Sciences area, Bocconi is present in a few Academic Subjects:

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Economics
7 in Europe
32 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Finance
9 in Europe
51-75 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Management
5 in Europe
25 worldwide
Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Public Administration
12 in Europe
24 worldwide
Last modified 30/01/2024 - 11:34:50