Program rankings

IMD’s commitment to excellence is reflected in sustained top rankings from the Financial Times and other influential business publications. IMD is one of just two business schools worldwide that has been ranked in the top five of the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings for more than 15 consecutive years.

Across multiple rankings, IMD routinely ranks as among the best in international faculty and the international diversity of participants. The school’s top places in the Financial Times open and custom program rankings are driven by high sub-scores in the categories assessing faculty quality, teaching materials & methods, and aims achieved.

Executive Education rankings

  • #2 worldwide for open programs – 2022 (Financial Times)
  • #1 worldwide for open programs for nine years in a row – 2012-2020 (Financial Times)
  • In the Top 3 worldwide for executive education / combined ranking for open & custom programs since 2012 (Financial Times)
  • Top 5 worldwide for overall ranking for more than 15 years in a row (Financial Times)

MBA rankings

  • #1 MBA international 1-year program – 2019 (Forbes)
  • #1 MBA program in Europe – 2021-2022 (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • #1 MBA program worldwide for criteria on international students; international faculty – 2021 (Financial Times)
  • #4 Best International MBA programs – 2021-2022 (Poets & Quants Ranking)

EMBA rankings

  • #8 EMBA program worldwide – 2020 (The Economist)
  • #1 EMBA program worldwide for criteria on international faculty; languages – 2020 (Financial Times)
  • #1 EMBA program for career development – 2018 (The Economist)


Accreditation labels signal quality to prospective participants and underline IMD’s
commitment to delivering the very highest standards in real learning and real impact.

In 2020, IMD sustained the premier “triple-crown” of AACSB, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) EQUIS, and AMBA accreditations, confirming IMD’s commitment to delivering the highest levels of real learning and real impact.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.

EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

The fundamental objective of EQUIS, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programs.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013

In recognition of our engagement to Information Security, we got certified by PECB MS signifying that our organization has been assessed and found to be in accordance with the management system requirements in ISO/IEC 27001:2013.

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an internationally recognized standard, demonstrating our commitment to meet the Information Security expectations from our customers, employees, and business partners as well as IMD’s legal and compliance requirements.

Positive impact in Switzerland

Business School Impact System

In recognition of conducting a comprehensive impact assessment, IMD was honored with the prestigious Business School Impact System (BSIS) label from EFMD. The label recognizes business schools on the forefront of measuring their local impacts.

With the label, IMD became one of the approximately one dozen pioneering business schools to hold the three elite accreditations and the BSIS seal.

Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world.

EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility

The EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility rating methodology measures the quality of a company’s CSR management system – through its policies, actions, and results.

IMD has stepped up its action and measurement efforts in the area of sustainability in recent years. EcoVadis announced the business school’s silver rating for 2021, showing a clear year-on-year progression.