With the deadlines for the final round of 2011 MBA applications fast approaching, you may still be deciding which course is best for you. To help you choose the right school for you, here's a quick top 20 rundown of the best MBAs worldwide.
1. London Business School: The No. 1 school for MBAs in the past three years, LBS is known for the diversity of careers its alumni enter into, including banking, journalism and real estate investment.
2. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton: Known as one of the finest in the world, this rigorous MBA programme has turned many aspiring students into business leaders of great standing.
3. Harvard Business School: No. 3 on the overall list, but no. 1 in terms of alumni recommendations, HBS has long been seen as the archetypal MBA provider for students across the globe.
4. Insead: With campuses in both Singapore and France, Insead really is accessible to all European and Asian students, as evidenced by the presence of more than 80 different nationalities in the MBA programme.
5. Stanford Graduate School of Business: Steeped in history, Stanford's open and vast campus invites in not only the agreeable Northern Californian climate, but also MBA students from all over the world.
6. Hong Kong UST Business School: This business school can boast that more than 69% of its MBA alumni find employment within three months of graduating. This is little wonder, considering the grounding the MBA provides.
7. Columbia Business School: Based in the cosmopolitan New York City, this school's international reputation is thoroughly deserved, thanks to its MBA programme, which imbues students with an entrepreneurial mindset.
8. IE Business School: This Spain-based school has had a long tradition of educating some of Europe's finest business minds through its MBA programme. The central Madrid campus currently boasts MBA students from more than 70 countries.
9. Iese Business School: Another Spanish business school, Iese has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, a centre based in New York and offices in Munich and San Paulo, making the school one of the most cosmopolitan on this list.
10. MIT Sloan School of Management: MIT's MBA students have full access to the Massachusetts school's Career Development Office, meaning they're journeying to where they ultimately want to be before they even graduate.
11. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA): The subcontinent's leading business school for MBAs, IIMA currently enjoys the no. 1 career progress rank. The school actually offers the Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), which is equivalent to the MBA.
12. University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Booth MBA graduates are particularly successful in undertaking company internships and receiving job offers upon completion of the work experience period.
13. Indian School of Business: Going back to India, ISB alumni are known for enjoying increased earnings, successful career changes and international mobility, following completion of the institution's PGP.
14. IMD: Based in Switzerland, this school ranks no. 1 in terms of both international mobility and aims achieved in terms of its alumni. These MBA graduates are to be found in a diversity of sectors, including IT, law and the military.
15. New York University: Stern: This MBA is great to do if you want to go on to do a doctorate degree, as the school comes in at no. 5 on the Financial Times doctoral rank. Apart from academia, alumni have also broken into non-profit and industrial sectors.
16. Yale School of Management: More than 90% of this school's alumni have secured employment within three months of graduation with many successfully progressing up the career ladder to become CEOs, MDs and department heads.
17. Ceibs: The first mainland China school on this list, Ceibs can boast that less than 8% of its MBA graduates fail to find work within the first three months of leaving. The programme makes sure to equip the business leaders of tomorrow with everything they need.
18. Dartmouth College: Tuck: Tuck's MBA alumni traditionally have little trouble in being internationally mobile, successfully procuring job opportunities from internships, changing careers and networking effectively.
19. HEC Paris: The particular strengths of this school's MBA programme lie in the corporate strategy, finance and marketing elements of the course. Judging from the form of alumni, this programme is particularly useful for those looking to break into the financial industry.
20. Duke University Fuqua: Fuqua alumni are known for their prominence in the finance and banking sectors, which is hardly surprising as this course's strong points include its management and accounting elements.
Source: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2011. The full rankings and data can be seen here.