Top 50 in Europe on FT ranking

5 December 2022

The Financial Times ranks BI among the 50 best business schools in Europe for the tenth year running in its European Business Schools Ranking for 2022.

“For BI Norwegian Business School, this year’s ranking marks a decade among the 50 best business schools in Europe. This is a welcome acknowledgement that we continually deliver relevant and competitive programmes, and that our students are attractive to employers both in Norway and internationally,” says President of BI Karen Spens.

The Financial Times ranks BI number 48 out of the 95 schools that have made it onto the list in 2022, up two places compared to 2021. HEC Paris tops the list, followed by London Business Schools, and ESCP Business School.

How the ranking works

The FT European Business Schools Ranking is a composite of five annual rankings: full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management, Executive Education Open Programmes, and Executive Education Custom Programmes.

BI Norwegian Business School normally participates in all rankings except full-time MBA, which the school does not offer. In 2022 BI did not participate in the Masters in Management ranking.

“We are pleased that we advance compared to last year’s results, especially considering that we this year did not take part in all the rankings we normally do. We aim to participate in four out of five composite rankings in 2023 and hopefully achieve an even higher position. Rankings like these are important for all international business schools because they are used by students, employers, and faculty worldwide to compare schools,” continues Spens.


  • This is the 19th annual Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking. BI Norwegian Business School has participated the past 13 years.
  • The composite rankings are weighted as follows: MBA (25 percent), Executive MBA (25 Percent), Masters in Management (25 percent), Executive Open Programmes (12.5 percent), and Executive Custom Programmes (12.5 percent).
  • The most important criteria are current salary and salary increase for alumni.
  • In addition, schools are ranked on the composition of faculty. Including number of faculty with PhDs, number of female faculty, and number of international faculty.
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