About CBS

Accreditations and Rankings

Accreditations and rankings are important ways for us to benchmark our performance and ensure that we keep up high quality and stay focused on acquiring new goals

CBS participates in a number of different rankings. Some focuses on programmes, others on research in general, and some on a specific subject area.


  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Financial Times  
European Business Schools 34 35 51 33  
CEMS Master in International Management 4 * 9 9  
Master in General Management 32 36 38 38  
Full-Time MBA Europe 37 34 36 31  
Executive MBA World 62 50 ** 57  
Executive MBA Europe 31 27 ** 27  
Global MBA       100  
Bloomberg Businessweek  
Full-time MBA, non-US schools 28 27 30 16  
Full-time MBA, global (new)       84  

QS - Business Masters Rankings

Masters in Management (Master's in International Management) - - 9 15  
Masters in Finance (MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance)   - 13 17  
by subject 'Business & Management Studies' 10 13 13 17 15
MBA 12 Europe 12 Europe 26 globally
13 Europe
31 globally
14 Europe
EMBA     ***12

28 globally
15 Europe

25 globally
12 Europe
Corporate Knights  
Better World MBA 3 4 4 14  
Times Higher Education  
World Rankings 201-250 251-300 201-250 201-250  
By subject 'Business and Economics' - - 30 35  
By subject 'Social Sciences' - 88 94 97  
The Economist  
Msc in Social Sciences - Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship (every second year) - 31 - (2019)  
UTD - Business School Research Top 100 77 83 67 (2019)  

Table updated 25 October 2018
* CEMS decided not to submit data that year
** Programmes not included in the ranking list due to insufficient data
*** Inaugural ranking of EMBA programmes, only by region. In 2018 both global and regional



CBS participates both in international and in national accreditations. The main purposes of the international accreditations are 1) international branding and 2) learning international best practice on quality in education, research and administration.

Since 2000 CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, and since 2007 also by AMBA. August 1st 2011 CBS received accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the first school in Scandinavia. CBS has thus acquired 'The Triple Crown', an acknowledgement only shared by around 50 business schools worldwide. These schools all belong the the absolute top business schools and include schools such as INSEAD, London Business School, IMD, and Rotterdam School of Management.

Three accreditations - different focus

The three different accreditation labels are perceived necessary due to their different recognition in different parts of the world, and because they – in spite of many similarities – have their focus on different element.

EQUIS has strong focus on research, internationalization and partnership with the business community, while AACSB focuses on strongly on governance, faculty qualifications, learning and education. AMBA focuses solely on MBA/MPA programmes.

The Danish accreditation system was established by law in 2007. This means that all CBS programmes must pass a national accreditation over the next years. This work is administered by ACE Denmark.

For more information please contact Accreditation Manager Mia Cudrio Thomsen

The page was last edited by: Business Intelligence // 04/17/2019