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




2015 2016 2017 2018
Financial Times  
CEMS Master in International Management 7 5 4   9  
Master in General Management 40 37 32 36 38  
Full-time MBA       34    
Executive MBA World 79 91 62 50    
Executive MBA Europe 27 33 31 27    
European Business School 34 45 34 35    
International full-time MBA     28 27    

The Economist

Full-time MBA       95 88  
MSc in Social Science - Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship       31    
EMBA     60      
QS Top Business Schools
By subject 'Business and Management Studies' - - 10 13 13 17
By subject 'Social Sciences and Management' - 45 38 43 41 49
Full-time MBA Europe 9 9 12      
Accounting & Finance           50
Law           201-250
Politics & International Studies           101-150
Sociology           101-150
QS Business Masters
By subject 'Masters in International Management'           9
By subejct 'Masters in Finance'           13
University of Texas at Dallas - Top 100 Business School Research Rankings
UTD World 76 82 77 83    
UTD Europe 6 6 7 10    
Corporate Knights Magazine - Better World MBA
Better World MBA World 10 - 3 4 4  
Better World MBA Europe 3 - 1 1 1  
Eduniversal World 3 1 3 1 1  
Eduniversal Europe 2 1 3 1 1  
Times Higher Education
World University Rankings       201-250 251-300 201-250
Social Sciences Subject Ranking         88 94
Business and Economics Subject and Rankings (new)           30


Recommended by business school presidents

CBS participates in a number of different rankings. Some focuses on programmes, others on research in general, and some on a specific subject area. Finally, there are rankings that reflect CBS’ general reputation or performance in a specific area.

Financial Times ranks masters in management and the EMBA annually. Based on these results Financial Times produces the European Business School Ranking.
Financial Times Rankings

QS World University Rankings ranks the top 200 business schools worldwide.
QS Top Universities

University of Texas at Dallas ranks the research of Business Schools annually.
University of Texas at Dallas top 100 business school research rankings

Corporate Knights Magazine produces a Better World MBA survey.
Better World MBA Ranking reports

Eduniversal produces an annual reputation ranking based on recommendations from 1,000 deans and business school presidents from more than 150 countries. In addition, a scientific committee awards each institution with ‘Palmes of Excellence’ according to the estimated, international significance of the individual business school. As the only Danish institution, CBS has been awarded the maximum of five palms, which characterises a ”Universal Business School with strong global influence”.
Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking


CBS participates both in international and in national accreditations. The main purposes of the international accreditations are:

  • international branding
  • 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 // 06/22/2018