North America dominates rankings of the world’s leading full-time MBAs, but Europe has a strong reputation when it comes to digital degrees. The continent is home to a myriad of highly ranked Online MBA programs in several countries from the UK to the Netherlands.
Many of the top digital degrees in Europe are clustered in the UK, which is home to many reputable business schools such as Imperial College in London and Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. But the options for online students span the entire European continent, from Madrid to Milan and Berlin.
A common theme on these courses is innovation, with Online MBAs seen as good preparation for an increasingly digital workplace. Studying online, students can apply what they learn directly into the workplace without delay.
But many of these Online MBAs combine online and offline elements on campus, giving students a chance to sample some of the major European business climates and rich cultures. This helps to form bonds among classes and that translates into a powerful global alumni network.
In the UK, Warwick Business School has led the ranking of Online MBAs by the Financial Times newspaper in London for the third consecutive year. This feat is attributed to the strong salary uplift and career progression achieved by Warwick alumni three years after graduation. Alumni command an average salary of $204,799, which is a 40 percent increase over the three years.View School Profile
Spain’s IE Business School in Madrid came second on the FT’s global ranking of distance learning MBA degrees. It has a highly international student body with 91 percent coming from outside Spain. Students also praise IE’s international exposure and networking opportunities. Moreover, the business school has the highest score for corporate social responsibility.View School Profile
This school’s Online MBA is ranked number one in the UK and second in the world by QS. Imperial College is one of the world’s leading science and engineering universities. So the Online MBA focuses on innovative thinking and new technology in a highly practical curriculum. Imperial has a state-of-the-art online learning platform that lets students connect and work from anywhere at any time.View School Profile
Vlerick Business School in Belgium puts on a relatively new Online MBA program in the heart of Europe. The business school is triple-accredited and has a strong track record in delivering quality online instruction. The course can be completed in just a year (or in up to five). Students will join a 23,000-strong global alumni network on graduation.View School Profile
Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Milan, Italy, runs a well-regarded and flexible Online MBA. It was designed and delivered in partnership with leading multinationals, such as Amazon and Vodafone. The course uses an advanced digital learning platform that leverages artificial intelligence. The curriculum focuses on digital transformation.View School Profile
Alliance Manchester Business School in the UK runs an Online MBA that focuses on blending robust academic theory and practical, hands-on learning experiences. The program blends online and offline elements, with three in-person residencies each year. Manchester is triple-accredited, and its Online MBA is ranked third in the UK and seventh globally by QS.View School Profile
This leading German business school runs a blended MBA that is taught mostly online but with some study on campus in the vibrant capital city of Berlin, or in Munich to the south. ESMT is renowned for its science and technology focus and this is reflected in the Online MBA, which includes courses on customer centricity, entrepreneurship, innovation, digital business and agility.View School Profile
Durham University Business School has an Online MBA that is ranked seventh in the world by the FT and third in Europe. Students study predominantly online but can complete some of their studies at Durham in the north of England. Optional modules mean the curriculum can be tailored to students’ career paths and they apply the learning immediately in their job.View School Profile
Elsewhere in the UK, the University of Bradford School of Management has been hosting one of the world’s longest-running Online MBA programs. The FT ranked it as third overall in the UK and the best in the world in terms of value for money. Established more than 50 years ago, Bradford’s course was also ranked 12th globally in a separate ranking by CEO Magazine.View School Profile
The EuroMBA is a two-year online course run by Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands. But there are three residential modules at a whole host of top European business schools: Audencia, and IAE Aix in France; Eada of Spain; HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany; and Poland’s Kozminsky University.View School Profile