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26 Sep 2019


On September 26, Quacquarelli Symonds released a ranking of master's programs in Management and Finance. GSON SPbU is among the leaders with  Corporate Finance and Management programs. GSOM SPbU, and the Higher School of Economics represented Russia in the rankings.



The British company Quacquarelli Symonds is considered one of the most prestigious university ranking compilers in the world. It specializes in evaluating universities in general. In 2018, QS additionally launched rankings in three master's programs in Business Education: Management, Finance and Business Analytics. The GSOM SPbU Master in Management (MiM) program took the 94th position, and the Master in Corporate Finance (MCF) program is on the 101th place.


“The future of education is in the knowledge demanded by business. Therefore, GSOM SPbU works closely with companies, taking into account their opinions in the development of programs. This brings dividends: our alumni are in demand on the labor market and quickly achieve success and returns on their investment in training”, said Olga Dergunova, Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, GSOM SPbU Director.


The QS master's program rankings take into account various aspects of the program’s success, and therefore, along with the well-known the Financial Times and The Economist rankings, they can help applicants choose a quality business education. The criteria included: reputation among employers (for the MiM program this indicator was 50.9%, and for MCF is 49.1%), success of alumni (MiM - 33%, MCF - 43.3 %), return on investment (MiM - 3.2 years, and MCF - 3.3 years), academic reputation of the program (MiM - 45.5%, MCF - 38.0%), as well as the number of women and representatives of others countries among students and faculty (MiM - 65.0%, MCF - 60.0%).

QS uses data from the university, open sources, and surveys of employers and representatives of the academic community, which the agency conducts annually on its own databases, which include about 140,000 experts. Representatives of Quacquarelli Symonds evaluate the success rate of alumni by analyzing more than 150 open rankings of managers, for example, the Forbes 2000 list.

For business schools, the most prestigious rankings are considered to be in the Financial Times and The Economist rankings, which have high qualification entry requirements. To get on these lists, the school must be accredited by EQUIS or AACSB, and enrollment in the program must have been open for at least four years. Since 2013, GSOM SPbU master programs have been steadily improving their positions in the Financial Times and The Economist rankings. In 2019, the Management Program took 23rd place in the list of 95 best management programs in the world in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management ranking, and 38th in those published by The Economist.