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After 20 years the average return on investment for a European Full–Time MBA is US$2.9m

QS Return on Investment Report released today on www.TopMBA.com #MBAROI

London, 23rd d January:  In response to the economic uncertainty that has characterized the European economy of recent years, there is a growing desire among prospective MBAs to be able to estimate the return they can expect on their business school investment and to have a clearer view of placement results across schools.

The inaugural 2015 QS Return on Investment Report: European Full-Time MBA published today on www.TopMBA.com reveals that 46 leading European full-time MBA programs considered in the study are delivering remarkably strong returns for MBA graduates.


  • Employers value the full-time MBA more than any other postgraduate business qualification. The average salary for a European MBA graduate is $91,586 compared to $45,500 for a master’s graduate. The average MBA salaries for MBAs in financial services & banking is $95,050, compared to a master’s graduate’s $53,127, while the average MBA salary for MBAs in consulting & professional services is $88,250, compared to an average master’s salary of $47,228.

Julie Coffman, Chair of Bain & Company Global Women’s leadership Council says “We are going to be hiring north of 400 MBA this year. We’ve got to hire talent to keep up with our growth and so we expect to a have a gangbuster recruiting year.”

  • Europe, with its preponderance of one-year degrees and high salaries, boasts the world’s highest 10 year MBA ROI. The average ROI among European programs is $0.67 million over 10 years. At the 20-year mark, the average ROI of European MBAs is $2.9 million.


  • The health of the Full –TimeMBA in Europe is further emphasized by the fact that on average 85% of Full-Time MBA graduates have a job within three months of graduation, with the majority of international graduates meeting the visa requirements to be able to stay and work in the region.


  • In all, 20 business schools in Europe enjoyed 20-year ROIs of $3 million or more: IE, IESE, ESADE and ESIC in Spain; INSEAD, HEC Paris and EDHEC in France; IMD and St. Gallen in Switzerland; Cambridge, Cranfield, Imperial, London Business School, Oxford and Warwick in the UK; Copenhagen Business School in Denmark; Mannheim and WHU in Germany; SDA Bocconi in Italy, and RSM in the Netherlands.



  • MBA graduates in Europe, on average, can recoup their business school investment in just 30 months. At some European schools, graduates start earning a return on their investment in 20 months or less: ESIC (15), Bath (16), Edinburgh (17) Strathclyde (17), Mannheim (19), Durham (20 months).


  • The salary uplift in Europe averaged 85% from a pre-MBA average salary of $50,226, increasing to $91,586. Among MBA graduates in Europe, 12 business schools reported post-MBA salary uplift in excess of 90%. The highest salary uplift was reported by Vlerick (155%), followed bySt. Gallen (150%), the University of Edinburgh (146%),ESMT (145%), European University (138%), HHL Leipzig (127%),MIB (114%), HEC Paris (112%), Durham (111%), Bath (110%), EMLYON (110%) and London Business School (107%).


Nunzio Quacquarelli, co-author of the 2015 QS Return on Investment: European Full-Time MBA says: “This pilot report, by QS, set out to respond to MBA applicant demand for clarity on the financial return which is likely to be achieved by taking a full-time MBA at a recognized European business school. The findings show a healthy picture. As a next step, QS will look to take into account the numbers of entrepreneurial and business leaders created by each school, which is their fundamental value proposition.”

Prospective MBA students can find out more about the ROI of the full-time MBA by meeting leading business schools face-to-face at the upcoming QS World MBA Tour  and   QS Connect 1-2-1 events in all major European cities between January and May.

Participants will also be eligible to apply for exclusive MBA scholarships totaling $ 1,700,000.


Note: The figures have been expressed in US$ for standardization across currencies

For more information or to request interviews with the QS experts in business education please contact:


Simona Bizzozero

Head of Public Relations


m: +44(0)7880 620 856

t:  +44 (0)  20 7284 7248

e: [email protected] 



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The methodology of the 2015 QS Return on Investment: European Full-Time MBA is included in the report which can be downloaded from this link: http://www.topmba.com/why-mba/publications/qs-european-business-school-roi-report

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