ISB’s PGPMAX programme ranked #1 in India and #68 globally in the FT EMBA 2021 ranking

By Team Marcomm Dec 14, 2021

Indian School of Business has been ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the Financial Times (FT) EMBA 2021 Ranking. ISB's Post Graduate Programme for Senior Executives (PGPMAX) has been ranked 68 globally in the FT EMBA 2021 Ranking. ISB also gained the unique distinction of being the only B-School in India on the list. The FT Executive MBA ranking is a comprehensive ranking of executive MBA courses around the world. ISB's PGPMAX is a 15- month global Executive MBA level programme for senior-level employees with a minimum of 10 years of work experience.

The ranking highlights the relevance of the PGPMAX programme and the importance of an Executive MBA for working professionals. In today's world of unseen challenges and volatility, it becomes more critical for mid-senior level employees to equip and brace themselves up to be ahead of the curve. Echoing similar thoughts about the programme, ISB alumna Neelima Thota (PGPMAX Co'18) Founder and Chief Executive Officer Sah-Krta Foundation says, "ISB has launched the journey of my reinvention. It has helped me reimagine and redefine leadership, management, strategy, and innovation - the four pillars of my transformational professional journey! The trifecta of world-class faculty, peer network and industry connects underscores the invaluable experience."

The rankings are based on measures such as alumni salaries and how far courses helped them achieve their aims three years after completion, the diversity of student and teaching bodies, the quality of academic research, etc.

  • We are ranked #17 in standalone programme category and ranked #24 in both (standalone + joint programme) categories among all Asian countries.
  • We are ranked #57 in standalone programme category and ranked #68 in joint (standalone + joint programme) categories globally.


Ranking positions of key parameters

  • We are ranked #20 globally in work experience rank. (A measure of the pre-EMBA experience of alumni according to the seniority of positions held, number of years in each position, organisation size and overseas work experience)
  • We are ranked #21 globally in terms of Salary Today (Average alumnus salary three years after graduation, US$ PPP equivalent).
  • We are ranked #26 globally in the International course experience rank. (Percentage of classroom teaching hours that were conducted outside the location in which the business school is situated for the completing EMBA classes from 2018 to 2021).
  • We are ranked #42 globally in Environmental, social and governance (ESG) rank. (Proportion of core courses dedicated to ethical, social and environmental issues for the current and recent completing class).
  • We are ranked #63 globally in FT Research rank (number of articles published by a school's current full-time faculty members in 50 academic and practitioner journals between January 2018 and May 2021)


PGPMAX enables working professionals to scale newer and greater heights in their organisational setup. ISB's multi-pronged approach and excellent networking opportunities facilitate professionals to tread new growth trajectories, which in turn augurs very well for their organisational and career growth. ISB programmes enable professionals to cater to the current and imminent expectations of their customers and stakeholders. As per Suneel Reddy (PGPMAX Co' 18), Chief Executive Officer and Consultant Redefined Group, -"ISB PGPMAX has taught me three important things -  how to be comfortable in uncertain situations, to unlearn is as important as learning to be successful, and third, how to ask the right questions."

Professor Ramabhadran S Thirumalai, Deputy Dean, Programmes, said, "As of date, over 550 senior executives have graduated from the PGPMAX. Their contributions provide a huge impetus to their organisation's achieving their vision. Receiving the prestigious ranking from FT bears testimony to the fact that ISB's programmes are some of the finest globally and that India has to play a more important role in redefining the contours of management education."

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