The 12 European B-Schools With The Fastest Return On Investment, According To The Financial Times

Which Continental business schools give you the most bang for your buck?

An MBA is a pricey proposition.

The degree can launch you into a lucrative career, but it will cost you.  

Business school alumni from the top 100 MBA programs were paid $142,000 in 2016, three years after donning their graduation caps.

However, fees are now equivalent to 8.7 months’ gross annual salary three years after graduation.

When adding living expenses, and the opportunity cost of leaving a job to study full-time, the bill for a two-year degree in the US exceeds a whopping $300,000.

European business schools offer a faster return on investment, as programs there are generally one-year in duration.

The Financial Times ranked the 100 best global MBA programs according to career progression, research and diversity.

We chopped the data into value for money.

Below, are the 12 MBA programs in Europe that offer the most bang for your buck.

Tuition is quoted in local currencies. 

1. Judge Business School, University of Cambridge


Average Salaries: $164,741

Tuition: £51,000

Program Length: 12 months

2. ESMT Berlin


Average Salaries: $108,360

Tuition: 38,000

Program Length: 12 months


3. EDHEC Business School


Average Salaries: $113,502

Tuition: €41,000

Program Length: 10 months

4. University of Strathcylde Business School


Average Salaries: $98,105

Tuition: £28,000

Program Length: 12 months

5. Lancaster University School of Management 


Average Salaries: $114,220

Tuition: £29,000

Program Length: 12 months

6. Durham University Business School


Average Salaries: $104,321

Tuition: £28,000

Program Length: 12 months

7. IMD


Average Salaries: $154,511

Tuition: CHF 60,000

Program Length: 11 months

8. Cranfield School of Management


Average Salaries: $123,773

Tuition: £36,000

Program Length: 13 months



Average Salaries: $167,657

Tuition: €77,000

Program Length: 12 months

10. Vlerick Business School


Average Salaries: $97,960

Tuition: €38,000

Program Length: 12 months

11. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University


Average Salaries: $120,625

Tuition: €47,000

Program Length: 12 months

12. Mannheim Business School


Average Salaries: $113,829

Tuition: €36,000

Program Length: 12 months

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