Business School Ranking & Accreditations

Cutting-Edge Research and Executive Education in St.Gallen: Accredited and Certified

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) offers you a first-rate, multi-layered portfolio of executive education programmes in the fields of management, law, technology and economics.

As an EQUIS- and AACSB-accredited business school, the University of St.Gallen stands for strong research, instruction and executive education with a long tradition. These independent accreditation processes subject the quality of an educational institution to permanent scrutiny. They also represent an important factor for business school rankings, in which the University of St.Gallen regularly occupies a leading position. Currently, the University of St. Gallen is placed Nr 5 in Europe and Nr 1 in German speaking Europe in the Financial Times Business School Ranking. Place your trust in quality.

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Business School Accreditation – What Does That Mean?

The strict quality standards of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference as well as the accreditation agencies EQUIS and AACSB guarantee the international recognition of our degrees and executive education courses.

In 2001, the University of St.Gallen became the first EQUIS-accredited business school in German-speaking Europe, and in 2003, it was accredited by AACSB. These independent accreditation agencies issue the two most discerning seals of quality for business schools and create the framework for international standards. These internationally recognised accreditations honour the high quality which characterises our research and instruction and regularly secures the HSG a place among the frontrunners in business school rankings.

During an accreditation process, a university is systematically evaluated in terms of quality of research, instruction, training and administration. Independent experts also judge the role of the alumni network and the business school’s synergies with international partners and companies. However, internal factors are also taken into account: the organisation of the faculties, institutes and disciplines, as well as the diversity and quality of courses. The University of St.Gallen has been able to fully satisfy the evaluators in these respects – one of the most important factors for business school rankings.

Gerhard Richter Painting "Illusionen" in HSG Library Building
Gerhard Richter Painting "Illusionen" in HSG Library Building

Frontrunner in International Business School Rankings

With the University of St.Gallen (HSG), you are choosing a renowned business school with a first-class executive education programme. The HSG regularly occupies top positions in business school rankings, such as the Financial Times Ranking for European business schools. Other important evaluations, such as the CHE and Handelsblatt Rankings, confirm our reputation as one of the best business schools in German-speaking Europe, in Europe as a whole and in the world. This type of business school ranking provides information about a business school’s international prestige.

Financial Times European Business School Ranking 

The Financial Times Business School Ranking is the most important ranking of executive education programmes at European business schools. In the 2016 Financial Times Ranking of European business schools, the HSG was ranked fifth place among the best business schools – internationally.

The Master’s programme Strategy and International Management (SIM-HSG) is listed in first place in the Financial Times Ranking as the world’s best management major. Our Master’s in Finance programme is also listed under the world’s ten best business Master’s degrees.

Moreover, our postgraduate executive education programmes occupy frontrunner positions in the Financial Times Ranking for business schools in Europe and worldwide. These include the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and high-quality Executive MBA programmes. In the current ranking of the world’s best executive MBA programmes, the HSG Executive MBA comes in in sixth place in the category of “career progress”.

Felica Varini in Main Building HSG
Felice Varini in Main Building HSG
Alicia Penalba
Alicia Penalba

Handelsblatt- and Che-Ranking

In the Handelsblatt Ranking of business school in German-speaking Europe, the HSG recently took first place for business administration research and sixth for economic research. The HSG is also one of the frontrunners in the CHE Ranking in the fields of business administration, economics, international relations and law.