Vlerick Online MBA enters global top 10 of the world’s best online MBA providers

Results of the QS Online MBA Rankings 2021

Steve Muylle

By Steve Muylle

Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing

26 April 2021

With students around the world increasingly turning to an online MBA programme as a more flexible and more cost-effective method of furthering their career development goals, QS Quacquarelli Symonds – global business education analysts – have released their annual list of the world’s best online MBA providers.


Vlerick’s Online MBA programme has entered the global top 10, rising from the 12th position last year to number 9, and remains the only Benelux business school to be featured in this list.

With an increasing number of AACSB-accredited schools adding an online option to their MBA programme portfolio, this year’s list is the largest ever, seeing an increase of 10 programmes, for a total of 57 ranked programmes. The United States remains the dominant provider, accounting for 30 of the 57 entrants.

Professor Steve Muylle, Programme Director of the Online MBA, says: “It’s great to see that our Online MBA programme is being increasingly recognised for the way it enables its participants to turn knowledge into action and advance their careers or ventures, while enjoying a flexible and highly interactive learning experience.”

The QS Online MBA ranking offers independent comparative insight into the provider’s quality. QS uses 4 metrics to evaluate the quality of an online MBA offering: (1) employability, (2) class profile, (3) faculty and teaching, and (4) class experience.

Various aspects of our Online MBA programme have contributed to our excellent position in this ranking. Steve Muylle elaborates: “As for the aspect of faculty and teaching, we score very well on the high level of interaction and networking between participants and with faculty. Via live group sessions we guarantee that our participants are fully immersed in a very interactive way. Secondly, with regard to employability, our programme enjoys a high employer reputation. Our participants are characterised by their high level of professional experience, in terms of both diversity of profiles and average work experience. And we have a good gender balance.”

Unique approach to flexible and high impact online learning journeys

Our 100% online programme is a truly global MBA, with over half of the participants being located outside Belgium. The Vlerick Online MBA can be completed at your own pace, ranging from 1 year (fast-track) to 5 years. This very high flexibility allows participants to determine their own learning pace, from whatever location they choose.

By integrating a large variety of learning formats – including games, quizzes, videos, and simulations – combined with building the faculty into the course materials to share their insights and expertise – we guarantee a highly interactive and innovative learning experience with a very high learning impact. The programme goes far beyond simply pushing a set of frameworks to the participants in a digital one-way format. Instead, our learning design stimulates them to interact with the digital content – as well as with peers, coaches, tutors and faculty – and to turn that knowledge into action.

Interested in finding out more about our Online MBA programme? Read what our participants have to say.

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Susanne de Laat

Susanne de Laat

Online Programme Manager