Top accreditations & rankings

Audencia is part of a very select group of schools holding all three international accreditations for business and management education. This is just one way in which our commitment to excellence in teaching is recognised.

We are also internationally recognised for the global careers of our graduates, and we hold top global rankings for our MBA and other specialised programmes. We are highly regarded internationally as well as within Europe and France.


The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) has established highly respected standards for evaluating the quality of management schools through EQUIS accreditation.

Not only are we EQUIS-accredited, but the EQUIS report praises our “impressive development” over the last five years, highlighting our areas of research, internationalisation and continuing education.

Furthermore, it emphasises “the considerable potential of the alliance between Audencia, the École Centrale de Nantes and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes”.

EFMD website


Founded in 1916, AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is the longest-serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide.

Within the AACSB report granting Audencia accreditation, AACSB specifically focused on the excellence of our strategic approach in combining innovation, cooperation and responsibility. It also emphasised our very strong international expansion and ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.

AACSB website


AMBA (Association of MBAs) is the global standard in accreditation for postgraduate business and management programmes: MBAs, DBAs and masters in management.

The 2015 AMBA report notes: “The School’s dedication to its deserved reputation for corporate social responsibility and business ethics, throughout its portfolio, is impressive.”

Association of MBAs website

Conférence des Grandes Ecoles

Audencia is a member of the elite national Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE), which is a non-profit association and prestigious national accreditation body. CGE certifies Mastère Spécialisé (specialised master’s) degrees in order to ensure that programmes meet the needs of businesses.

All of our Mastère Spécialisé programmes are approved by the CGE:

  • Business Development
  • Finance, Risk and Control
  • Collaborative Management for Food Innovation (Oniris – Audencia – ESA Angers – École de Design)
  • Sports Management
  • Management and International Expertise
  • Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing, Design, Creation (Audencia – École Centrale de Nantes)
  • Marketing Strategies in the Digital Age


Financial Times

Ranked 29th in the world for masters in management and 9th for international students: MSc in Management-Engineering (September 2017)

The Euro MBA, a programme run by a consortium of six schools including Audencia, is ranked 12th best online MBA in the world by the Financial Times (March 2017).

Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking


N°2 for the MOS in the Sport Management category

QS World University Rankings 2018 - Masters in Management

  • Global rank - 42nd
  • Alumni outcomes - 16th
  • Diversity - 22nd
  • Employability - 40th

QS World University Rankings 2018 – MBA

  • Joint 46th in Europe
  • Diversity - 22nd in Europe
  • Return on investment – 32nd in Europe (Average ten-year ROI higher than both the global and regional averages)


Ranked 67th in a list of the world’s top MBAs: MBA in Responsible Management

Audencia is one of only four French Grandes Écoles to be ranked by this respected Mexican business magazine

The Economist

Ranked 63rd in the world for the Full-Time MBA, 7th for Student Diversity, 16th for Faculty Quality and 16th for Diversity of Recruiters (October 2017).

Better World MBA ranking

Audencia’s full-time MBA ranked 24th in the world, the EuroMBA ranked 40th – October 2016


The U-Multirank project, financed by the European Union, publishes its global ranking annually to help students, teachers and employers choose between universities in over 90 countries.

Audencia is ranked 15th in the list of best global performers for student mobility.

We also perform well in categories such as:

  • Teaching and learning – three categories out of four ranked as A
  • International orientation – four categories out of six ranked as A

See our full U-Multirank scores

Le Point – 7th (February 2017)

SIGEM – 6th (2017)

L'Etudiant, L'Express - 7th (November 2017)

  • Graduate satisfaction – joint 1st
  • Recommendation by alumni – joint 2nd
  • Proximity to preferred companies – 3rd
  • Best preparation for working life – joint 3rd
  • Best salaries – joint 4th
  • Student excellence – joint 6th
  • Academic excellence – 9th

Le Parisien – joint 9th (May 2017)

Le Figaro Etudiant – 7th (November 2017)