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
  • 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
  • Actor for the Energy Transition
  • Management of the music industry

Our Master of Science programmes are approved :

  • International Management (IMM)
  • Food and Agribusiness  Management (FAM)
  • Management and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy (MECE)
  • Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM)


Ranking of European Business School

Financial Times

December 2021

Top 50 (7th french business school)

Executive Education
Financial Times

66th for open programmes

73th for customised programmes

CNN Expansión

March 2019

37th - Executive MBA
QS Global EMBA Rankings41st - Executive MBA
Financial Times99th - Executive MBA
MBA Full Time

Better World MBA ranking

1st in France, 32nd in the world

QS World University Rankings 2022 – MBA

Tier 141- 150 (world)

QS world University Rankings 2021 - MBA by Career SpecializationTop 100

The Economist



24th for student diversity

47th for faculty quality

12th for diversity of recruiters

CNN Expansión

March 2019

58th in the world

América Economía


35th in the world
Master in Management

QS World University Rankings 2022 – Masters in Management

Global rank – 49th
Masters in Management 2019 Ranking29th
Masters in Management 2021 Ranking44th
Masters in Management 2021 Ranking20th
Msc in Management-Engineering

Financial Times

October 2019

46th in the world

15th for career service rank

26th in the world for alumni salary

Masters in Finance

QS World University Rankings 2022

Global rank – joint 55th
Masters in Supply Chain Management

QS World University Rankings 2022

Global rank – 16th
Masters in Marketing

QS World University Rankings 2022

Global rank – 21st
Grande Ecole programme

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