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Rankings and Accreditations



IAE Aix-Marseille is proud to be among the 20 EQUIS-accredited business schools in France and to be part of the even smaller group of 15 schools reaccredited for another five years in 2018, alongside HEC Paris, ESSEC, and ESCP Europe.

Of the 15,000 business schools around the world, only 150 are EQUIS-accredited. IAE Aix-Marseille is thus part of an elite group of schools in the field of management.

EQUIS accreditation recognizes IAE Aix-Marseille’s place among the best business schools in the world and confirms it as a center of excellence on the international market of management education. EQUIS accreditation guarantees IAE Aix-Marseille’s academic and pedagogical excellence.

IAE Aix-Marseille was one of the pioneer schools of EQUIS accreditation. In 1999, it was one of the very first management schools in France (public and private) to achieve the prestigious EQUIS accreditation.

  • About EQUIS

    EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) is awarded by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), a Brussels-based organization. The purpose of this association is to promote information, research and best practices in management.
    It has almost 900 members, schools, companies and public services in more than 80 countries.

    Schools applying for the label are audited by an international committee that examines them on :

    • their programs
    • their research activities
    • their ability to prepare students for their professional insertion,
    • their distance learning,
    • their continuing education,
    • their internationalization,
    • their social responsibility...

    Two committees are involved in the accreditation process

    • the EQUIS Committee, which develops the criteria, policy and procedure for labelling and establishes the admissibility of applications for accreditation ;
    • the independent EQUIS Accreditation Board, which is the accreditation body itself.

    All schools are required to complete extensive reports and undergo several audits, and a team of auditors composed of professors and deans from international business schools prepares a visit report and recommendations. The EQUIS Accreditation Board then makes the final decision on whether or not to award the label.

    EQUIS awards the label for a period of three or five years, depending on the strength of the guarantees provided. The label is awarded to institutions that ensure a high level of academic quality, close relations with the business world and a solid research potential. All these activities must have a strong international dimension.

    The high standards of the EQUIS standard guarantee the best in management education. By entering an EQUIS accredited school, the student is assured of finding a large number of high-level teachers, renowned university partners and access to the largest companies.



IAE Aix-Marseille confirms its place in the top 15 French schools in management: IAE Aix-Marseille is ranked 13th among the best French “grandes écoles” for best Masters in Management in the world published by the Financial Times in September 2021. It ranks 60th among 100 international academic institutions.

IAE Aix-Marseille is still number one for value for money in France: What distinguishes IAE Aix-Marseille is its MSc in Management which allows the greatest number of people to access excellent training. According to the Financial Times, this degree offers the best value for money of all French schools and covers a range of student specializations. The school is ranked 25th in the world on the value-for-money criterion.

IAE Aix-Marseille is the only university school of management in France ranked by the Financial Times.

That it has remained in the rankings for 15 years reflects a very solid reputation around the world.

These results echo the pedagogical model that IAE Aix-Marseille has developed to put its students’ academic progress, teaching through research, company relationships, and respect for diversity at the forefront of its activities.

IAE Aix-Marseille takes great pride in this ranking. It is a university school of management imbued with values and devoted to training responsible managers in the service of humanistic leadership. This recognition is the result of a great collective effort the school's teams put into supporting and developing students throughout their courses. It also testifies to the success of university schools of management within the IAE France network. They constitute a public space that has been able to combine equal opportunities with a social elevator role in a competitive environment.

Antonin Ricard, Dean of IAE