Accreditations and Rankings


Quality Management at HHL

The quality management of HHL is based on the schools mission and takes into account the specific culture of a rather small and very personal university. The quality cycle Plan-Do-Check-Act is the foundation for the continuous improvement of the study programs.

HHL was the first private Business School in the German-speaking region to be accredited by AACSB International in 2004. Since then, HHL was successfully reaccredited in 2009, 2014 and 2019 under the new standards. AACSB puts a special focus on the continuous improvement and mission of the school.

All of HHL’s study programs are nationally accredited by ACQUIN e.V.

Business School Ranking

Ranked as a top German business school

HHL is considered one of the leading business schools. The excellence of its programs (Master in Management, MBA, EMBA) has been proven by several rankings, in which the school is frequently ranked among the best. HHL’s Business School ranking at a glance:

The Economist Masters in Management Ranking 2019

Economist-Ranking: Master of HHL scores with starting salary of graduates and program quality

In the global Master in Management Ranking 2019 of the Economist, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management stands out with the second highest starting salary of its graduates worldwide (77,236 $).  HHL also received top rankings in the categories “Range of and access to overseas study programs” (#1), “Program content” (#2), “Facilities and other services” (#4) and “Alumni network” (#5), evaluated by HHL students and alumni.

The Economist Masters in Management Ranking, in which HHL ranks 14th worldwide, comprises 40 international business schools. In Germany, HHL ranks among the top 3. The results of the survey of university graduates and students as well as the university’s own data are included in the evaluation. Assessment criteria include career opportunities, personality development/learning experience, salary post MiM and network potential.


Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal Ranking 2019

The full-time M.Sc. study program of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is #1 in Europe and Germany, and #2 globally, according to “THE Ranking”.

HHL took part in this advanced and special ranking of Times Higher Education (THE) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which scored four essential dimensions of Master in Management programs with extended criteria during an evaluation period of more than one year. HHL’s leading position is primarily based on factors like salary difference, social good or entrepreneurship, and the factor engagement regarding e.g. real-world relevance or interaction between teachers and students. Also, the university environment counted by internationality and diversity. THE and WSJ surveyed the alumni of 2012, 2013 and 2015 in addition to direct information and figures from the faculties.

HHL Among the World’s Best

Startup Radar 2018

_Stifterverband once again honors the excellent entrepreneurial culture at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

_2018 Startup Radar available at

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management received continued recognition as a one of the best places for aspiring entrepreneurs in Germany. Occupying the top spot for the previous rankings in 2012, 2013 and 2016, HHL maintained its first-rate rank among the small universities in the Startup Radar ranking published by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Founder’s Association for German Science), which encompasses all German business schools and universities with up to 5,000 students.

Best Entrepreneurial University

trendence Graduate Barometer 2018

Students vote: HHL is Germany’s favorite business school.
(Graduate Barometer 2018, trendence)

The 2018 trendence Graduate Barometer attests to HHL’s leading role in Germany regarding:

  • Jobs and digital learning
  • Internationality of the program
  • Quality and service of the counseling
  • Quality and topicality of the library
  • University location

Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2020

The Financial Times ranked HHL’s full-time M.Sc. Program No. 23 worldwide and #2 in Germany (#7 for career service and #7 for graduate´s salaries worldwide / #3 in Europe). (Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2020)

Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2019

The Financial Times ranking of European business schools assesses the combined performance of Europe’s leading schools out of four FT rankings in 2019: Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Management and non-degree Executive Education Programs.

HHL reached position 57 in Europe. Besides HHL is rated among the Top 5 business schools in Germany. The full-time M.Sc program is ranked 20 in Europe.

The Economist Full-time MBA Ranking 2019

For the 4th time in a row, HHL secured its place in the top 100 global MBA ranking by the Economist. HHL’s full-time MBA program came in 81st place worldwide and ranks in the top 5 in Germany. The school was rated particularly high for its career services – #1 in Germany and #4 in Europe – and career prospects: it came in second place in Germany (#9 in Europe) for opening new career opportunities.

AméricaEconomía MBA Ranking 2020

HHL has once again successfully demonstrated its position among the top MBA programs. In its most prestigious ranking in Latin-America, the business magazine América Economía ranked HHL’s MBA Program in the top 60 worldwide, highlighting HHL’s special strong suits in innovation and international experience. The HHL MBA program shares 1st place worldwide in internationality of students, and is ranked number 2 in Germany (top 10 in Europe) when it comes to innovation.

CNN Expansión Ranking 2017

CNN Expansión has released its 2017 rankings of full-time MBA programs, and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is listed #64 worldwide and is again #1 in Germany regarding value for money. Remarkably is the internationality of the MBA class at HHL with the highest number of Latin-American students coming from six different South-American countries.

Ivy Exec Ranking 2017

HHL ranks #14 for the best Executive MBA programs worldwide in the Ivy Exec Ranking 2017.


In the just published QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 HHL stands out with is exceptional ROI. Our graduates are able to repay their investment in just 3.4 years and the 10-year average return on investment is USD 403,626. Additionally, HHL MBA graduates enter the job market very rapidly – the employment rate score (students employed 3 months after graduation) is 89%, which is significantly higher than the average. The MBA that pays off!

QS Masters in Management Ranking 2021

In the QS Masters in Management Ranking 2021 HHL achieved # 8 worldwide in the category „Value for Money“. Our graduates are able to repay their investment in just 2 years and the 10-year average return on investment is USD 694,078. Additionally, HHL Master in Management graduates enter the job market very rapidly – the employment rate score (students employed 3 months after graduation) is 96%, which is significantly higher than the average. An investment that pays off!