Accreditation & 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 and 2014 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.

Following an announcement of the German Accreditation Council which was looking for innovative ways of Quality Management at Universities, HHL applied with its concept of a holistic approach of sustainable quality assurance and development. By working on combining the international with the national accreditation, HHL plays a pioneer role in Germany’s national accreditation system.


Ranked as a top German business school

HHL is considered one of the leading business schools. The excellence of its programs (M.Sc., MBA, EMBA) has been proven by several rankings, in which the school is frequently ranked among the best.

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 2018

The Financial Times ranked HHL’s full-time M.Sc. Program No. 33 worldwide (#5 for career service and #7 for graduate´s salaries worldwide)(Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2018)

Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2017

The Financial Times ranking of European business schools assesses the combined performance of Europe’s leading schools out of four FT rankings in 2017: Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Management and non-degree Executive Education Programms.

HHL reached position 48 in Europe. Besides HHL is rated among the Top 5 business schools in Germany.

The Economist Masters in Management Ranking 2017

In the global Master in Management Ranking by The Economist, which was issued for the first time, HHL came in #6 worldwide. HHL stands out with the second largest post-program salary ($ 67,659/year) as well as the excellent quality of the program. The top ranks in categories such as “Personal development/education experience”, the “HHL Spirit” as well as “Facilities and services provided by the school to its students” are also very remarkable.

The Economist Full-time MBA Ranking 2018

For the third 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 77th place worldwide and ranks in the top 3 in Germany. The school was rated particularly high for its career services – #1 in Germany – and career prospects: it came in second place in Germany for opening new career opportunities, and #26 worldwide for students receiving job offers within 3 months after graduation.

AméricaEconomía MBA Ranking 2018

HHL has successfully strengthened its position among the top MBA programs. In it’s most prestigious ranking in Latin-America, the business magazine AméricaEconomía ranked HHL’s MBA Program No. 37 worldwide and Top 3 in Germany.

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.


With an exceptional ROI, HHL’s MBA program lies far ahead of its international competitors. HHL graduates are able to pay off their investment in just three years – significantly faster than the global average. Moreover, 19% of HHL graduates start a business, compared to the global average of 4%. The HHL MBA also excelled in terms of diversity, with 40% women and 28 nationalities. Within Europe, HHL was ranked #27 of 74 in terms of Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes.