Top 10 Countries For Business School Candidates

We list the top business school destinations for MBA and masters students, and they tell you why

Choosing where in the world to study at business school is tricky. There are many options out there and each country has its own visa policies and roster of top business schools. So it helps to hear from candidates who’ve done it themselves.

Top Countries For Business School Candidates is our in-depth report into the state of the business school market, which we put together with our partners at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

The report shows the best countries for business school candidates, breaking where business school candidates want to study down by type of program, the citizenship of the candidate, and whether they’re a millennial or Generation Z.

Here, we highlight the top 10 most popular countries from the report as a whole.

And, for each country, we recorded a video blog with an international business school student who tells you why they chose to study there, the pros, and the cons.


Top 10 Most Popular Countries For Business School Candidates


10. Hong Kong*


% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.7%

% change in last 10 years: +1.7%


9. Spain 


% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.8%

% change in last 10 years: +0.8%


8. India


% of candidates who most want to study there: 1.9%

% change in last 10 years: -0.7%


7. Singapore


% of candidates who most want to study there: 2.4%

% change in last 10 years: +0.8%


6. Netherlands


% of candidates who most want to study there: 2.5%

% change in last 10 years: +0.7%



5. Germany


% of candidates who most want to study there: 3.3%

% change in the last 10 years: +2.5%


4. France



% of candidates who most want to study there: 4.8%

% change in the last 10 years: +2.2%


3. Canada


% of candidates who most want to study there: 8.5%

% change in the last 10 years: +4.4%


2. United Kingdom 


% of candidates who most want to study there: 9.5%

% change in last 10 years: +3.3%


1. United States



% of candidates who most want to study there: 52.6%

% change in last 10 years: -15.8%


Check out the full report:


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*Hong Kong is referred to as a country in this report. Officially, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

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