University of St. Gallen

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is a public research university located in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Established in 1898, it specialises in business administration, economics, law, and international affairs. In 2020, it had 9,047 students, of which 3,443 were master’s students and 617 doctoral students. It is ranked among the top business universities in the world. Popular rankings place the institution as the best business school in the German speaking world and consistently among the top 1-7 business schools in Europe.

Although one of Switzerland’s smallest universities, HSG has Switzerland’s largest faculty for business administration. It is a member of the CEMS and APSIA and is EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accredited (triple crown). Its campus is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.


2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
FT – European Business School 5th 4th 4th 4th 7th 6th
FT – Master in Management (HSG Program) 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
The Economist – Master in Management 5th 2nd
FT – Master in Management (CEMS Program) N/A* 9th 9th 8th 13th
FT – Master in Finance 8th 10th 6th 6th
FT – Master of Business Administration (MBA) 60th 59th 60th 69th 68th 64th
The Economist – Master of Business Administration (MBA) 92nd 53rd
FT – Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) 46th 45th 55th 44th 47th
FT – Executive Education – Open 38th 28th 28th 24th 26th

*In 2016, CEMS refused to take part in the yearly FT Ranking. The program made its comeback in 2017 at the 9th place.