Accreditation and ranking

Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons



European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) is the leading international system of Quality Assessment, Quality Improvement and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions in management and business administration. The EQUIS Scheme has been designed by EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development, with special focus on all the activities of business schools that aim to meet international standards of quality. The fundamental objective of EQUIS is to raise the quality of management education worldwide. EQUIS gather 182 institutions world-wide in about 40 countries.

LSM has been EQUIS accredited since 2006, and recently received a five-year accreditation.

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CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education – has been ranked number 8 out of 134 schools globally in the QS Masters in Management rankings 2019.

Our CEMS Masters in International Management programme (MIM) was ranked 8th in the Master in Management Rankings by The Economist in 2019.

Our CEMS Masters in International Management programme (MIM) was ranked 8th worldwide in 2019 by Financial Times (up from 9th in 2018).
The most international Master’s in Management in the world, taken by the largest international cohort.


The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations Global Compact supported initiative with the mission to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) become signatory to the Six Principles of PRME, which are inspired by internationally accepted values and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research. PRME seeks to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

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The LSM has the honor of being ranked as one of the 50 best business schools worldwide, and 1st in Belgium, continuously 2009-2020. LSM is also the only Belgian management school with the highest rank (5 Palmes of Excellence, “Strong Global Influence”).

Rankings for the Louvain School of Management programmes 2020:

  • CPME is 3rd worldwide, 1st in Belgium, in the Entrepreneurship category;
  • Master in International Business is 3rd in Western Europe, 1st in Belgium, in the International Management category;
  • Master in Management (GEST2M) is 3rd in Western Europe, 1st in Belgium, in the General Management category.

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The Financial Times ranked the Louvain School of Management’s CEMS Master in International Management programme as Belgium’s No. 1 management master, and 8th in the world in 2019.


Le CFA Institute délivre la certification de Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®), un des titres de référence mondialement reconnu dans le domaine de la finance. L’objectif du CFA Institute est de développer l’excellence professionnelle et le comportement éthique dans la communauté financière.


LSM is part of PIM (Partnership in International Management). PIM is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded in 1973. Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management. PIM facilitates the development of international cooperation among members, fostering the development of joint programs, students and faculty exchange, joint research and cooperation among faculty members and researchers.