Top Schools for Business Management

Find out which top schools offer business management programs. Read brief summaries of three high-ranking institutions, as well as an overview of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for business managers.

School Overviews

The three schools featured below include two Ivy League institutions: Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Both Harvard and Dartmouth offer a Master of Business Administration, which is also available at Stanford University. The business schools at all three institutions have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Unique to the individual programs are opportunities to learn about international business, study abroad or work with real-life clients.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Named the 2015 Best Business School by U.S. News & World Report.

The Graduate School of Business' Master of Business Administration (MBA) program emphasizes both foundational theory and wide-spanning issues, such as ethics and globalization. The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources provides a small number of students with the opportunity to study international business within the framework of legal, medical and environmental contexts.

2. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: HBS graduates added over $75,000 to their income compared to their professions prior to earning an MBA through Harvard.

At HBS, MBA students become familiar with the Case Method, a learning-by-doing approach to analyzing real case studies. The MBA program also offers opportunities for academic research and study abroad in various locations, such as Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Paris.

3. Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

School Highlight: Graduates of the MBA program earn over $117,000 a year on average.

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, another Ivy League school on the East Coast, ranked ninth on the U.S. News & World Report list of top business schools in 2015. Tuck offers an MBA program that includes required coursework in corporate finance, global economics and leadership. First-year MBA students work with real-world clients as part of a required project.

Top Business Management Schools

School Name Distinction Location
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 90% of graduates have a job offer by graduation. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania Oldest business college in the U.S., founded in 1881 Philadelphia, PA
University of Virginia Ranked in the top 20 for best Full-Time MBA programs by Bloomberg Business. Charlottesville, VA
Columbia University MBA program offers 10 dual-degree options New York, NY
Northwestern University More than 80 extracurricular clubs run by management students Evanston, IL
University of Chicago The class of 2016 features students from over 50 countries. Chicago, IL
Duke University Cross-continent MBA program Durham, NC

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