Top 50 MBA Programs in the Nation

Find out which top-ranked schools in America offer Master of Business Administration degree programs. Get details about schools, program options and ranking information. Keep reading for a list of well-regarded schools that also offer this program.

School Information

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate business degree offered by many well-ranked colleges and universities across the nation. MBA programs generally require two years of graduate study and include courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management and information technology. Top schools with MBA programs include Harvard University in Massachusetts and the University of Chicago in Illinois.

Top Fifty U.S. MBA Programs

1. Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University first in the nation among the best business schools in the country in 2009. In 2008, Harvard Business School was ranked second in the nation in Business Week's list of the top business schools in the U.S. The school is over a century old and well-known for offering case-based curriculum and churning out successful graduates. In addition to an intensive 2-year residential MBA program, it also offers more than 60 executive education programs and nine full-time doctoral programs.

2. University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Illinois

In 2008, the Booth School of Business was named the country's top business school by Business Week based on a number of factors, including academic rigor, recruiter relationships and dedication to excellence. In 2009, it also ranked fifth in a list of the best business schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which examined 426 MBA programs to compile the results. Founded in 1898, the Booth School of Business offers an unrivaled faculty and boasts nearly 43,000 accomplished graduates. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business offers full-time, weekend and evening business program options, as well as an executive MBA.

List of Highly Ranked Schools with MBA Programs in the U.S.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Arizona State UniversityThe W.P Carey School of Business schedules classes for full-time students in the mornings, leaving afternoons for career coaching, team meetings and participation in student organizations Tempe, AZ
Babson CollegeThe #1 MBA for entrepreneurship is located at Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business (U.S. News & World Report 2014) Wellesley, MA
Boston CollegeFull-time MBA students at Boston College select one of 11 areas offered as a specialization; the school is ranked 15th nationally for its finance MBA according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston UniversityMBA options at BU include an on-campus 2-year MBA, an international field seminar that begins in Boston and ends abroad, a 2-year MS/MBA, a health sector MBA and a non-profit MBA Boston, MA
Brigham Young UniversityBYU was ranked first among MBAs for the categories of accountancy teaching and human resources teaching, according to the Financial Times in 2012 Provo, UT
Carnegie Mellon UniversityThis school's Tepper School of Business received the #2 ranking nationally for its production/operations MBA and for its information systems MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2014) Pittsburgh, PA
Columbia UniversityColumbia's business school is ranked 5th nationally in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, and 7 of its specialized programs also landed in the top 10 in the U.S. New York, NY
Cornell UniversityCornell, the largest Ivy League University, offers 3 full-time MBA formats as well as a Tech MBA, several executive MBA programs and a dual MBA/FMBA in China Ithaca, NY
Dartmouth College At the 9th-ranked Tuck School of Business (per U.S. News & World Report for 2014), students enjoy small study teams, a First-Year Project Course and 40+ student organizations Hanover, NH
Duke UniversityDuke's Fuqua School of Business offers a Duke Startup Challenge, a Luxury Brand & Retail Club, and research centers for global capital markets and leadership and ethics Durham, NC
Emory UniversityEmory's Goizueta Business School reports a 5:1 student-faculty ratio, and the school is ranked 20th for business schools overall and 11th for its part-time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2014) Atlanta, GA
Georgetown UniversityU.S. News & World Report ranked Georgetown as the 23rd best business school in the nation; the school's MBA begins with a 3-week intensive Structure of Global Industries course Washington, DC
Georgia Institute of TechnologyPrinceton Review ranked the classroom experience in this school's MBA program as 9th best in the nation Atlanta, GA
Harvard UniversityHarvard Business School is in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings for best programs in entrepreneurship, international studies, marketing, management, finance, nonprofit and production/operations Boston, MA
Indiana University - BloomingtonMentoring, internships, peer coaching, career coaching, leadership teams and emerging market experiences are some of the leadership development and career development activities that are scheduled and mapped out alongside the academic work Bloomington, IN
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Sloan School of Management at MIT is ranked 5th among all graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report; students can participate in Action Labs or a year-long entrepreneurship contest with $100,000 in prizes Cambridge, MA
Michigan State UniversityIn 2014 Forbes found graduates of the Eli Broad College of Business MBA program to be the 4th most satisfied in the nation East Lansing, MI
New York University In addition to top 5 U.S. News & World Report rankings for the finance and part-time MBA programs, six other specialized MBAs and the business school as a whole are in the top 10 nationally in 2014 New York, NY
Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern's Kellogg School of Management has 25 specialized centers and 130 student organizations; U.S. News & World Report gave the school the #6 ranking in 2014 for best graduate business schools Evanston, IL
The Ohio State UniversityThe Fisher College of Business at Ohio State features Centers of Excellence in 10 areas such as entrepreneurship, global supply chain, real estate, customer insights, the middle market and business performance Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Penn State's Smeal College of Business is ranked 41st as compared to other business schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2014; the same organization ranked the supply chain specialization #6 University Park, PA
Purdue University - Main CampusIn their second year, Purdue's MBA students participate in a one-semester Experiential Learning Initiative that pairs them with corporations for consulting projects West Lafayette, IN
Rice UniversityRice's Jones School offers the #13 entrepreneurial MBA and the #18 part-time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2014) as well as a 9:1 student-faculty ratio Houston, TX
Southern Methodist UniversityIn 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the Cox School of Business' Executive MBA and Professional MBA's as the third-best in the world Dallas, TX
Stanford UniversityTied for the #1 spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of best business schools, Stanford offers more than 20 specializations at the graduate business level Stanford, CA
Texas A & M UniversityThis school's Mays Business School was ranked #1 best value for the money of all U.S. schools and #11 for 'aims achieved' in 2014 by the Financial Times College Station, TX
University of Arizona The Eller College of Management was named the fifth-best MBA for the information systems specialization and the eleventh-best for entrepreneurship, per the 2014 U.S. News & World Report listings Tucson, AZ
University of California, BerkeleyThe Haas School of Business MBA program - the #7 business school in 2014 per U.S. News & World Report - includes a 'Problem Finding, Problem Solving' (PFPS) core class and the Applied Innovation set of hands-on courses Berkeley, CA
University of California, DavisOptions for students include the chance to shadow alumni, study abroad in Chile, Sweden, Brazil, France, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, Mexico, Shanghai, the Netherlands or the United Kingdom, or participate in the precision briefcase brigade Davis, CA
University of California, Los AngelesIn addition to a #14 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for its Anderson School of Management overall, the executive MBA, part-time MBA and finance MBA all received top 10 rankings in 2014 Los Angeles, CA
University of ChicagoIn addition to the full-time and executive MBA degrees, the Booth School of Business offers joint degrees with the law, medical, social service and public policy graduate schools Chicago, IL
University of Florida In 2014 The Economist ranked the faculty at this university's Warrington College of Business Administration as the 7th best in the U.S. overall and 4th best as compared to other public universities Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana - ChampaignBusinessWeek put the University of Illinois' at the #3 spot in the nation for the amount of time it took - 3.4 years - to recoup the cost of earning the MBA Champaign, IL
University of IowaForbes put the University of Iowa at the #4 spot for fastest payback in 2013, and U.S. News & World Report gave it a #6 ranking for best value that same year Iowa City, IA
University of Maryland - College ParkThe Financial Time put the MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at #24 in the nation in 2013 College Park, MD
University of Michigan Ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 for its graduate business program, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business gives students access to global initiatives and 70+ student organizations Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesIn addition to the full-time and part-time MBA programs, the Carlson School of Management's executive MBA programs are ranked 24th nationally by Bloomberg and are offered in Minnesota, Austria and China Minneapolis, MN
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillExperiential learning at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School falls into nine categories such as non-profits, capital markets lab, student managed funds, case competitions, global business projects and sustainability Chapel Hill, NC
University of Notre DameNotre Dame's Mendoza College of Business earned a #23 national ranking for the school and a #12 ranking for its accounting MBANotre Dame, IN
University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School of Business is tied for the first place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list; students can participate in weeklong 'Venture' trips to put leadership skills to work outdoors Philadelphia, PA
University of Rochester The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business is ranked 37th in the country (2014 U.S. News & World Report); the school limits full-time MBA graduating classes to about 165 students Rochester, NY
University of Southern CaliforniaFull-time MBA students in USC's Marshall School of Business wrap up their first year of studies with a 10-day Pacific Rim International Management Education (PRIME) field trip experience to companies in the Pacific Rim, Latin America or Europe Los Angeles, CA
University of Texas at AustinThe Austin McCombs School of Business - ranked #15 among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report - offers 14 different MBA specializations and a Venture Fellows internship program Austin, TX
University of Texas at DallasThe Naveen Jindal School of Management offers students access to 11 research centers and institutes, such as the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and the Center for Analysis of Property Rights Richardson, TX
University of VirginiaThe Darden School of Business faculty, ranked #1 by Financial Times (2011) and Princeton Review (2010), is the only one that has been ranked in the top 20th percentile for 24 years running by BusinessWeek Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington This school reports a 96% placement rate, and the school is the 25th best business school in the nation, per U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - MadisonFull-time MBA students at UW-Madison join a cohort of roughy 130 students and smaller cohorts within the 10 specializations offered, each of which has its own knowledge center Madison, WI
Vanderbilt UniversityDistinctive features at Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management include immersion experiences such as BrandWeek, Health Care Immersion, Real Estate Capstone Project and International Seminars Nashville, TN
Washington University - St. LouisThe Olin Business School includes a Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) that pairs student consulting teams with real businesses St. Louis, MO
Yale UniversityYale has the top-ranked non-profit MBA in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 listings New Haven, CT

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