Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in business administration at many schools across the United States. Explore school options, as well as considerations for selecting the appropriate school for you.
Top Business Schools
The following public and private institutions offer degree programs in business administration:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||$34,268 (graduate)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,704|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,431 (In-state) $38,139 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,856 (In-state) $43,476 (Out-of-state)|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$47,750|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$15,192 (In-state) $44,365 (Out-of-state)|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not for profit||Bachelor's, Master's,||$50,665|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$8,591 (In-state) $33,673 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's,||$9,806 (In-state) $34,676 (Out-of-state)|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||$29,581 (graduate)|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Students interested in business administration programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Programs that integrate concentration areas are important if a student has a specific subject of interest.
- Colleges with a school of business may require applicants to complete a year of general education studies before applying.
- Students should look for programs with internship opportunities, as they are important for both experience and professional networking opportunities.
- The location of a school will directly affect internship opportunities, because students will be limited to companies within reasonable distance of the school.
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
A bachelor's degree in business administration will through either concentration areas, minors or diverse class selections, typically teach students the fundamentals of business theory as well as specific areas of business. Upon graduation, students may seek positions in a multitude of career settings, or they may continue on to graduate school to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which may lead to careers that are more profitable than those typically attainable with a BBA. Programs include core business classes as well as a required number of upper-level business classes.
Interested students can find degree programs in business administration at several private and public institutions throughout the country. When choosing the right school for them, students should consider program concentrations and internship opportunities.