List of Top Graduate Business Schools and Colleges

Jan 29, 2020

Read about some of the top schools in the country to offer graduate programs in business. Look at a list of some of these schools, and learn about three of them in depth to make a more informed decision on your business education.

There are over 500 schools that offer advanced degrees in business, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. However, there are only a few top schools that offer the best possible programs with various concentrations in the field of business.

School Overviews

Business students have a wide variety of choices when it comes to graduate business schools. Three of the top-rated universities in the country, Harvard, Stanford and Columbia, offer numerous graduate degree programs in the field. They are also schools that place among the top ten universities in the nation offering MBA programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Harvard ranked #2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of all national universities.

Harvard University's business school, ranked first on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 list of best business schools in the U.S., offering MBA, Executive Education and doctoral programs in the field. The MBA program is a combination of core business classes and electives such as organization design, globalization, entrepreneurship and green business.

The Executive Education program prepares future leaders for the world of business in a variety of levels, including executive, board and mid-level. Coursework topics include leadership, finance, corporate management, negotiations and operations management.

The school offers eight Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs in a variety of fields such as management, marketing, technology operations and organizational. Students not only have access to Harvard Business School's vast research sources but also have access to MIT and Harvard University facilities.

Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: On its 2017 rankings of all national universities, U.S. News & World Report put Stanford at #5.

Located in California, Stanford University tied for second place on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top business schools in the United States. The university offers not only MBA, Ph.D., and executive education programs in business, but also the accelerated Stanford Sloan Master's Program, which can be earned in less than a year.

Stanford's 2-year MBA program features coursework tailored to the individual. Besides traditional classroom study, students will also participate in learning experiences such as internships, study trips and the simulation of real-life business situations.

The executive program allows students to concentrate in fields such as technology, negotiation, marketing and social innovation. The school matches students to their area of concentration by assessing their career stage and competency levels. The school's Ph.D. program is focused on training students to work in the fields of business academia and research. Concentrations include political economics, operations and technology, economic analysis and marketing.

Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Columbia ranked #10 on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report list of best schools offering graduate business programs.

Graduate students can choose from a number of different graduate degree programs including an Executive MBA, full-time MBA, a Master of Science or a PhD. Available concentrations include leadership, financial economics and marketing. Dual degrees are offered in conjunction with 10 other schools at the university.

Top Graduate Business Schools

Below are a number of additional schools that boast top-ranked graduate business programs.

  • New York University (Stern) right in New York City, offers its business students week-long and semester-long study abroad opportunities in nine countries.
  • The University of California - Berkeley (Haas) is ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top public schools.
  • The University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson) has the UCLA-National University of Singapore, which offers a dual degree graduate program that allows students to spend time in both locations while learning global business skills.
  • The business school at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ross) has over 45,000 alumni in 88 different countries.
  • The University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) in Philadelphia, is ranked #4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the best business graduate schools.
  • The University of Southern California (Marshall), located in Los Angeles, CA, has an MBA program, IBEAR, for mid-career professionals, which is an accelerated program taking one year.
  • The University of Texas - Austin (McCombs) offers a total of six MBA programs, including an evening MBA, a full-time MBA and an Executive MBA at Mexico City program.

Among the most well-known schools that place on the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 top-10 list of institutions that offer graduate programs in business are Harvard, Stanford and Columbia. There are plenty of other schools coast-to-coast that are distinctive and present their own unique opportunities for business graduate students.

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