Top Ranked School for an MBA Degree Program - Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH, has seven schools with MBA programs. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings, and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

There are five public and private non-profit schools within 25 miles of the downtown Cleveland area that offer MBA programs. Based on rankings, program options, and graduation rate, the following three schools are the top schools in the area for an MBA:

  • Winner: Case Western Reserve University is a not-for-profit 4-year private school. Its undergraduate business school is in the top 40 of the country, and its graduate business school is among the top 55. The school has multiple degree options.
  • Runner Up #1: John Carroll University is a 4-year private school. The school is a top 10 regional university for the Midwest. It houses a well-ranked part-time MBA program, as well as several specialization options within its MBA program.
  • Runner Up #2: Baldwin-Wallace University is a 4-year private school ranked just outside of the top 10 Midwest universities. The school has a number of business student organizations that help students expand their horizons beyond the required academics.

School Comparison Chart

Category Case Western Reserve University John Carroll University Baldwin-Wallace University
Rankings (2013) Part-time MBA program ranked #30,
Undergraduate business program ranked #31,
Ranked # 36 in 'Best Value Schools (Midwest),'
Ranked #37 in 'National Universities,'
Graduate business school ranked #52 among nationally universities*
Ranked #6 in 'Best Value Schools (Midwest),'
Ranked # 7 in 'Regional Universities (Midwest),'
Part-time MBA program ranked #125*
Ranked #13 in 'Best Value Schools (Midwest),'
Ranked #16 in 'Regional Universities (Midwest),'
Graduate online business program ranked #78 in 2013*
Location Cleveland, OH University Heights, OH (6.2 miles from Cleveland) Berea, OH (13.6 miles from Cleveland)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Graduate Tuition $21,990 (per semester for full-time MBA program in 2013-2013)*** $855 (per credit hour in 2012-2013)*** $865 (per credit hour for MBA program in 2013-2014)***
MBA Program Levels Offered Master's degrees Combined bachelor's/master's degrees,
Master's degrees
Master's degrees
Most Popular MBA Program (2011-2012) Master of Business Administration (168 awarded**) Master of Business Administration (84 awarded**) Master of Business Administration (95 awarded**)
MBA Degrees Awarded (2011-2012) 168** 84** 95**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 78%** 71%** 70%**
Noteworthy 86% of MBA students in class of 2012 were employed within three months of graduating*** Ranked 10th in CPA exam pass rates among 260 medium-sized schools*** Hosts the Institute for Sustainable Business Practice with a wind turbine and five geothermal fields***

Sources: *US News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites.

Winner: Case Western Reserve University

  • Weatherhead School of Management offers 14 student organizations, including the Entrepreneurship Club, the Marketing and Strategy Club, the Finance and Investment Club, and Weatherhead Women in Business
  • Lower-than-average student-faculty ratio of 9:1, according to NCES

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) offers part-time, full-time, executive, and global MBA programs. The full-time program is a 4-semester, 60-credit program, and the part-time program is a 48-credit program that takes three years to complete. An Executive MBA (EMBA) program is also offered for professionals looking to gain senior leadership positions. The Global MBA program brings together students from China, India, and the US to learn about the global marketplace. Students spend a semester in Shanghai at Tongji University's School of Economics and Management, a semester in Jamshedpur at Xavier School of Management, and a semester at CWRU.

Runner-Up #1: John Carroll University

  • Has 10 business-oriented organizations, including Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society
  • The Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility offers internships at non-profits and brings in business speakers
  • Acceptance rate for undergraduates was 81% in 2012, according to NCES

John Carroll University (JCU) offers a 5th year MBA program, through which students can earn an MBA by completing a 4-year undergraduate program and an additional year of graduate-level coursework. A part-time, self-paced MBA program designed for working professionals is also offered. MBA students have the opportunity to take a 2-week international course in London, and other international study abroad options are also available. Additionally, business students can travel to countries like Honduras, Mexico, and Costa Rica to work with under-privileged children, and all students work with local charity organizations during Boler Community Day.

Runner-Up #2: Baldwin-Wallace University

  • Clubs include MBA Association, Accounting Association, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Investment Club
  • Has a chapter of Enactus, a global non-profit organization that allows students to participate in global and community outreach programs
  • Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) offers networking opportunities and teaches entrepreneurship strategies

Baldwin-Wallace University (BWU) offers MBA programs in eight fields, some of which include management, human resources, accounting, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. The MBA-Management program is offered as an online-classroom hybrid that meets on-campus only seven weekends during the 6-semester program. Students who have completed 30 MBA credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 can become lifelong members of the Business Honor Society. In addition, students can gain experience by working at the Business Clinic, helping real businesses and non-profits develop strategies, or the Tax Clinic, where they can earn academic credits for preparing tax returns.

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