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Top School for a Degree in Business Administration - Pittsburgh, PA

Many schools in the Pittsburgh area have top ranking business administration programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for business administration, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Students looking to study business administration in Pittsburgh have about ten schools to choose from. These schools include both large and small public and private colleges, all of which are in the city of Pittsburgh. Based upon national rankings, student-faculty ratios, and variety of program options, the following three schools are considered the top three in the area:

  • Winner: Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate business degree options. Carnegie Mellon is ranked in the top ten for its undergraduate business program, in the top 20 for its business school, and is nationally recognized for its research opportunities.
  • Runner Up #1: The University of Pittsburgh also ranks well nationally for both its undergraduate and graduate business programs, as well as overall as a university. The school provides many opportunities for international study, internships, and networking.
  • Runner Up #2: Duquesne University comes in third, ranking well nationally and offering a variety of opportunities for career and leadership training. Providing a wide range of business programs, including some unique fields such as sports marketing and pre-law, Duquesne is known for innovative and streamlined education offerings.

School Comparison Chart

Category Carnegie Mellon University University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Duquesne University
Ranking(s) 8th Best Undergraduate Business Program and 19th Best Business School, nationwide in 2013* 47th Best Undergraduate Business Program and 61st Best Business School, nationwide in 2013* #194 for Best Undergraduate Business Program and #181 for Part-time MBA, nationwide in 2013*
Location Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $45,760 (undergraduate)
$38,614 (graduate)**
$16,590 (undergraduate, in-state)
$26,280 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$20,076 (graduate, in-state)
$32,398 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$30,034 (undergraduate)
$19,044 (graduate)**
Business Administration Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees
Business Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 310** 322** 115**
Most Popular Business Administration Program (2011-2012) MBA (290)** MBA (322)** MBA (115)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for Fall 2006 Entering Class 87%** 79%** 77%**
Noteworthy Nine business research centers Over 30 business-related student organizations and honor societies 10 undergraduate majors and four MBA concentrations

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES

Winner: Carnegie Mellon University

  • Over 100 of the business school's 115 full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees
  • Undergraduate general management track allows students to combine disciplines or create their own track
  • 100% of MBA students seeking summer internships in 2011-2012 obtained one
  • MBA program has an incredibly low student-faculty ratio of just 5:1
  • In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carnegie Mellon #23 for National Universities and #39 for Best Value Schools in the country

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Carnegie Mellon, all students must complete core courses in functional business, economics, and mathematics/computing. In addition, each student must choose a specialized track, such as finance or marketing, and a minor from any field. Outside the classroom, undergraduates can benefit from business-related student organizations, workshops and career fairs, and business student exchanges in Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, and Qatar. Information available on Carnegie Mellon's web site in 2013 stated that the average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $64,665, with employers including JP Morgan Chase, IBM, and Deutsche Bank.

Carnegie Mellon's MBA program is offered three ways: full-time, 'FlexTime' (part-time), and online. The school also offers an Executive MBA program that provides additional knowledge in the areas of finance and management. In 2013, the school noted on its web site that it had over 250 partnerships with businesses seeking to recruit Carnegie Mellon MBA students.

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Runner-Up #1: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

  • International Internship Program (summer 2013 locations included Beijing, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Santiago, and Sao Paulo)
  • College of Business Administration has its own Career Center, offering services that include career counseling, resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, and networking events
  • Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence hosts workshops and seminars, educational programs, and peer-led forums, and hires both undergraduate and graduate interns to shadow consulting professionals
  • Many business student clubs cater to special areas of interest, including fashion, sports, trading, real estate, human resources, finance, marketing, and international business
  • Ranked #21 for Top Public Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on its 2014 list

The bachelor's degree program requires the completion of 120 credit hours in four main areas: arts and sciences, business core, major field, and electives. Students choose one of seven majors, which include accounting, business information systems, finance, global management, human resources management, marketing, and supply chain management. On top of their primary program of study, students may also choose to pursue one of three business certificates, or one of two dual degree options.

The MBA program is offered full-time (one or two years) or part-time. The six areas of concentration include finance, management of information systems, marketing, operations, human resources management, and strategy. There's also an Executive MBA program and six dual/joint degree opportunities in areas like law and engineering. Consulting field projects give students the opportunity to complete real consulting work for real businesses.

Runner-Up #2: Duquesne University

  • Business college is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an accreditation conferred on less than 5% of business schools worldwide
  • 22 business-related student organizations
  • Four business centers provide education and professional development in areas that include leadership, ethics, investments, small business development, and international business regulations
  • MBA program has four concentrations, four dual degree options, and a one-year degree program in sustainability
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Duquesne at #121 for National Universities and #45 for Best Value Schools on its 2014 lists

Duquesne's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program offers the most majors of the top three schools, including unique areas like legal studies (pre-law) and sport marketing. In addition to core business classes and a major area of study, undergraduates must also complete a course in service learning, which involves volunteering in the local community. The school's Career Services Center provides a number of services exclusively to business students, such as video training programs and corporate video conferencing (which involves interviewing with potential employers anywhere in the world without leaving Duquesne's campus).

The MBA program requires the completion of 42-45 credit hours, the majority of which are core business courses. Students will also participate in industry seminars with options including health care management, financial services, energy, and manufacturing. In order to graduate, MBA students must complete a capstone project, such as a practicum or consulting project, and a student portfolio showcasing their work.

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