Top Schools for Business Management

Find out which top schools offer business management programs. Read brief summaries of four high-ranking institutions, as well as an overview of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs for business managers. View article »

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Business management programs can be commonly found at the master's degree level. Top schools that offer these programs include Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan. The four schools featured include two Ivy League institutions: Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Both Harvard and Dartmouth offer a Master of Business Administration, which is also available at Stanford University. The business schools at all four institutions have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Unique to the individual programs are opportunities to learn about international business, study abroad, or work with real-life clients.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford University was named the nation's 2nd-best business school by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

The Graduate School of Business' Master of Business Administration (MBA) program emphasizes both foundational theory and wide-spanning issues, such as ethics and globalization. The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources provides a small number of students with the opportunity to study international business within the framework of legal, medical, and environmental contexts.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Harvard University was ranked as the 2016 Best Business School by U.S. News & World Report.

At Harvard Business School, MBA students become familiar with the Case Method, a learning-by-doing approach to analyzing real case studies. The MBA program also offers opportunities for academic research and study abroad in various locations, such as Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and Paris.

Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked the school #11 among national universities for 2017.

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, another Ivy League school on the East Coast, ranked 8th on the U.S. News & World Report list of top business schools in 2016. Tuck offers an MBA program that includes required coursework in corporate finance, global economics, and leadership. First-year MBA students work with real-world clients as part of their required project.

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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

School Highlight: 97% of 2015 graduates had a job offer by graduation.

The University of Michigan was ranked as the 12th-best 2016 business school by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers full-time, evening, and weekend MBA programs. The full-time program requires 2 years to complete and allows students to get international experience at 15 partner schools around the world. Students also gain hands-on experience.

Top Business Management Schools

Other top business management schools include:

School Name Location Distinction
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Has the oldest business college in the U.S., which was founded in 1881
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Ranked in the top 20 for best full-time MBA programs by Bloomberg Business
Columbia University New York, NY MBA program offers 10 dual-degree options
Northwestern University Evanston, IL Has more than 100 extracurricular clubs run by management students
University of Chicago Chicago, IL Tied for 2nd on U.S. News & World Report's list of best business schools
Duke University Durham, NC Has a cross-continent MBA program

Students considering a business management program at one of the top-rated schools in the country have many options to consider, including study abroad and work experience opportunities. Other things to consider include dual-degree options and online availability.

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