MBA degrees are some of the most commonly offered programs in the country, so it is important to find the right school to receive the best education. Preview the 50 best colleges and universities with exceptional MBA programs.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate business degree offered by many well-ranked colleges and universities across the nation. MBA programs generally require two years of graduate study and include courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and information technology. Top schools with MBA programs, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report include Harvard University in Massachusetts, the University of Chicago in Illinois, and Arizona State University.
Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
|School Highlight: Harvard Business School is in the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings for best programs in entrepreneurship, international studies, marketing, management, finance, nonprofit, and production/operations.|
U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University first in the nation among the best business schools in the country for 2017. The school is over a century old and well-known for offering case-based curriculum and churning out successful graduates. In addition to an intensive 2-year residential MBA program, it also offers more than 60 executive education programs and nine full-time doctoral programs.
University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Illinois
|School Highlight: In addition to the full-time and executive MBA degrees, the Booth School of Business offers joint degrees with the law, medical, social service, and public policy graduate schools.|
For 2017, the Booth School of Business is ranked 2nd in a list of the best business schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1898, the Booth School of Business offers an unrivaled faculty and boasts nearly 50,000 accomplished graduates. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business offers full-time, weekend, and evening business program options, as well as an executive MBA.
Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
|School Highlight: The W.P Carey School of Business schedules classes for full-time students in the mornings, leaving afternoons for career coaching, team meetings and participation in student organizations.|
Arizona State University (ASU) ranks 4th in the nation among business schools in supply chain and logistics education according to U.S. News & World Report's list for 2017. MBA programs at ASU are available as online, full-time, part-time, executive, and custom corporate programs. Concentrations are available in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, marketing, sports business, supply chain management, business analytics, and information management.
Top MBA Programs
Many other successful business schools are also accepting applicants in the United States.
- The #1 MBA for entrepreneurship is located at Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, Massachusetts, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 ranking.
- Full-time MBA students at Boston College select one of 11 areas offered as a specialization. This school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, is ranked 12th nationally for its finance MBA according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list.
- MBA options at Boston University in Massachusetts include an on-campus 2-year MBA, an international field seminar that begins in Boston and ends abroad, a 2-year MS/MBA, a health sector MBA, and a non-profit MBA.
- Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, was ranked 1st among MBAs for the best value, according to the Financial Times in 2016.
- Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, has the Tepper School of Business, which received the #3 ranking nationally for its production/operations MBA and #2 for its information systems MBA. These rankings come from U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list.
- Columbia University's business school in New York is ranked the 10th best business school nationally for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, and 7 of its specialized programs also landed in the top 10 in the U.S.
- Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, the largest Ivy League University, offers 3 full-time MBA formats as well as a Tech MBA, several executive MBA programs, and a dual MBA/FMBA in China.
- At Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire, (ranked as the 8th best business school for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report), students enjoy small study teams, a First-Year Project Course, and 40+ student organizations.
- Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina, offers a Duke Startup Challenge, a Luxury Brand & Retail Club, and research centers for global capital markets and leadership and ethics.
- In Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University's Goizueta Business School reports a 5:1 student-faculty ratio, and the school is ranked 19th for business schools overall and 13th for its part-time MBA for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C., as the 22nd best business school in the nation for 2017. The school's MBA begins with a 3-week intensive Structure of Global Industries course.
- The Princeton Review ranked the classroom experience in Atlanta's Georgia Institute of Technology MBA program as 3rd best in the nation in 2016.
- Mentoring, internships, peer coaching, career coaching, leadership teams, and emerging market experiences are some of the leadership development and career development activities that are scheduled and mapped out alongside the academic work at Indiana University in Bloomington.
- The Sloan School of Management at MIT in Cambridge is ranked 5th among all graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Students can participate in Action Labs or a year-long entrepreneurship contest with $100,000 in prizes.
- Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business (in East Lansing, Michigan) ranked 2nd for supply chain and logistics programs on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list.
- In addition to top 5 U.S. News & World Report rankings for the finance and executive MBA programs, six other specialized MBAs are in the top 10 nationally for 2017 at New York University.
- Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, has 25 specialized centers and 130 student organizations. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report gave the school the #5 ranking for best graduate business schools.
- The Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University in Columbus features Centers of Excellence in 10 areas such as entrepreneurship, global supply chain, real estate, customer insights, the middle market and business performance.
- Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business in University Park is ranked 41st among business schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The same organization ranked the supply chain/logistics specialization #3.
- In their second year, the MBA students at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, participate in a one-semester Experiential Learning Initiative that pairs them with corporations for consulting projects.
- Rice University's Jones School in Houston, Texas, offers the #14 entrepreneurial MBA and the #24 part-time MBA according to U.S. News & World Report's list for 2017. This schools also has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio.
- In 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas, as the 31st best MBA program provider in the United States.
- Stanford University in Stanford, California, holds the #2 spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best business schools. Stanford offers more than 20 specializations at the graduate business level.
- Texas A & M University's Mays Business School in College Station was ranked #31 for best business graduate school by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
- The University of Arizona's Eller College of Management in Tucson was named as the 5th best MBA for the information systems specialization and the 12th best for entrepreneurship, per the 2017 U.S. News & World Report listings.
- University of California in Berkeley has the Haas School of Business MBA program, ranked as the #7 business school for 2017 per U.S. News & World Report. This program includes a 'Problem Finding, Problem Solving' (PFPS) core class and the Applied Innovation set of hands-on courses.
- The University of California in Davis allows students the chance to shadow alumni, study abroad in Chile, Sweden, Brazil, France, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, Mexico, Shanghai, the Netherlands or the United Kingdom, or participate in the precision briefcase brigade.
- The University of California in Los Angeles is not only ranked #15 from U.S. News & World Report for its Anderson School of Management overall for business schools, but the executive MBA, part-time MBA, and nonprofit MBA all received top 10 rankings for 2017.
- US News & World Report ranked the University of Florida in Gainesville's Warrington College of Business Administration for 2017 as the 27th best in the U.S. overall and the 20th best for accounting.
- US News & World Report put the University of Illinois in Champaign at the #4 spot in the nation for their accounting program for 2017.
- The University of Iowa in Iowa City is #30 for part-time MBA according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings.
- The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park was ranked by the Financial Times as the 22nd best MBA program in the nation in 2016.
- According to U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2017, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor tied for 12th nationally for its graduate business program. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business gives students access to global initiatives and 70+ student organizations.
- In addition to the full-time and part-time MBA programs, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities' Carlson School of Management's executive MBA programs are offered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Austria, and China.
- Experiential learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel's Kenan-Flagler Business School falls into nine categories, such as non-profits, capital markets lab, student managed funds, case competitions, global business projects, and sustainability.
- The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business in Notre Dame, Indiana, earned a tie for the #25 business school and #13 ranking for its accounting MBA.
- The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia has the 4th place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list. Students can participate in week-long 'Venture' trips to put leadership skills to work outdoors.
- The University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business in New York is tied for 39th in the country based on U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2017. The school limits full-time MBA graduating classes to about 125 students.
- Full-time MBA students in the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles wrap up their first year of studies with a 10-day Pacific Rim International Management Education (PRIME) field trip experience to companies in the Pacific Rim, Latin America, or Europe.
- The University of Texas at Austin's Austin McCombs School of Business - ranked #16 among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report - offers 14 different MBA specializations and a Venture Fellows internship program.
- The University of Texas at Dallas' Naveen Jindal School of Management (located in Richardson) offers students access to 11 research centers and institutes, such as the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and the Center for Analysis of Property Rights.
- The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has faculty ranked in the top 20th percentile for 24 years running by BusinessWeek, and is the only school with that distinction.
- University of Washington in Seattle reports a 98% placement rate.
- Full-time MBA students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison join a cohort of roughly 130 students and smaller cohorts within the 10 specializations offered, each of which has its own knowledge center.
- Distinctive features at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee, include immersion experiences such as BrandWeek, Health Care Immersion, Real Estate Capstone Project, and International Seminars.
- Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, is home to the Olin Business School, which includes a Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) that pairs student consulting teams with real businesses.
- Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, has the top-ranked non-profit MBA in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 listings.
With so many colleges in the United States offering MBA degrees, it is important to consider as many options as possible. All fifty previewed schools have various distinctions that set them apart from each other, meaning the specializations and other benefits a particular school offers its students are key to choosing the right university to attend.