Best Business Schools Ranked – MBA

Charging Bull Sculpture near Wall Street in New York, illustrating Graduate Business School Finance Programs

The best graduate Business Schools are geared towards training students in the latest theories and practicalities of business management, finance, operations and all other aspects of the real business world. The top MBA programs are ranked in this list, in other words, the graduate business schools, which award an MBA – Masters in Business Administration, or more advanced doctoral degrees. The most typical path to a graduate business school is to work for a period of time after college, and then enroll in a graduate business program, with some real world business experience first. Many colleges believe this type of experience is a prerequisite to gaining the most from pursuit of a graduate degree.

Ranking the Best (MBA) Business Schools

1University of ChicagoChicagoIL
2Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA
3University of TexasAustinTX
4University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA
5Duke UniversityDurhamNC
6Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA
7Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL
8Harvard UniversityCambridgeMA
9University of WashingtonSeattleWA
10Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN
11Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY
12Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA
13Cornell UniversityIthacaNY
14Yale UniversityNew HavenCT
15Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghPA
16University of FloridaGainesvilleFL
17University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA
18Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX
19University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA
20New York University New YorkNY
21University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMN
24Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN
23Dartmouth CollegeHanoverNH
22University of MichiganAnn ArborMI
25University of GeorgiaAthensGA
26University of TennesseeKnoxvilleTN
28University of AlabamaTuscaloosaAL
27University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
29Rice UniversityHoustonTX
30Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI
31University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA
32The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH
33Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ
34University of California - DavisDavisCA
35University of Notre DameSouth BendIN
36University Of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonWI
37Penn StateUniversity ParkPA
38University of MarylandCollege ParkMD
39Southern Methodist UniversityDallasTX
40Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteIN
41Georgetown UniversityWashington DC
42University of ArizonaTusconAZ
43University of North Carolina - Chapel HillChapel HillNC
44Brigham Young UniversitySalt Lake CityUT
45Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayNJ
46University of Texas at DallasDallasTX
47Iowa State UniversityAmesIA
48Emory UniversityAtlantaGA
49North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC
50University of UtahSalt Lake CityUT
51University of South CarolinaColumbiaSC
52Boston UniversityBostonMA
53Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthTX
54Louisiana State University (LSU)Baton RougeLA
55University of PittsburghPittsburghPA
56Auburn UniversityAuburnAL
57University of OklahomaNormanOK
58Boston CollegeChestnut HillMA
59Clemson UniversityClemsonSC
60Baylor UniversityWacoTX
61-75University of RochesterRochesterNY
61-75University of MiamiCoral GablesFL
61-75University of KentuckyLexingtonKY
61-75University of KansasLawrenceKS
61-75College of William and MaryWilliamsburgVA
61-75Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisMO
61-75University of Massachusetts - AmherstAmherstMA
61-75Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleMS
61-75George Washington UniversityWashington DC
61-75Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL
61-75University of Colorado - BoulderBoulderCO
61-75University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIL
61-75University of MississippiOxford MS
61-75Texas Tech UniversityLubbockTX
76-100University of OregonEugeneOR
76-100Howard UniversityWashingtonDC
76-100University of Central Florida Orlando FL
76-100University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)Las VegasNV
76-100Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgVA
76-100Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterOK
76-100University of ArkansasFayettevilleAR
76-100University of CincinnatiCincinnatiOH
76-100University of California - IrvineIrvineCA
76-100University of ConnecticutStorrsCT
76-100Tulane UniversityNew OrleansLA
76-100University of IowaIowa CityIA
76-100Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS
76-100University of HoustonHoustonTX
76-100University of South FloridaTampaFL
76-100Colorado State UniversityFt. CollinsCO
76-100Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMD
76-100Florida International UniversityMiami FL
76-100Georgia State UniversityAtlantaGA
76-100University at Buffalo - SUNYBuffaloNY
76-100Wayne State UniversityDetroitMI
76-100Pepperdine UniversityMalibuCA
76-100Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY
76-100Fordham UniversityNew YorkNY
76-100University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonTX
76-100Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemNC
76-100Northeastern UniversityBostonMA
76-100Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenNJ
76-100Rensselear Polytechnic InstituteTroyNY
76-100State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY)Binghamton NY
76-100University of Hawaii - ManoaHonoluluHI

More information on our RealRank analyses used in creating this ranking can be found on the About page. The underlined colleges link to our ranking profile specific to that institution. If your college is not profiled as yet, contact us using the contact form.

In analyzing the top Business schools we have applied our RealRankTM methodologies, and also have given a little bit of weight to the undergraduate programs offered in the schools as well. The reason for including undergraduate instruction in a graduate school ranking like this is we believe a more accurate ranking is achieved by looking at the school as a whole, and giving some weight to schools with good all-round programs as opposed to a pure graduate silo program. For example, we have given a small weighting in determining the ranking to rankings for these schools in related majors, such as marketing and accounting.

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What Majors Graduate Business Schools Cover?

The top business colleges typically offer specializations or course concentrations in various aspects of business and finance institutions, or in government economic regulation. Among these areas are:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Quantitative Finance and Financial Modelling
  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Accounting
  • Business Management and Organization
  • Economics
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business and Trade
  • Human Resources
  • Business Analytics
  • Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Statistics.

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