Best Business Graduate Schools

Review the rankings for three top business schools, and explore the graduate programs available through each school. Find out what to look for in a good business school. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top Business Graduate School?

You may want to consider schools that are ranked by organizations like U.S. News & World Report or Princeton Review. You might enroll in a program that focuses on a particular area of business that interests you, like marketing or operations management. You may also want to take into account whether faculty members have received recognition for their accomplishments in the field. Learn all you can about alumni and the job placement rate after graduation, including any internship opportunities or networking events a school offers.

What are Three Top Business Graduate Schools?

Harvard University in Boston, MA

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University number two among national universities. During the same year, the university's business school was ranked third for its graduate business program. Faculty members have published articles in 'Harvard Business Review,' and many have received awards, including excellence in teaching.

Student services include fellowship programs, campus conferences, career fairs, recruitment assistance and access to the Baker Library. In addition to master's and doctoral programs, Harvard Business School offers joint degree programs in collaboration with Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Kennedy School. Available graduate business programs include:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • DBA in in Marketing
  • DBA in Accounting and Management
  • DBA in Management
  • DBA in Strategy
  • DBA in Technology and Operations Management
  • Ph.D. in Business Economics
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior
  • Ph.D. in Health Policy Management

University of Chicago (UC) in Chicago, IL

U.S. News & World Report ranked UC third among national universities in 2019. During the same year, UC's Booth School of Business was ranked second among graduate schools offering business programs.

Student services at UC include career development planning, a career resources center and on-campus job recruiting fairs. Booth offers a full-time MBA, evening MBA, weekend MBA and Executive MBA program. MBA specializations include entrepreneurship, human resource management and international business. You might pursue one of the following degrees:

  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Ph.D. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Econometrics and Statistics
  • Ph.D. in Finance
  • Ph.D. in Managerial and Organizational Behavior
  • Ph.D. in Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Organizations and Markets
  • Ph.D. in Management Science/Operations Management

New York University (NYU) in New York, NY

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU's Stern School of Business 12th for its graduate business program. Student career services include recruiting, interview and resume preparation, career counseling and access to the school's alumni network.

Stern School of Business has one of the largest faculties among business schools. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Stern faculty members. Qualified students can receive teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships and doctoral fellowships.

Specializations are available in Stern's MBA program, including banking, business analytics and product management. The TRIUM Global Executive MBA is jointly awarded by the Stern School of Business, the HEC School of Management, Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Possible degrees include:

  • M.S. in Accounting
  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Ph.D. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Finance
  • Ph.D. in Economics
  • Ph.D. in Statistics
  • Ph.D. in Information Systems
  • Ph.D. in Management
  • Ph.D. in Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Operations

Ten Top Business Graduate Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Stanford University4-year, Private, not-for-profitStanford, CT$51,000
Harvard University4-year, Private, not-for-profitBoston, MA$47,000
University of Pennsylvania4-year, PublicPhiladelphia, PA$39,000
University of Chicago4-year, Private, not-for-profitChicago, IL$59,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4-year, Private, not-for-profitCambridge, MA$55,000
Northwestern University4-year, Private, not-for-profitEvanston, IL$55,000
University of California4-year, PublicBerkeley, CA$14,000
Columbia University4-year, Private, not-for-profitNew York, NY$48,000
Dartmouth College4-year, Private, not-for-profitHanover, NH$54,000
University of Virginia4-year, PublicCharlottesville, VA$19,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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