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What Are the Best MBA Schools in the U.S.?

Many people seeking upper-management positions in business pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Many top colleges and universities throughout the United States offer MBA programs. Read on for more information about the best MBA schools in the U.S.

Best MBA Schools in the U.S.

The best MBA schools in the U.S. are colleges and universities that place highly in many national college rankings. The schools listed below ranked among the country's 10 best business schools in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Important Facts about MBA programs

Prerequisites Bachelor's degree in business or a related field
Common Courses Finance, marketing, entrepreneurial management
Joint Degree Programs Schools may offer joint programs with JD, MD or MA in Education degrees
Possible Careers Business consultant, general management, financial planner
Median Salary (2018)$127,990 (for financial managers)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026)19% growth (for financial managers)*

Source:*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Harvard University

Harvard University's top-ranked MBA program is offered through the Harvard Business School in Boston. Students take several core courses in their first year, including Harvard's Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) program. A maximum of five elective courses in more concentrated areas can be taken each semester of the second year, which is composed entirely of electives.

Stanford University

The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California offers a two-year MBA program. Foundation courses in general management are highlighted during the first year. Seminars and electives compose the second year of this MBA program.

Northwestern University

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois offers a one-year and a two-year MBA program. Students enrolled in the accelerated one-year MBA programs must complete 15.5 course units in four quarters. Those enrolled in the two-year MBA program must be enrolled full time for six quarters, complete nine core courses, and meet a minimum required 20.5 course units (in the event that course waivers are used for part of the program).

University of Pennsylvania

The MBA program at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is consistently one of the country's top ranked business schools. The program's pre-term session takes place in an off-campus retreat. The first year curriculum consists of fundamental and foundational courses in business, leadership, and management. Students choose from 18 majors and/or 200 electives in the second year.