As you enter into a new era of changing businesses and creative entrepreneurs, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) may be your ticket to joining an exciting, dynamic company or starting your own profitable business.
Several American business schools dominate the top rankings for MBA programs; and this year, you can find several universities whose business schools have consistently led students to promising careers and professions.
Below we have compiled a list of top-ranking MBA programs in the U.S. that you should know about. These schools will appeal to many ambitious, hard-working students from all over the world who are also hoping to advance their job prospects. We encourage you to take a look at these programs and decide on a suitable management graduate course. This list is taken as a combination of both the Financial Times rankings and the U.S. News Rankings
1. Wharton School of Business - University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of Business is a legendary program, known for leading several of its MBA graduates to promising, well-paying careers.
Wharton has comfortably rested at the top of this most rankings for many years, due to the proportion of MBA graduates who, after graduating, have since received competitive salaries at their current positions. So, this school has a consistent record of producing well-prepared graduates for exciting and successful careers, and might be where you envision yourself in the future.
2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
Located in close proximity to Silicon Valley, the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) affords its students unique access to exciting industries and companies who are always looking for strong, ambitious candidates.
In the Stanford GSB students can also undertake various ‘joint or dual degree’ programs, combining their studies with several other disciplines throughout nearly every graduate institute at Stanford, including the Law School and School of Medicine.
3. Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley
Just like Stanford, the Haas School of Business is also situated quite close to Silicon Valley and rests amid a major hub of businesses, including tech start-ups and major corporations. The Haas school gives MBA students direct contact with the neighboring businesses, utilizing their Haas@Work program; in this program, students are asked to join local and international businesses and work on projects with these companies in order to receive course credit.
4. Sloan School of Management - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Sloan School has garnered a lot of interest from prospective MBA students in recent years. This enthusiasm may be due to school’s interest in broadening their students’ engagement with global businesses and management. Several of their students pursue programs abroad, travelling all over the world for projects pertaining to business management and administration.
5. Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University
For many students, the advantage of going to the Kellogg school is that it offers part-time MBA programs as well as evening and Saturday courses. So, for students who will need to work in addition to getting their degree, this program would be an ideal choice. The courses offered at Kellogg are also largely focused on teamwork-oriented projects, as well as training in real-life business scenarios.
6. Yale School of Management - Yale University
As one would expect at another top-ranking, Ivy League school, Yale’s School of Management is a rigorous and demanding program for MBA students. Students in the program tend to hone their analytical and quantitative skills in analyzing (so-called) “raw cases” through data, graphs, reports, and charts and then asked to assess and evaluate the viability of their business management practices. MBA graduates from this program, therefore, tend to be well-prepared and highly intelligent candidates for challenging careers in business.
7. Ross School of Business - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Ross School of Business demands their MBA students to sharpen their critical thinking skills, asking them to work in an action-based curriculum - that is, a learning system where students are urged to make judgments, ask questions, and detect problems within certain business management models. Becoming effective leaders and managers requires the ability to identify problems and introducing new solutions.
Before applying to an MBA program in America, here are some things to keep in mind
- Pursuing your MBA degree in the U.S. can be a challenging experience, but can open up several opportunities for you as you seek out exciting new careers.
- These programs can often be highly competitive, and very rigorous.
- If you do apply for an MBA, you will likely be required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to accompany your application.
- Consider and compare these schools carefully, and decide whether their MBA programs are a solid fit for you.