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Best business schools in the USA

A qualification in business or an MBA degree needs a good business school. We’ve got the best for you from the USA.

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Perhaps you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or have designs of heading up a company as a CEO. Whatever your aspirations in business are you’ll need to have a solid foundation. This means a globally recognised qualification from a well-reputed university that will open doors for you. The USA remains one of the destinations of choice for international students aiming to study business degrees, including the coveted MBA qualification. We have turned our attention to investigating which universities in the USA are rated top for the subject. 

 

For our list of the best universities for business degrees and the best business schools in the USA, we have made use of three key ranking lists. These are the QS World University Rankings 2021, the Times Higher Education Rankings 2021 and the U.S. News & World Report. 

 

1.Harvard University 

 

A university that often sits at the summit of many ranking lists, Harvard University is regarded also regarded as one of the top institutions for business in the USA. The QS World University Rankings 2021 has the university at number one in both the USA and the world for the subject. Further, the U.S. News & World Report ranks Harvard’s business school at number five in the USA.  

 

Harvard’s business school is known for both its global appeal and international outlook. In the 2020-2021 academic year 45 per cent of students on doctoral programmes in the school were international students. On the Harvard MBA programme, international students from 71 countries accounted for 37 per cent of all of those enrolled. 

 

The university’s business school has an extensive alumni network of over 85,000 graduates, providing students with a network of expertise and opportunities. You may even recognise some of the names amongst the alumni of the school including former U.S. President George W. Bush, entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg and the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

 

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2.University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

 

The Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley enjoys the enviable position of being rated 7th in the USA for business by the U.S. News & World Report and second spot for their part-time MBA programme. This sentiment is shared by the QS World University Rankings 2021 that has the business school in the top 20 worldwide. 

 

The school offers numerous programmes including in disciplines such as accounting; economics; ethics; finance; leadership; supply chain management; and international business, to name a few. UCB’s entrepreneurship programme is rated in the top five in the USA. The Haas School of Business is also part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, one of only two schools in the country to have this distinction. 

 

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3.Yale University 

 

The Yale School of Management was established back in 1971 at this Ivy League institution. The business programmes on offer are rated in the top 10 globally and 6th in the USA by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. The U.S. News & World Report similarly places Yale in the top 10 nationally. 

 

Students at the school can pursue programmes in a variety of areas and specialisations. These include human resources, finance, consulting and even portfolio management. One of the unique aspects of the university’s MBA programme is the use of different and variable materials for analysis, rather than traditional case studies. 

 

The school enjoys partnerships and exchanges with other institutions across the world, including the London School of Economics in the UK. This global footprint is also reflected in the fact that more than 40 per cent of those enrolled in MBA programmes are international students. 

 

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4.University of Chicago 

 

Often overshadowed by Ivy League institutions and perhaps not as well known, the University of Chicago more than holds its own. The Booth School of Business is a top-three business school in the USA according to the U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 globally as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. 

 

This prestige is not a surprise considering that the Booth School of Business has the number one ranked part-time MBA, is rated number two for finance, and top of the lists in the USA for its executive MBA programme (U.S. News & World Report). The school is also known for its active research and learning centres in specialised disciplines such as population economics and marketing. 

 

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5. New York University (NYU)

 

Located in the global city of New York, NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business enjoys a reputation befitting a school located close to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Students are offered programmes in key disciplines such as marketing, e-commerce, accounting and technology management, to name a few. 

 

The school is rated as a top ten destination for business students by the U.S. News & World Report and a top 30 university for the subject by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Graduates of NYU’s MBA programme are the envy of many as 94 per cent receive offers of employment three months after finishing their degrees. 37 countries are represented amongst the student body and if you have your eye on the executive MBA programme you’ll likely need at least 10 plus years of work experience to be accepted. 

 

With your new knowledge of business schools in the USA, you may feel inspired to start lodging applications. Our guide to university applications can help and if you’re looking for a specific course you can use our course matcher tool

 

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