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America's top 5 MBA programmes

Read our guide to the best MBA programmes in America, including famous alumni who have graduated and what these programmes each offer...

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The United States continues to be a top destination for international students seeking a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Looking at the list of MBA courses below and the alumni they have produced, is enough to get inspired!

Not all MBA courses are the same across all schools and universities, so finding one that is tailored to your needs and goals is important. Have a look at what the top programmes offer students, and consider this when searching for your MBA programme:


Stanford University [CA]

The West Coast Ivy school boasted the lowest acceptance rate in 2012 to their business school (yikes!).  Consider yourself extremely lucky if you are accepted. With the nice climate and Silicon Valley as its backyard, Stanford is the smart choice for those wanting to get into the tech fields. 

Famous alumni: Ellen Siminoff, founding executive of Yahoo!


University of Pennsylvania – Wharton [PA]

Wharton is long-considered to be one of the best business schools in the country (it’s the second oldest too!). Though it is not an Ivy League school, its large, active campus attracts those who want to study in centralised university. Where Wharton excels is in its dual-degree programmes; you can study at Wharton while also studying at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, for example.

Famous alumni: Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Sloan School of Management [MA]

A phenomenal school in Massachusetts, which, despite being geared towards Technology and Engineering courses, offers a superb MBA programme. There are a lot of international study and work opportunities here, so you can broaden your MBA experience.

Famous alumni: Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel


Harvard University – Harvard Business School (HBS) [MA]

Harvard is not only the oldest school in the country, but it also has the oldest business school. MBA students receive a hands-on education and will work with groups on case studies most of the time. HBS also has dual-degree programmes within the other Harvard schools, like Harvard Law School.

Famous alumni: Meg Whitman, former president and CEO of eBay


University of Chicago – Booth School of Business [IL]

If you want to study in a major city environment, Chicago’s Booth school is for you. Booth also excels in the finance and consulting fields, as banks and companies seem to hire students in those programmes. Booth also keep the competitive edge out of the classroom with many after-school clubs and competitions with nearby schools.

Famous alumni: Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar, Inc., a car-sharing service



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