Top 20 Business Schools in America

Listed by ranking (US News),  tuition, room and board, percentage of those employed at graduation and salary.


Top 20 Business Schools in America
Full Time Tuition (per year)
Room and Board
Employed at Graduation
Median Base Salary
Harvard University Business School
Stanford Graduate School of Business
University of Chicago (Booth)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Columbia University Business School
Dartmouth College (Tuck)
Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
In-State N/A
Out-State $12,245
Full-Time Tuition (per year)
Room and Board
Employed at Graduation
Median Base Salary
Duke University (Fuqua)
University of Virginia (Darden)
Instate $44,500
Out-state $49,500
New York University (Stern)
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)
In-state $45,189
Out-state $50,189
Yale University
Cornell University (Johnson)
Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)
In-state N/A
Out-state $12,245
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
In-state $24,464
Outstate $46,588
University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)
In-state $30,128
Out-state 45,128
Emory University- Goizueta Business School

Harvard University Business School strives to prepare students for challenges in the real world. Students spend the first two terms completing the necessary curriculum with a “section” of 90 students to which they are assigned. As a group, students take all first-year classes together; students socialize and interact intellectually. At Stanford Graduate School of Business, curriculum is tailored to each student, by taking into consideration the student’s background, work experience, and career aspirations. Student’s curriculum includes a variety of learning methods; including global study trips, case studies, simulations, immersion internships and research opportunities.


University of Chicago (Booth School of Business) offers a customized corporate education tailored to meet the student’s needs. It is the nation’s oldest doctoral program in business and offers open-enrollment seminars on 30 topics. It ranked #1 in Business Week biennial rankings 2010, #1 in The Economist 2010 and #9 in Financial Times 2010. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) offers over 200 electives. Its month long pre-term session includes a two day off-campus retreat where students get to learn how to lead in a team environment. The first year is dedicated to a core curriculum that students complete in a group of six students. At Columbia University Business School, there are 4000 graduate courses and 130 electives in the whole university. Dual degrees are offered with 10 other Columbia graduate schools; this includes the Law School and School of International and Public Affairs Founded in 1900/ Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business) is the first graduate school of management, and has maintained its position as a leading business school in the world. Residential experience is very important and value is placed on teamwork and building lifelong relationships.


Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management) emphasizes the importance of the real world as a test to any business theory. Actual business situations and textual information are synthesized in the classroom. From how the subprime lending could have been prevented to what caused it, at Kellogg School of Management all begins in the classroom. Ranked no. 3 among The Best Business Schools in America (US News 2010), MIT’s Sloan School of Management provides the foundation necessary for an entrepreneurial career. The core gives students the flexibility of pursing their personal goals within the MBA program. University of California—Berkley (Haas) maintains a very selective MBA program.  The first year is divided into four segments. The core curriculum is centered on business fundamentals, which includes finance and accounting. There are over 2,264 students in six degree programs, and a faculty of 209 members. The Full-Time MBA program at Duke University (Fuqua School of Business) begins with a three week Global Institute. It includes two core courses: Leadership, Ethics and Organizations; and Global institutions and Environments. These courses are seen as the foundation of a business education.


University of Virginia (Darden School of Business) utilizes the case method teaching over the lecture based approach. Students discuss and analyze cases about real business problems and how to come up with solutions. New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business) awards all attendees an MBA in General Management. Students may select up to three specializations or may choose not to specialize at all. Students may select from up to 23 specializations; these include Economics, Financial Instruments and Markets, International Finance and Strategy.


At University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Stephen M. Ross School of Business) the MBA program is action- based learning. The first year, course is broken down into four seven-week terms: Fall A, Fall B, Winter A and Winter B. The first three terms provide the necessary grounding in the fundamentals of business. In the fourth term students utilize the core in the Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course; they consult with an actual firm or organization. At Yale School of Management, business leaders are created. Yale prouds itself on the philosophy ‘that good management is essential in every sector; private, nonprofit, or public.’  Yale teaches students how to transform theory into practicality.


Cornell University (Johnson) has a two year MBA Program that extends 21 months; with a summer internship at the midway point. The program commences in August with a two week orientation that introduces students to faculty and staff. At year one, students at Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) learn the fundamentals of management. The core curriculum begins with the three scientific disciplines: Economics, Behavioral Sciences and Quantitative Methods. The second year allows more flexibility; students get to take courses that are relevant to their career interests and learn other aspects management.


Students may spend a term studying overseas at anyone of the top business schools through out the world. They are also able to take an international elective such as International Business Strategy or Global Marketing Management at University of California’s (Los Angeles.) Applied Management Research is where students collaborate with an international organization to resolve an issue. University of North Carolina—(Kenan-Flagler) emphasizes the importance of the case-study method and group activities. The MBA degree program requires 63 credit hours and students must complete all required core classes in the first year. The core curriculum at the University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) is made up of eleven mandatory classes to be taken during the first year of the MBA program; furthermore, students take three electives in the spring of their first year in order to begin the process of customizing their degree.


Goizueta Business School (Emory University) teaches the fundamentals of business, thus, allowing students to pursue careers in finance, marketing or consulting; Emory offers more than 20 different concentrations within five academic areas.

Top 20 business schools in America.
Listed by ranking (US News),  tuition, room and board, percentage of those employed at graduation and salary.

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