Top MBA Programs in the U.S.

top_mba_programsAccording to Fortune, Payscale, and Forbes, the Master of Business Administration is one of the most popular post-graduate degrees in the U.S.

Graduate alumni agree that much of their career success is a result of their graduate management education. The majority laud the value of their education. Prospective students consider graduate management education as a catalyst to bring about success in their careers. Career progression and job opportunities are rated highly as reasons to pursue an MBA degree. Most employers indicate that hiring business school graduates is an imperative priority for their staffing plans.

Whether you are looking to enhance or switch your career, an MBA degree will provide ample opportunity. If you are part of the growing entrepreneurial generation, business school will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to innovate, set direction, effect change and much more.

Quick Facts | Ranking Methodology | Rankings | Why an MBA

Quick Facts

According to the 2015 Prospective Students Survey Report

MBA programs remain the predominant program type that prospective business school students considered in 2014: 52% of candidates considered only MBA programs, compared with 22% who considered only specialized business master’s programs. Twenty-six percent of candidates considered both program types.

Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers differ in programs considered, preferred course delivery and school culture, motivations, and more. Millennials, those born after 1980, represent 88% of all survey respondents, globally.

The majority of respondents (65%) pursue a graduate business degree to increase their job opportunities. Segmenting prospective students by career goals reveals three distinct groups: career switchers (38% of respondents), career enhancers (34%),  and aspiring entrepreneurs (28%).

More than half (52%) of prospective students seek to study outside their country of citizenship, up from 40 percent in 2010. The United States still remains the top desired study destination for prospective students.

EDsmart MBA Ranking Methodology

The EDsmart Top MBA Rankings consist of an aggregate score from 10 of the most influential business school and MBA rankings across the globe.

The EDsmart Top MBA Programs rankings provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to ranking MBA programs. Each ranking from the publications above are weighted equally to provide an objective vs subjective ranking. The initial list began with 159 schools extracted from the publications above. In order for a business school to be considered for the EDsmart rankings, they must have shown up in at least 4 of the 10 publications.

EDsmart rankings are not intended to be used as a final say for which program prospective students should choose. The rankings below are a point of reference for the budding MBA student.