The 10 Best U.S. Business Schools

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Although there are many great U.S. business schools to choose from, certain schools are considered to be among the best in the world. Here are ten best business schools in the U.S. based on curriculum offerings and resulting degrees.

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Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School tops nearly every list of the best business schools. The two-year residential MBA program focuses on general management skills and offers unparalleled preparation for the business world. Other graduate offerings include executive education and Ph.D. or DBA degree programs.

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University of Pennsylvania - Wharton

Renowned for innovative teaching methods and a wide range of academic programs and resources, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania boasts the world's largest and most cited faculty. Students in the Wharton MBA program can choose from a wide range of classes and have the power to create their own individualized major. Interdisciplinary programs, such as the Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program, are also available.

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Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University keeps pace with the ever-changing business world with an ever-evolving curriculum. Kellogg offers four full-time MBA programs that lead to a master’s degree, including a one-year, two-year, MMM, and JD-MBA program. Students can also complete executive education, earn an M.S. in Finance, or pursue doctoral education.

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has an unwavering international reputation as a leader in management education. The MBA program is built upon essential general management skills. Stanford GSB also offers a unique, one-year MSx program for experienced leaders and managers. Executive education and Ph.D. programs round out the offerings.

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University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Ross School of Business is part of the University of Michigan, one of the most prolific and respected research institutions in the country. Graduate business programs combine a core curriculum with advanced elective courses and specialized courses in general management. Students can choose from a range of MBA programs, including a part-time, full-time, global, executive, evening, and weekend MBA.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management

The world-renowned curriculum at the MIT Sloan School of Management carefully balances theory and real-world application. The MBA program at Sloan offers one of the broadest ranges of electives available at any business school. Students can also choose from several specialized master's programs, such as a Master of Science in Management Studies and a Master of Finance.

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University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is another school that is consistently ranked among the best U.S. business schools. Booth's MBA programs are extremely flexible and taught by a world-class faculty. Students can attend traditional classes or get their MBA on evenings and weekends. Booth also offers a comprehensive education for executives and students at a more advanced level.

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Columbia Business School

The programs at Columbia Business School place a strong emphasis on finance and international management, but the school is known for churning out graduates who are strong in many other specializations. The school's New York location puts students right in the center of the business world, providing them with opportunities that just can't be found at other schools. Students in the Columbia MBA program have the option to develop a focus or graduate without a concentration. Those who would prefer a Master of Science degree have options as well.

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Dartmouth College - Tuck Business School

Famous for their small class size and close-knit community, Tuck is one of the most selective and prestigious U.S. business schools. The school has a 'learn by doing' philosophy that ensures hands-on experience for everyone. The first year of Tuck's MBA program focuses on general management. During the second year, students can customize their program and choose from over 60 elective courses.

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University of California - Berkeley - Haas School of Business

The Haas School of Business at the University of California - Berkeley offers a range of degree options, from MBA programs to a Master of Finance Engineering and Ph.D. education. The Haas MBA program focuses on management fundamentals and exposes students to the latest in business trends and global policies. Evening and weekend programs are available in addition to the traditional two-year program.

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