Choosing an Ivy League Business School

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The Six Ivy League Business Schools

Ivy League schools attract intellectuals from around the world and have a legendary reputation for academic excellence. There are eight Ivy League schools, but only six Ivy League business schools. Princeton University and Brown University do not have business schools.

The six Ivy League business schools include:

Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is known for its diverse entrepreneurial community. The school's location in the business hub of New York City provides unparalleled immersion in the business world. Columbia offers many different graduate programs, including an MBA program, executive MBA programs, doctoral programs, and Master of Science programs in several business disciplines. Students who are seeking an international experience should explore Columbia’s pioneering program with London Business School, EMBA-Global Americas, and Europe, or the EMBA-Global Asia, created in partnership with the University of Hong Kong.

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, more commonly known as Johnson, takes a performance-learning approach to business education. Students learn theoretical frameworks, apply them to real-world situations in actual business settings, and receive continuous feedback from qualified experts. Johnson offers the Cornell MBA five different ways: one-year MBA (Ithaca), two-year MBA (Ithaca), tech-MBA (Cornell Tech), executive MBA (Metro NYC), and Cornell-Queen's MBA (Offered in conjunction with Queen's University). Additional business education options include executive education and Ph.D. programs. Students seeking a global experience should look to Johnson's newest program, the Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA, a dual degree program offered by Johnson at Cornell University and PBC School of Finance (PBCSF) at Tsinghua University.

Harvard Business School

The overall mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference. The school does this through its educational programs, faculty, and influence around the world. HBS program offerings include a two-year MBA program, executive education, and eight full-time doctoral programs leading to a Ph.D. or DBA. HBS also offers summer programs for ambitious undergraduates. Students who like the idea of studying online should explore the school's HBX online programs, which incorporate active learning and the case method learning model.

Tuck School of Business

The Tuck School of Business was the very first graduate school of management founded in the United States. It offers only one-degree program: a full-time MBA. Tuck is a small business school, and it works hard to facilitate a collaborative learning environment designed to build lifelong relationships. Students participate in a unique residential experience that promotes teamwork while focusing on a core curriculum of general management skills. Their education is then rounded out with advanced electives and seminars.

Wharton School

Founded more than a century ago in 1881, Wharton is the oldest Ivy League business school. It employs the most published business school faculty and has a global reputation for excellence in business education. Undergraduate students who attend Wharton School work toward a BS in economics and have an opportunity to choose from more than 20 different business concentrations. Graduate students can enroll in one of several MBA programs. Wharton also offers interdisciplinary programs, executive education, and Ph.D. programs. Minority students who are still in high school should check out Wharton's pre-college LEAD program.

Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management prides itself on educating students for leadership positions in every sector of society: public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial. Programs are integrated, combining fundamental core courses with unlimited elective choices. Graduate students can choose from a range of programs at the graduate level, including executive education, MBA programs, a Master of Advanced Management, Ph.D. programs, and joint degrees in business and law, medicine, engineering, global affairs, and environmental management, among others. Yale School of Management does not award undergraduate degrees, but second-, third-, and fourth-year university students (as well as recent graduates) can participate in Yale SOM's two-week Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program. 

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