Taking an MBA Soon? Check Out These Top US Universities
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So you’re taking an MBA!
By this time, we assume you’re already convinced how postgraduate education can help you—both for your personal growth and career development. (If you’re still unsure about taking postgraduate education, ask yourself these 3 important questions!)
While the application process differs for each university, most admission requirements for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program in the United States (US) would require you to have a four-year Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 2-3 work experience, and a score of at least 600 in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Do you already have these requirements?
If that’s a yes, then it’s time to choose the best MBA school for you. According to the QS University Rankings 2019, here are the top US universities with the best MBA programs. Let’s get down to business and find a prospect school!
Top 1: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Leading the Global MBA rankings for 2019 is the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB). Established in 1925, this top-ranked business school emphasizes collaboration and innovation in its two-year personalized MBA program.
Thanks to its proximity to technology hub, Silicon Valley, and a strategically smaller class size compared to other business schools, students get to learn the latest leadership and business concepts. Aside from a diverse pool of industry leaders and field experts, students are also encouraged to discuss their ideas in class.
P.S. You can take a dual MBA program at Stanford GSB! The school offers joint programs with other disciplines like education, engineering, and law to name a few.
Want to study at Stanford GSB? Here are some notable alumni you might know:
- Alan Tripp, American astronaut
- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America
- Phil Knight, Founder & Chairman of Nike
Study at Stanford GSB with a scholarship! Check out these study grants:
- Charles P. Bonini Partnership for Diversity Fellowship
- Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
- Nonprofit/Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Social Innovation Fellowship
- Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship
Top 2: Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Considered as one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, Harvard Business School (HBS) emphasizes real-world practice in its two-year MBA curriculum.
Throughout the program, students get hands-on learning through its introspective exercises and renowned case studies instruction where they learn how to make difficult decisions and deal with diverse opinions as a business leader. Think of it as practice when you run your company someday!
Want to study at HBS? Here are some notable alumni you might know:
- George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America
- Henry Motte-Munoz, Founder & CEO of Edukasyon.ph
- Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
Study at HBS with a scholarship! Check out these study grants:
- HBS Global Opportunity Fellowship
- HBS Fellowships
- Leadership Fellows Program
- Summer Fellowships
- The Ayala Scholarship Fund & The Eugenio Lopez Scholarship Fund
Top 3: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania
Established in 1881, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, or simply Wharton, is the first and oldest collegiate business school in the world. The university is known for producing the highest number of billionaires in the United States, ranging from Nobel laureates to Fortune 500 CEOs. (You could be the next billionaire in the list!)
If you’re taking an MBA at Wharton, you can choose between its individualized or double majors program. Not to mention, an exchange program opportunity at INSEAD with campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore. Talk about global exposure!
Want to study at Wharton? Here are some notable alumni you might know:
- Elon Musk, CEO of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors
- Laura Lang, former CEO of Time, Inc.
- Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
Study at Wharton with a scholarship! Check out these study grants:
- Academic Fellowships
- Corporate and Foundation Scholarships
- Emerging Economy Fellowship
- ROMBA Fellowship
- Social Impact Fellowships
Top 4: MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
If you’re an engineer to the core, the MIT Sloan School of Management might be the right school for you! This business school drills creativity and invention in its students through an intellectual and experiential approach to learning. Think extensive research, learning labs, and real-world problem-solving cases jam-packed in a two-year MBA program!
True to MIT’s motto mens et manus (Latin for “mind and hand”), MIT and MIT Sloan hold the annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The contest is one of the largest business plan competitions in the world, which empowers students to launch their ideas into full-fledged companies. How cool is that?
Want to study at MIT Sloan? Here are some notable alumni you might know:
- Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor Company
- Hannes Smárason, CEO of Icelandair
- Ploypailin Jensen, member of Thai Royal Family
Study at MIT Sloan with a scholarship! Check out these study grants:
- Leaders for Global Operations Fellowship
- Legatum Fellowship
- Lemann Education Fellowship
- McKinsey Award
- MIT Public Service Fellowship
Top 5: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Formerly known as The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is considered the second-oldest business school in the US, and the first school to offer an Executive MBA program (read: MBA for experienced managers and directors).
Given that schedule is an important consideration when choosing a school, Chicago Booth’s strength lies in its four MBA program formats, namely: (1) Full-time MBA; (2) Evening MBA; (3) Weekend MBA; and (4) Executive MBA program. Regardless of your schedule or work experience, there’s a Chicago Booth MBA fit for you.
Want to study at Chicago Booth? Here are some notable alumni you might know:
- David Wells, former CFO of Netflix
- J. Patrick Doyle, former CEO of Domino’s Pizza
- Mark Loughridge, former CFO of IBM
Study at Chicago Booth with a scholarship! Check out these study grants:
- Distinguished Fellowship
- Herman Family Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs
- Marvin Zonis International Scholarship
- McKinsey & Company Emerging Scholars
- Robert Toigo Foundation
Overview of the Global MBA Rankings Based On The QS University Rankings 2018-2019*
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With a gazillion MBA programs offered around the world, choosing the right school for your MBA definitely won’t be an overnight process. Take your time! Whether it’s one of these top US universities, or elsewhere (that’s fine, too), list down your considerations and carefully weigh your options. After all, your MBA is on the line.
Are you ready to take your MBA? Check out other schools in the US for more options. And don’t forget to pack your bags with helpful tips and advice from the Study Abroad blog section at Edukasyon.ph!
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