The 35 best business schools in the US

University of Chicago Booth School of Business/FacebookThe best business schools in the US span the country, and are a mix of public and private.
  • The best business schools in the world are ranked each year by education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
  • QS has released its 2019 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating 251 of the best business schools in the world, 109 of which are located in the United States.
  • QS based its ranking on surveys of employers, academics, and business school programs, and evaluated MBA programs on employability, alumni outcomes, students’ return on investment, thought leadership, and diversity.
  • Here are the top 35 MBA programs in the US, according to the QS rankings.

Higher- and business-education specialist QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released its 2019 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating 251 of the best business schools in the world, 109 of which are located in the United States.

QS ranked programs on employability for graduates, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, students’ return on investment as measured by post-graduation increases in salary, academic thought leadership, and class and faculty diversity.

QS based its rankings on three surveys: One survey of global employers to ascertain the reputation of MBA programs among top firms, one survey of academics to get a sense of schools’ academic and thought leadership reputations, and a survey of the business schools themselves to gather basic information on programs and student outcomes.

See the full list of 251 business schools on TopMBA.com, and the top 50 business schools in the world on Business Insider. Here are the top 35 MBA programs in the US, according to QS rankings:


35. Purdue University (Krannert)

Location: West Lafayette, IN

Tuition: $US80K to $US89K

Average post-graduate salary: $US90K to $US99K


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34. Washington University (Olin)

Location: St. Louis, MO

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US100K to $US109K


Read more about Olin at TopMBA»


33. University of Florida (Hough)

Location: Gainesville, FL

Tuition: $US60K to $US69K

Average post-graduate salary: $US100K to $US109K


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32. Georgia Tech (Scheller)

Location: Atlanta, GA

Tuition: $US80K to $US89K

Average post-graduate salary: $US100K to $US109K


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31. Texas A&M (Mays)

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Location: College Station, TX

Tuition: $US70K to $US79K

Average post-graduate salary: $US100K to $US109K


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30. University of Washington (Foster)

Location: Seattle, WA

Tuition: $US90K to $US99K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


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29. Georgetown (McDonough)

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Location: Washington, DC

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


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28. Michigan State (Eli Broad)

Location: East Lansing, MI

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Averagepost-graduate salary:$US100K to $US109K


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27. University of Minnesota (Carlson)

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Location: Minneapolis, MN

Tuition: $US90K to $US99K

Average post-graduate salary: $US100K to $US109K


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26. University of Illinois (Gies)

Location: Champaign, IL

Tuition: $US70K to $US79K

Average post-graduate salary: $US90K to $US99K


Read more about Gies at TopMBA»


25. Vanderbilt University (Owen)

Location: Nashville, TN

Tuition: $US90K to $US99K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about Owen at TopMBA»


24. Babson College (Olin)

Location: Babson Park, MA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US70K to $US89K


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23. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

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Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about Kenan-Flagler at TopMBA»


22. University of Virginia (Darden)

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Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Darden at TopMBA»


21. Emory (Goizueta)

Location: Atlanta, GA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about Goizueta at TopMBA»


20. Dartmouth (Tuck)

Location: Hanover, NH

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


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19. Cornell (Johnson)

Location: Ithaca, NY

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


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18. University of Indiana (Kelley)

Location: Bloomington, IN

Tuition: $US90K to $US99K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about Kelley at TopMBA»


17. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about Tepper at TopMBA»


16. Boston University (Questrom)

Location: Boston, MA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US90K to $US99K


Read more about Questrom at TopMBA»


14 (tie). University of Texas (McCombs)

Location: Austin, TX

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


Read more about McCombs at TopMBA»


14 (tie). University of Southern California (Marshall)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


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13. New York University (Stern)

Location: New York, NY

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about NYU Stern at TopMBA»


12. Duke (Fuqua)

Location: Durham, NC

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Fuqua at TopMBA»


11. University of California at Berkeley (Haas)

Location: Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Haas at TopMBA»


10. Yale

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Location: New Haven, CT

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Yale School of Management at TopMBA»


9. University of Michigan (Ross)

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Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Ross at TopMBA»


8. Northwestern University (Kellogg)

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Location: Evanston, IL

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Kellogg at TopMBA»


7. University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US110K to $US119K


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6. Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Columbia at TopMBA»


5. University of Chicago (Booth)

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Location: Chicago, IL

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


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4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

Location: Cambridge, MA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US120K to $US129K


Read more about Sloan at TopMBA»


3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Tuition: Over $US150K

Average post-graduate salary: $US130K to $US139K


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2. Harvard University

Location: Boston, MA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US130K to $US139K


Read more about Harvard at TopMBA»


1. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Tuition: $US100K to $US149K

Average post-graduate salary: $US140K to $US149K


Read more about Stanford at TopMBA»

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