The 25 best MBA programs in the world for a career in finance

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MBA programs can help you prepare for work in a specific industry by developing the skills you need, and it may help increase your post-graduate salary. If you are looking to land a career in finance, one of these top MBA specialisations for a finance career may be a good fit.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education analyst, published on Wednesday seven specialisation rankings highlighting the best MBA programs for a career in specific industries. This includes the best MBAs for students interested in working in finance upon graduation.

To do this, QS used data from its Global Employer Survey, its Business School Survey, and publishing company Elsevier’s Scopus database. Each program’s overall score is based on three metrics: career placement in the finance industry, research strength related to finance, and employer reputation in the industry. You can read more about data collection and methodology here.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which ranked number one in last year’s ranking, is the best program for a career in finance. Harvard slipped to third and Stanford Graduate School of Business moved up to second.

Here are the 25 best MBA programs for a career in finance, according to QS. We also included the specialisation ranking score and the share of the recent class that is going into the industry. The full list and other specialisation rankings can be found on QS’ website.


25. Georgetown (McDonough)

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Location: Washington, DC

Overall score: 74.1

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 27.0%


Read more about McDonough School of Business here.


24. HKUST

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Location: Hong Kong SAR

Overall score: 75.0

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 23.0%


Read more about HKUST here.


23. UCLA (Anderson)

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Location: Los Angeles, California

Overall score: 75.6

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 16.0%


Read more about UCLA Anderson School of Management here.


21 (tie). UC Berkeley (Haas)

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Location: Berkeley, California

Overall score: 75.8

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 15.0%


Read more about Haas School of Business here.


21 (tie). Dartmouth (Tuck)

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Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Overall score: 75.8

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 24.0%


Read more about Tuck School of Business here.


20. IE Business School

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Location: Madrid, Spain

Overall score: 75.9

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 21.0%


Read more about IE Business School here.


19. IESE Business School

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Location: Barcelona, Spain

Overall score: 76.2

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 17.0%


Read more about IESE Business School here.


18. HEC Paris

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Location: Jouy en Josas, France

Overall score: 76.4

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 19.0%


Read more about HEC Paris here.


17. York (Schulich)

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Location: Toronto, Canada

Overall score: 76.6

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 22.0%


Read more about Schulich School of Business, York University here.


16. Virginia (Darden)

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Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Overall score: 77.2

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 24.4%


Read more about The University of Virginia Darden School of Business here.


15. Northwestern (Kellogg)

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Location: Evanston, Illinois

Overall score: 79.2

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 17.0%


Read more about Kellogg School of Management here.


14. Michigan (Ross)

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Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Overall score: 79.6

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 15.0%


Read more about Michigan Ross School of Business here.


13. Duke (Fuqua)

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Location: Durham, North Carolina

Overall score: 82.0

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 20.0%


Read more about The Fuqua School of Business here.


12. Yale School of Management

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Overall score: 83.5

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 24.0%


Read more about Yale School of Management here.


11. Toronto (Rotman)

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Location: Toronto, Canada

Overall score: 85.3

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 38.0%


Read more about Rotman School of Management here.


10. MIT (Sloan)

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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Overall score: 85.4

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 19.2%


Read more about MIT Sloan School of Management here.


9. Cornell (Johnson)

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Location: Ithaca, New York

Overall score: 87.6

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 37.0%


Read more about Cornell SC Johnson College of Business here.


8. London Business School

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Location: London, United Kingdom

Overall score: 89.3

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 26.0%


Read more about London Business School here.


7. Oxford (Saïd)

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Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Overall score: 91.1

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 30.8%


Read more about Saïd Business School here.


6. NYU (Stern)

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Location: New York, New York

Overall score: 91.8

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 29.0%


Read more about NYU Stern School of Business here.


5. Chicago (Booth)

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Overall score: 92.2

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 31.3%


Read more about The University of Chicago Booth School of Business here.


4. Columbia Business School

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Location: New York, New York

Overall score: 95.0

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 34.3%


Read more about Columbia Business School here.


3. Harvard Business School

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Overall score: 95.4

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 29.0%


Read more about Harvard Business School here.


2. Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Location: Stanford, California

Overall score: 95.7

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 33.0%

Read more about Stanford Graduate School of Business here.


1. Penn (Wharton)

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Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Overall score: 97.0

Share of graduates going into the finance industry: 35.8%

Read more about Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania here.

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