These 26 schools offer MBAs that are top-rated by students. Among the contenders are well-known Ivy League names such as Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. Other familiar colleges include Northwestern University, University at Buffalo, University of Notre Dame, and University of Southern California. In-state tuition for The University of Texas at Austin is a modest $10,842 per year, while out-of-state tuition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology begins at $45,586. Pepperdine University has out-of-state tuition running at $33,732, while annual tuition for out-of-state students at University of Utah is $20,953.
One MBA student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management felt that the community of students in the program was one of the best aspects of their educational experience, stating, "The biggest advantage of being at Sloan is the community. Sloanies are incredibly helpful." Another student remarked on how they felt that the program is a particularly good one for women, saying, "Sloan is...a great place for women looking to experience a full-time MBA program. The academic experience balances challenging curriculum with a supportive environment.” Click on the names of the colleges listed below to read more reviews of our top-rated MBA programs. Or, if you're interested in earning an online MBA degree, check out our rankings of top MBA degrees offered online.
|Rank||College||Annual Tuition||2017 Student Score|
|#1 Harvard University||Annual Tuition $39,846||2017 Student Score 95.60|
|#2 Cornell University||Annual Tuition $29,581||2017 Student Score 90.54|
|#3 University of California - Berkeley||Annual Tuition $27,966||2017 Student Score 90.39|
|#4 The University of Texas at Dallas||Annual Tuition $21,606||2017 Student Score 89.48|
|#5 Rice University||Annual Tuition $32,217||2017 Student Score 89.22|
|#6 Florida International University||Annual Tuition $22,861||2017 Student Score 88.29|
|#6 University of Chicago||Annual Tuition $48,729||2017 Student Score 88.29|
|#8 Columbia University in the City of New York||Annual Tuition $41,594||2017 Student Score 87.83|
|#9 University of Maryland - College Park||Annual Tuition $23,694||2017 Student Score 85.91|
|#10 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Annual Tuition $39,798||2017 Student Score 85.71|
|#11 Northwestern University||Annual Tuition $45,560||2017 Student Score 85.37|
|#12 University of Denver||Annual Tuition $40,038||2017 Student Score 84.86|
|#13 Arizona State University||Annual Tuition $6,454 - $22,652||2017 Student Score 84.58|
|#14 University of Notre Dame||Annual Tuition $44,445||2017 Student Score 84.50|
|#15 New York University||Annual Tuition $38,228||2017 Student Score 84.18|
|#16 University of California - Los Angeles||Annual Tuition $27,673||2017 Student Score 84.09|
|#17 University of California-Irvine||Annual Tuition $28,064||2017 Student Score 83.62|
|#18 University of Utah||Annual Tuition $20,953||2017 Student Score 82.63|
|#19 Washington University in St. Louis||Annual Tuition $44,400||2017 Student Score 82.38|
|#20 Pepperdine University||Annual Tuition $33,732||2017 Student Score 82.36|
|#21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Annual Tuition $45,586||2017 Student Score 82.34|
|#22 Yale University||Annual Tuition $36,500||2017 Student Score 82.32|
|#23 University at Buffalo||Annual Tuition $20,182||2017 Student Score 82.10|
|#24 The University of Texas at Austin||Annual Tuition $20,710||2017 Student Score 81.31|
|#25 University of Pennsylvania||Annual Tuition $31,744||2017 Student Score 78.97|
|#26 University of Southern California||Annual Tuition $37,504||2017 Student Score 78.22|
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.