The following list ranks the best colleges for an MBA according to student and alumni reviews. This year, the University of Missouri beat out strong contenders like Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Duke for the #1 spot. The top five schools range widely in annual tuition prices with the University of Missouri costing $9,506 for in-state tuition, while Vanderbilt costs $44,050. Harvard tuition is $42,874 per year, while Ohio State University's in-state tuition is only $12,425. Duke is the costliest of the top five schools with a current annual tuition coming in at $48,656.
Students from the University of Missouri's MBA program commented on the affordability of the school and the connections that can be made in their classes, stating, "The Crosby MBA is a great program, especially for how little it costs (comparatively). The opportunities to network, be involved in projects affecting real businesses around the world, and grow my business acumen have been wonderful." Other students noted the diverse and collective nature of the program, saying, "Ethnic and gender diversity is prevalent within a mix of domestic and international students. Through the new cohort system, the program has increased the amount of collaboration among students which can be critical when working on projects." If you'd like to read more about any of these schools, click on the names below.
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 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program 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 their institution of choice for more details.