2018 Best Schools for an MBA

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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.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Missouri Campus Location Columbia (MO) 2018 Student Score 94.74
#2 #2 Vanderbilt University Campus Location Nashville (TN) 2018 Student Score 94.47
#3 #3 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 92.26
#4 #4 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2018 Student Score 91.88
#5 #5 Ohio State University-Main Campus Campus Location Columbus (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 91.19
#6 #6 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2018 Student Score 90.66
#7 #7 The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Location Richardson (TX) 2018 Student Score 90.52
#8 #8 Nova Southeastern University Campus Location Fort Lauderdale (FL) 2018 Student Score 90.20
#9 #9 Emory University Campus Location Atlanta (GA) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#10 #10 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2018 Student Score 89.52
#11 #11 Indiana University - Bloomington Campus Location Bloomington (IN) 2018 Student Score 89.50
#12 #12 Texas State University Campus Location San Marcos (TX) 2018 Student Score 89.29
#13 #13 Mercer University Campus Location Macon (GA) 2018 Student Score 89.00
#14 #14 University of Redlands Campus Location Redlands (CA) 2018 Student Score 88.81
#15 #15 Rice University Campus Location Houston (TX) 2018 Student Score 88.71
#16 #16 The University of Tampa Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2018 Student Score 88.33
#17 #17 Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2018 Student Score 88.31
#18 #18 Michigan State University Campus Location East Lansing (MI) 2018 Student Score 87.86
#19 #19 Philadelphia University Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2018 Student Score 87.65
#20 #20 University of Notre Dame Campus Location Notre Dame (IN) 2018 Student Score 87.03
#21 #21 California State University-Fullerton Campus Location Fullerton (CA) 2018 Student Score 86.33
#22 #22 Washington University in St. Louis Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2018 Student Score 85.94
#23 #23 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2018 Student Score 85.57
#24 #24 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2018 Student Score 85.54
#25 #25 Boston College Campus Location Chestnut Hill (MA) 2018 Student Score 85.45


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.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.