2017 Top MBA Programs

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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 UniversityUniversity at BuffaloUniversity 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 $49,272. Pepperdine University has out-of-state tuition running at  $30,320, while annual tuition for out-of-state students at University of Utah is $22,983.

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.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 95.60
#2 #2 Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2017 Student Score 90.54
#3 #3 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2017 Student Score 90.39
#4 #4 The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Location Richardson (TX) 2017 Student Score 89.48
#5 #5 Rice University Campus Location Houston (TX) 2017 Student Score 89.22
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 88.29
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 88.29
#8 #8 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 87.83
#9 #9 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2017 Student Score 85.91
#10 #10 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 85.71
#11 #11 Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 85.37
#12 #12 University of Denver Campus Location Denver (CO) 2017 Student Score 84.86
#13 #13 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 84.58
#14 #14 University of Notre Dame Campus Location Notre Dame (IN) 2017 Student Score 84.50
#15 #15 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 84.18
#16 #16 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 84.09
#17 #17 University of California-Irvine Campus Location Irvine (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.62
#18 #18 University of Utah Campus Location Salt Lake City (UT) 2017 Student Score 82.63
#19 #19 Washington University in St. Louis Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2017 Student Score 82.38
#20 #20 Pepperdine University Campus Location Malibu (CA) 2017 Student Score 82.36
#21 #21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 82.34
#22 #22 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2017 Student Score 82.32
#23 #23 University at Buffalo Campus Location Buffalo (NY) 2017 Student Score 82.10
#24 #24 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 81.31
#25 #25 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2017 Student Score 78.97
#26 #26 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 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.

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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.