Bocconi’s one-year MBA program is taught in English, but students take a month of Italian as soon as they arrive. Roughly one-quarter of the school’s students are from Italy. Forty-six percent are from Europe.
Saïd’s 1-year MBA program emphasizes experiential learning. Saïd students begin their first of four terms, which each last about three months, by taking all core classes. In their second term, all students complete an entrepreneurship project, for which they prepare a startup business plan and present it to venture capitalists.
Founded in 1967 by prominent Mexican businessmen, IPADE now has three locations in Mexico. IPADE has increased the percentage of students from outside of Mexico in recent years, but it still stands at just 16% of the student body.
A half-hour away from downtown Toronto, Schulich focuses on international business and draws most of its students from outside of Canada in its program that lasts 16 or 20 months (the school also offers an 8-month Accelerated MBA).
Founded in 1965, the Alliance Manchester Business School was one of the first two business schools in the UK. The school's two-year program focuses on international business through real-world learning.
Located in Barcelona Spain, ESADE draws students from all over the world. Twenty-six percent of the 2018 class came from Europe, 25% from Asia, 24% from South America and 15% from North America. Only 5% were native to Spain. The four pillars of the full-time MBA program are Innovation, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
A globally minded business school, IESE is centered in Barcelona but has locations in Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo and Munich. English is the only required language, but IESE was the first business school in the world to offer a bilingual MBA degree.
London Business School is the top two-year program in Europe. The school is located in the heart of London, but 90% of its students come from abroad. All students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English before graduation. Students can complete the MBA in 15, 18 or 21 months.
Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, between Chicago and Indianapolis, Krannert draws students from all over the world with 42% of the 2018 class is from foreign countries. Twenty-nine percent of them hail from Asia. All students participate in the Launching Global Leaders program.
Wisconsin offers ten career specialisations and allows students to take classes in their specialisation right away, without the waiting period typical of many other programs. One first-year requirement is that students have to analyse a public company and make a presentation to faculty pretending to be the company’s top executives.
Smeal College is housed in a 210,000 square-foot building featuring high-tech classrooms equipped to record and rebroadcast lectures. Students manage the Nittany Lion Fund, worth $7 million, from the Rogers Trading Room, which has 50 workstations with dual monitors and computers loaded with the latest financial software.
Students must complete a semester-long capstone consulting project that examines a problem in an external company and comes up with a solution. The school’s MBA Venture Challenge puts students in front of judges for two-minute elevator pitches on their business plans, plus a 15-minute follow-up, with $6,000 in prize money on the line.
Olin students take mostly electives after finishing their first semester’s core curriculum. Students may choose one of five career platform concentrations. The school offers exchange programs lasting three weeks or an entire semester in Argentina, China, England, France, Germany or India.
Because many students are interested in more quantitative and technical areas, such as operations management and information technology management, Scheller is often viewed as a heavily quantitatively based program.
After core courses are complete, Broad students choose one of four concentrations: finance, human resource management, marketing or supply chain management. Broad also offers immersive skill-based tracks to help students gain competencies in areas that are relevant in today’s ever-changing workforce including entrepreneurship, insight and analytics, global business and product and service innovation.
Jones is the most expensive business school in Texas, but nearly all students receive aid with scholarship awards that can top $60,000. Rice places its students into real-world projects as soon as they walk into class.
Mendoza offers a traditional MBA curriculum - core classes in the first year, followed by more specialized electives in the second year. One thing that sets Mendoza apart is its Inter-term Intensive, a week-long break in the middle of every semester during which students work with executives from companies ranging from GE to Starbucks to Boeing find solutions to real-world problems.
Marriott is focused on raising Mormon business leaders. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go to Marriott for half the price, the theory being that they are already paying the school through personal tithing. About 80% of the student body arrives having already gone on a Mormon mission. Nearly two-thirds of Marriott students also attended BYU as undergrads.
Foster has a strong reputation and foothold in the Pacific Northwest. Half of the school's alumni live in the Seattle area, giving students a strong alumni network nearby. Over 75 senior executives participate in the MBA Mentor Program and over 90% of students take advantage of it. Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, all of which have headquarters within minutes of campus, are among the school’s top-hiring firms.
Goizueta prides itself on finding jobs for all of its students. Ninety-three percent of job-seeking students in the 2016 class secured jobs three months after graduation with the median base pay $112,500 and signing bonuses of $25,000 for those who got upfront money. First-year students are given career coaches a year older than them as soon as they arrive on campus.
Marshall requires a course for first-year students called the PRIME Module. It teaches students to compare and contrast the U.S. business experience with that in other countries. It requires a 10-day site visit overseas to either China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand or Argentina/Peru.
Located in the center of New York City, Stern capitalizes on its location in one of the world’s financial and entertainment hubs. It encourages entrepreneurship through three venture competitions that offer a combined $200,000 in prize money.
In-state MBA students pay nearly $40,000 less in tuition over two years than their out-of-state classmates, one of the largest gaps in the country. To get a jump start on job placement, before classes begin first-year students take part in the school's Me, Inc. program to help them identify their skills and types of careers and companies that are a good fit. These students must then choose a major and one of the school’s academies, like the supply chain or the capital markets academy.
Before classes even begin, students connect in MBA Orientation through Cohort Olympics which encourage bonding and healthy competition. Then, all first years are assigned a study team of 4-6 classmates from their cohort.
Tepper has pioneered a new way of studying business, favoring the "management science" method over the traditional case-study method. This approach emphasises the use of data and statistics in decision-making. Today, some form of its original academic model is taught at every leading business school.
Judy Olian was named dean of Anderson in 2005 after five years at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. The Australian-born Olian is one of the few women running a top business school. Anderson touts that its mindset is global and forward-focused.