Darden teaches using the case method. All first-year students are placed into 60-65-person sections, which take classes together and compete against other sections in everything from bowling to canned-food drives.
The curriculum includes four major tenets: confidence without attitude, beyond yourself, question the status quo and students always. Global business is part of many courses, and students are encouraged to take advantage of international opportunities to spend a semester abroad, plan study trips to other countries, and serve as consultants through the International Business Development program.
After taking core classes during their first semester, Johnson students jump into immersion learning in their second semester, focusing on just one field to prepare for summer internships. The school has a Tech MBA with the program located in Google’s building in Manhattan.
Sloan students choose to specialize in one of three fields: entrepreneurship and innovation, finance or enterprise management. The university hosts three entrepreneurship competitions, the Pitch, Accelerate and Launch Contests, that dole out over $350,000 in prize money each year.
Founded in 1881, Wharton is the oldest U.S. business school and second-largest behind Harvard. Students at Wharton can choose from 19 majors and about 200 electives. Wharton offers dual-degree programs with seven other schools at Penn, and joint programs with Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Yale developed the raw case approach, a teaching method that replicates the way individuals access information in the real world. Rather than being handed a 10-page narrative with a single decision point, students are presented with extensive data, often more than is needed, about a real situation accessed on a web-based platform. Students must then work together to sift through to build their analysis.
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.
Columbia Business School celebrated its centennial in 2015. Finance and Economics is the largest division of CBS, offering nearly half the courses at the school. Its star professor is Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics. Nearly half the entering class comes from the financial services and consulting industries.
Founded in 1898, Booth is one of the oldest schools in the United States. Nine Booth faculty members and alums have won the Nobel Prize in economics since 1982. The curriculum has only one required course - Leadership Effectiveness and Development.
Tuck is one of the top schools in the U.S. for consulting. All first-year students must complete a major project in which they consult for startups, corporations or non-profits. Students can also take an elective course called OnSite Global Consulting, in which they work as consultants for overseas companies and NGOs.
It is harder to get into Stanford than any other business school in the world. The school's acceptance rate is the lowest in the world. One aspect that makes Stanford unique is that all students are required to go abroad, either on short trips with other students or on longer stays during the summer.
The biggest selling point of the Smith full-time MBA is its team-based approach. Students are divided into groups selected by behavioral psychologists for diversity and 50% of course marks are awarded for team performance. Each team also has a dedicated coach and team boardroom to work in.
Set on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, IMD prides itself on real-world education during its one-year intensive program. To learn about corporations, students complete consulting projects in Switzerland. To learn about entrepreneurship, they work with local startups. To study international business, students work with international companies and can spend two weeks in a foreign country.
Based in Madrid, IE focuses on international business and draws students from all over the world. Just 8% of the 2018 class came from Spain. Twenty-five percent came from Europe, 21% from South America, 20% from North America and 16% from Asia.
The famous British university that dates back to the 13th century established its business school in 1990. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the business school’s central building in 1995. The school also opened three other buildings named the Ark, the Gallery and the Castle. Located in Cambridge, England - a half-hour train ride outside of London - the school sits in a burgeoning tech hub.
Ross School of Business boasts the largest cohort of veterans and teachers to date. Ross's signature Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) course is the sole focus of a first-year student's winter term. Working with a team of peers and faculty advisers, students spend seven weeks on a full-time, real-world project of a sponsor organization and are required to deliver outcomes tied to recommendations.
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.
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).
Headquartered in Singapore with programs across Southeast Asia, NUS hopes to train the next leaders of Asia’s major companies. NUS professors come from universities all over the world, including Oxford, Harvard and MIT.
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.
Founded under an agreement between the European Union and the Chinese government in 1994, CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) calls itself mainland China’s leading business school.
Founded in 1881, HEC Paris is one of the oldest business schools in the world. HEC sits on a 300-acre campus on the outskirts of Paris. The school opened a new high-tech MBA building in 2012.
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.
Fisher was one of the first MBA programs to launch an outside-the-classroom leadership and professional development program, which includes a corporate mentor program. As part of the school's global curriculum requirement, students participate in the Global Applied Projects program focused on a different region of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas.
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.
First-year students take their core classes with a cohort of about 50 students before taking on a summer internship and then filling their second year with electives from over 100 courses. The school offers 9 joint MBA degrees.
Carey prides itself on its reputation as a place "Where Business Is Personal" and backs that up by offering small classes and team-based learning. To navigate the ever-changing business world and foster innovation, its Fast Forward MBA curriculum remains flexible and is constantly re-examined based on the hiring needs of companies.
Katz was the first business school in the world to offer a 1-year MBA program but has shifted its focus to the 2-year program over the past decade. The school emphasizes entrepreneurship and real-world learning. Students often do field projects, in which sponsoring companies pay them to complete projects for the company.
Nestled in Salt Lake, Eccles draws the majority of its class from the Rocky Mountain region. It's full-time MBA program offers dual degrees in engineering, healthcare administration, law, and medicine, and concurrent degrees in information systems and business analytics.
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.
Georgetown bookends its traditional curriculum with two global learning requirements. All students spend their first three weeks on campus taking a course called Structure of Global Industries, which serves as the basis for the rest of their studies.
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.
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.
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.
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