Best universities for business degrees 2017

Find the best universities for business degrees using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
September 28 2016

Studying a business degree, whether at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, is a common first step into a range of vocations.

So where to study business is an important decision for prospective students. For the first time, Times Higher Education has published a world ranking of business and economics degrees.

The subject ranking for business includes 100 universities across 21 different countries.


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The majority of the top 20 universities in the business ranking are American colleges, with MIT and Stanford at the very top.

Although the US dominates the ranking, universities in the UK and across Asia also do particularly well.

Three of the 13 Asian institutions in the ranking feature in the top 20, making Asia as represented in the highest positions as the UK, which also has three universities in the top 20.

Canadian, Dutch, Australian and German schools also perform well for business and economics degrees.

The ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but with slightly more weight given to teaching and research metrics and slightly less to citations.

Scroll down for a full list of degrees included in the business and economics ranking.


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Top five universities for business degrees

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1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Sloan School of Management, also known as MIT Sloan, offers business programmes at the university.

In addition to MBA courses, executive training programmes and other postgraduate degrees, the school also teaches undergraduates through "Course 15" which adds a business perspective to students with a technical and quantitative background.

The classes include problem sets that use real-world business cases and approaches them with a scientific methodology. The course also provides opportunities to do research and take part in entrepreneurship competitions.

Business courses cover a variety of topics at MIT, including operations research, consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, product development and marketing.

There is an emphasis on innovation across all these topics. Many influential new ideas in business, including the field of system dynamics, were born out of work at the Sloan School.

MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, next door to Harvard, it is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

2. Stanford University

Stanford’s graduate business school admits students for MBA, PhD, master’s and executive degrees.

The school’s dean is Jonathan Levin, a renowned expert in industrial organisation.

In 2006, the school received what was then the largest endowment ever given to a business school: $105 million from an alumnus and the founder of Nike.

The business school at Stanford is known to be the most selective in the US, determined by the competition for acceptance on to a course. Typically, fewer than 7 per cent of applications secure a place.

Postgraduate students can also take joint degrees at other schools, combining business with subjects such as earth sciences, education and law.

Although there is no specific business and management programme for undergraduates, students can choose to major in economics, international relations or management science and engineering.

3. University of Oxford

Undergraduate business students at Oxford study economics and management within the traditional degree framework, largely taught in college in small group tutorials.

Oxford’s academic department for business is the Saïd Business School, which teaches across business, management and finance.

The school is 20 years old – fairly new compared with other prestigious business schools around the world.

Current dean Peter Tufano was at Harvard Business School before going to Oxford.

The postgraduate programmes on offer include the popular MBA programme, an executive MBA programme, a PhD in management studies and master’s degrees in financial economics, law and finance and strategic management.

MBA students can also extend their one-year degree to combine the course with one of the specialised master’s programmes.

All business students are members of an Oxford college and participate in university life outside the business school. Not all colleges accept business students but the majority do.

4. University of Chicago

The business school at the University of Chicago – called the Chicago Booth School – is the second oldest business school in the US, and the first to offer the executive MBA programme.

Like the university more generally, the business school promotes a distinctive intellectual culture, approaching business studies by testing ideas and seeking proof of theories.

Seven faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for innovative ideas in the field of business.

The school also boasts relationships with corporations that enables career opportunities for the extensive alumni network.

Although most students are enrolled full-time, the MBA course can also be taken in evenings or on weekends.

Based on the class of 2015, graduates secured jobs with consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company, and other financial services or commercial firms such as Amazon, Bank of America Merril Lynch and Credit Suisse.

Undergraduates can also major in business studies to supplement the liberal arts curriculum. The courses run over three years after the first year of study and offer business skills training.

5. Harvard University

Harvard business school has a track record of aspiring business professors and people aiming to work in the sector.

Originally the school was conceived as a centre for diplomacy, based on the French grandes écoles system, but later developed into an academic department for business topics from banking to industrial progress.

The MBA at Harvard is a two-year residential programme, compared with one-year programmes elsewhere.

There is also an active community of business-minded undergraduates. The Harvard Undergaduate Women in Business society, formed by 10 undergraduates, organises conferences and events, and there is a summer programme run by the business school providing management training to undergraduates with business internships.

Harvard business school’s faculty is split into 10 units, ranging from accounting and management to marketing.

Notable alumni include Michael Bloomberg, previously mayor of New York City, Robert Kraft, chairman of The Kraft Group, and Ana Patricia Botín, CEO of Santander UK.


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Best universities for business and economics 2016-2017

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Rank 2016-2017

University

Country

 

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

2

Stanford University

United States

3

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

4

University of Chicago

United States

5

Harvard University

United States

6

Northwestern University

United States

7

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

8

University of California Berkeley

United States

9

University of Pennsylvania

United States

10

Columbia University

United States

11

Tilburg University

Netherlands

12

Cornell University

United States

13

National University of Singapore

Singapore

14

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

15

University of Minnesota

United States

16

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

17

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

18

Peking University

China

19

University of British Columbia

Canada

20

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

21

University of Toronto

Canada

22

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

=23

University of California, San Diego

United States

=23

University of Mannheim

Germany

25

Bocconi University

Italy

26

Pennsylvania State University

United States

27

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

28

The University of Texas at Austin

United States

29

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

30

LMU Munich

Germany

31

Tsinghua University

China

32

University of Southern California

United States

33

Michigan State University

United States

34

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States

35

Dartmouth College

United States

36

Australian National University

Australia

37

Arizona State University

United States

38

Université Fédérale de Toulouse

France

39

University of Melbourne

Australia

40

University of Virginia

United States

=41

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

=41

Boston University

United States

=43

Boston College

United States

=43

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

=45

McGill University

Canada

=45

University of Zurich

Switzerland

47

University of Bonn

Germany

48

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

49

Maastricht University

Netherlands

50

Purdue University

United States

51

University of Sydney

Australia

52

University of New South Wales

Australia

=53

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

=53

University of Groningen

Netherlands

55

University of Maryland, College Park

United States

56

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

57

Freie Universität Berlin

Germany

58

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)

Singapore

59

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

60

Lancaster University

United Kingdom

61

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

62

City University of London

United Kingdom

63

Monash University

Australia

64

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

65

Fudan University

China

66

Université Catholique de Louvain

Belgium

67

Western University

Canada

68

Texas A&M University

United States

69

University of Sussex

United Kingdom

70

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

71

University of St.Gallen

Switzerland

72

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

73

University of Queensland

Australia

74

École Polytechnique

France

75

York University

Canada

76

Korea University

South Korea

77

Temple University

United States

78

University of California, Irvine

United States

79

University of Lausanne

Switzerland

80

University of Auckland

New Zealand

81

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Netherlands

82

Aarhus University

Denmark

=83

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Russian Federation

=83

Rice University

United States

85

University of Surrey

United Kingdom

86

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Spain

87

Renmin University of China

China

88

Stockholm University

Sweden

=89

University of Massachusetts

United States

=89

University of Bath

United Kingdom

=89

Georgetown University

United States

92

Georgia State University

United States

93

Cardiff University

United Kingdom

=94

Aston University

United Kingdom

=94

University of St Andrews

United Kingdom

96

University of Vienna

Austria

97

Ghent University

Belgium

98

The University of Texas at Dallas

United States

99

University of Notre Dame

United States

100

University of Montreal

Canada

Business and economics degrees:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance

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