Best universities for business degrees 2022

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

October 13 2021
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Top 10 universities in the world for business degrees

Scroll down for the full list of best universities in the world for business degrees.

Business Rank 2022 Business Rank 2021 University Country/region
=1 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
=1 1 Stanford University United States
3 3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
4 4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
5 5 Harvard University United States
6 9 University of California, Berkeley United States
7 6 The University of Chicago United States
8 8 Yale University United States
9 7 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
10 10 Duke University United States

Choosing where to study business is an important decision for prospective students, so Times Higher Education has published a world ranking of business and economics degrees.

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The subject ranking for business includes 795 universities in 62 countries.

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The majority of the top 20 universities in the business ranking are US colleges, with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the top.

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

The UK has five universities in the top 20, which also features two institutions from two Asian territories.

Canadian, Dutch and Australian 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. The complete methodology can be found here.

Scroll down for a full list of degrees covered by the ranking and the career paths that they open up.

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5. Harvard University

-Harvard University’s Business School is one of the most prestigious postgraduate business schools in the world. 
-The school offers a two-year MBA with a focus on real-world practice. There are also eight doctoral programmes leading to a PhD or DBA.

At the moment Harvard does not offer an undergraduate business programme, but students are able to study economics at undergraduate level. There are also summer programmes for undergraduates. These range from a one-day taster of the MBA programme to a 10-week course on research into markets and organisation. 

4. University of Oxford

-Undergraduate business students at the University of Oxford study economics and management within the traditional degree framework, and they are taught primarily in small group tutorials.
-Oxford’s academic department for business is the Saïd Business School, which teaches business, management and finance.

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

The current dean, Peter Tufano, was at Harvard Business School before joining Oxford.

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. Although not all colleges accept business students, the majority do.

3. University of Cambridge

-The University of Cambridge is made up of 29 separate colleges.
-The university is also home to more than 100 libraries, which hold a total of more than 15 million books.

Business and economics degrees are generally taught at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Courses include the MBA, Master of Finance, Master of Accounting and a number of MPhil programmes.

The business school has developed partnerships with companies in the private sector to facilitate collaborations. Business students are given the opportunity to work with the university’s partners on business and research projects. Students can also make the most of the nearby incubators, science parks and innovation centres.

The business school is home to the Entrepreneurship Centre, the Centre for Business Research, and the Psychometrics Centre.  

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=1. 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 Phil Knight, an alumnus and the founder of Nike.

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

Postgraduate students can take joint degrees with 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.

=1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

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 provides business skills to students with a technical and quantitative background.

The classes feature problem sets that make use of real-world business cases, tackling them with scientific approaches. The course also provides opportunities to conduct research and take part in entrepreneurship competitions.

Business courses at MIT cover a variety of topics, 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.

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Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2022 profile

Business Rank 2022 Business Rank 2021 University Country/region
=1 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
=1 1 Stanford University United States
3 3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
4 4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
5 5 Harvard University United States
6 9 University of California, Berkeley United States
7 6 The University of Chicago United States
8 8 Yale University United States
9 7 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
10 10 Duke University United States
11 17 Tsinghua University China
12 11 University of Pennsylvania United States
13 13 Northwestern University United States
14 18 Columbia University United States
15 14 National University of Singapore Singapore
17 15 New York University United States
18 16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
19 19 University of California, Los Angeles United States
20 20 UCL United Kingdom
21 12 ETH Zurich Switzerland
22 21 Peking University China
23 23 Cornell University United States
24 22 University of Warwick United Kingdom
25 =29 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
26 25 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
27 26 Carnegie Mellon University United States
28 24 University of Toronto Canada
=29 =29 Copenhagen Business School Denmark
=29 33 The University of Tokyo Japan
31 32 University of Manchester United Kingdom
32 27 University of California, San Diego United States
33 =29 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
34 36 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
35 28 University of British Columbia Canada
36 35 University of Minnesota United States
=37 34 Boston University United States
=37 37 Tilburg University Netherlands
=39 41 The University of Queensland Australia
=39 42 University of Southern California United States
41 43 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
42 39 University of Mannheim Germany
43 40 University of Melbourne Australia
44 49 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
45 38 University of Washington United States
46 44 LMU Munich Germany
47 =51 University of Zurich Switzerland
48 48 Dartmouth College United States
49 58 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
=50 =51 University of Texas at Austin United States
=50 47 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
52 50 Michigan State University United States
=53 =69 Johns Hopkins University United States
=53 =67 Monash University Australia
=55 =73 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
=55 64 Technical University of Munich Germany
=55 57 UNSW Sydney Australia
58 59 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
59 66 University of St Gallen Switzerland
60 =53 Aalto University Finland
61 61 University of Surrey United Kingdom
62 63 KU Leuven Belgium
63 =75 Kyoto University Japan
64 82 McGill University Canada
=65 65 University of Leeds United Kingdom
=65 97 Seoul National University South Korea
=67 55 University of Bonn Germany
=67 95 Zhejiang University China
=69 =45 Indiana University United States
=69 =73 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
71 =67 Fudan University China
=72 62 Maastricht University Netherlands
=72 =53 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
74 =45 University of California, Davis United States
75 =69 Lund University Sweden
76 98 University of Montreal Canada
77 =84 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
78 126–150 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
79 101–125 King’s College London United Kingdom
80 =69 Australian National University Australia
81 87 University of Vienna Austria
82 60 Penn State (Main campus) United States
=83 80 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
=83 81 University of Groningen Netherlands
85 83 Lancaster University United Kingdom
86 =84 University of Florida United States
87 88 Washington University in St Louis United States
=88 101–125 Nanjing University China
=88 56 Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
90 78 Boston College United States
91 77 University of Sussex United Kingdom
=92 =99 University of Twente Netherlands
=92 =99 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
94 72 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
95 89 Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa Italy
96 =92 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
97 =92 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
98 79 University of Maryland, College Park United States
99 101–125 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
100 101–125 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
101–125 =90 University of Alberta Canada
101–125 126–150 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
101–125 101–125 University of Bath United Kingdom
101–125 151–175 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
101–125 =90 Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées France
101–125 126–150 Ghent University Belgium
101–125 101–125 Griffith University Australia
101–125 176–200 Linköping University Sweden
101–125 126–150 Newcastle University United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
101–125 =99 Politecnico di Milano Italy
101–125 NR Universitat Ramon Llull Spain
101–125 126–150 Rice University United States
101–125 151–175 University of Rochester United States
101–125 =92 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
101–125 126–150 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
101–125 151–175 University of Southampton United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 Sun Yat-sen University China
101–125 86 University of Sydney Australia
101–125 101–125 Technical University of Berlin Germany
101–125 101–125 University of Technology Sydney Australia
101–125 96 Texas A&M University United States
101–125 151–175 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
101–125 =75 University of Virginia (Main campus) United States
101–125 126–150 University of Waikato New Zealand
126–150 101–125 Aston University United Kingdom
126–150 126–150 University of Bayreuth Germany
126–150 126–150 Beijing Normal University China
126–150 201–250 University of Bristol United Kingdom
126–150 101–125 Cardiff University United Kingdom
126–150 101–125 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
126–150 101–125 City, University of London United Kingdom
126–150 126–150 Durham University United Kingdom
126–150 176–200 University of Exeter United Kingdom
126–150 101–125 George Washington University United States
126–150 NR Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
126–150 151–175 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
126–150 101–125 University of Lausanne Switzerland
126–150 101–125 University of Massachusetts United States
126–150 201–250 University of Otago New Zealand
126–150 101–125 Queensland University of Technology Australia
126–150 151–175 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
126–150 101–125 University of Reading United Kingdom
126–150 126–150 Sejong University South Korea
126–150 201–250 Sichuan University China
126–150 126–150 University of South Australia Australia
126–150 151–175 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
126–150 151–175 Tongji University China
126–150 176–200 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
126–150 126–150 Western University Canada
151–175 101–125 University of Arizona United States
151–175 251–300 Asia University , Taiwan Taiwan
151–175 101–125 University of Auckland New Zealand
151–175 NR CY Cergy Paris University France
151–175 201–250 University of Canterbury New Zealand
151–175 176–200 Case Western Reserve University United States
151–175 126–150 Central South University China
151–175 201–250 Dublin City University Republic of Ireland
151–175 176–200 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 Free University of Berlin Germany
151–175 201–250 University of Georgia United States
151–175 151–175 University of Hamburg Germany
151–175 176–200 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
151–175 101–125 Korea University South Korea
151–175 176–200 Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT Finland
151–175 151–175 Macquarie University Australia
151–175 126–150 University of Malaya Malaysia
151–175 126–150 Northeastern University United States
151–175 101–125 University of Notre Dame United States
151–175 126–150 Renmin University of China China
151–175 NR University of Southern Denmark Denmark
151–175 151–175 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
151–175 126–150 Stockholm University Sweden
151–175 151–175 The University of Western Australia Australia
151–175 101–125 York University Canada
176–200 126–150 Aarhus University Denmark
176–200 126–150 University of Antwerp Belgium
176–200 176–200 Beijing Institute of Technology China
176–200 201–250 University of Bologna Italy
176–200 201–250 University of Colorado Boulder United States
176–200 201–250 Deakin University Australia
176–200 126–150 University of Essex United Kingdom
176–200 126–150 HSE University Russian Federation
176–200 201–250 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
176–200 251–300 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
176–200 151–175 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
176–200 151–175 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
176–200 151–175 NOVA University of Lisbon Portugal
176–200 151–175 University of Navarra Spain
176–200 151–175 University of Newcastle Australia
176–200 201–250 Osaka University Japan
176–200 201–250 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
176–200 126–150 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
176–200 201–250 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
176–200 151–175 Simon Fraser University Canada
176–200 176–200 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom
176–200 151–175 Temple University United States
176–200 201–250 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
176–200 176–200 Worcester Polytechnic Institute United States
176–200 126–150 University of York United Kingdom

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Editor's Note: This article was updated in January 2022 to reflect a change in the results. After the publication of the World University Rankings 2022, Imperial College London informed us that an incorrect distribution of their data at the subject level was considered for the ranking calculation. This matter was reviewed under our corrections policy and we agreed, at our discretion, to re-calculate Imperial College London’s score based on a corrected data submission at the subject level. The amendments have not affected Imperial College London’s rank in the World University Rankings, but have impacted their subject rankings in: Clinical and Health (4th after correction; it was 3rd before) and Physical Sciences (13th after correction; it was joint 11th before). Imperial College London previously did not appear in the Computer Science subject ranking but now features at 11th place, while it has been removed from the Business and Economics and Education subject rankings as it no longer meets the eligibility criteria for these tables.

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