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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Schools

987 Colleges
$46,740 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Business Administration & Management School for You

In 2018-2019, 135,757 degrees and certificates were awarded to business administration and management students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Grad Degree Search has created the Best Business Administration & Management Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 987 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Business Administration & Management Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Business Administration

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Stanford University the best school in the United States for business administration and management students. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

The excellent programs at Duke University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brown University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The excellent programs at University of Chicago helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Out of the 987 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Dartmouth College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame ranked #6 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#9

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #10, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best business administration and management programs. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #12 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #13 on the list. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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#14

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best business administration and management programs. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

With a ranking of #15, Lehigh University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #16 on the list. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best business administration and management programs. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #18, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#19

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best business administration and management programs. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #20 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population.

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Stevens Institute of Technology came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hoboken.

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With a ranking of #22, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #23 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#24

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Babson College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the suburb of Wellesley, Babson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #25, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Business Administration & Management Schools

#27

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#28

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#30

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#31

New York University

New York, NY
#34

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#35

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#36

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#38

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
#40

Boston University

Boston, MA
#41

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#46

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#49

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#50

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Business Administration & Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 987 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
52 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
53 George Washington University Washington, DC
54 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
55 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
56 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
57 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
58 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
59 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
60 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
61 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
62 Endicott College Beverly, MA
63 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
64 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
65 Kettering University Flint, MI
66 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
67 University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA
68 Cleary University Howell, MI
69 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
70 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
71 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
72 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
73 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
74 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
75 Auburn University Auburn, AL
76 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
77 University of Delaware Newark, DE
78 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
79 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
80 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
81 Washington State University Pullman, WA
82 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
83 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
84 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
85 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
86 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
87 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
88 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
89 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
90 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
91 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
92 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
93 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
94 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
95 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
96 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
97 Iowa State University Ames, IA
98 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
99 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
100 Judson University Elgin, IL
101 Creighton University Omaha, NE
102 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
103 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
104 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
105 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
106 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
107 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
108 Baylor University Waco, TX
109 Fordham University Bronx, NY
110 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
111 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
112 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
113 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
114 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
115 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
116 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
117 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
118 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
119 American University Washington, DC
120 Providence College Providence, RI
121 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
122 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
123 Yeshiva University New York, NY
124 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
125 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
126 Drake University Des Moines, IA
127 Winona State University Winona, MN
128 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
129 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
130 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
131 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
132 Norwich University Northfield, VT
133 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
134 Clemson University Clemson, SC
135 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
136 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
137 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
138 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
139 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
140 Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
141 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
142 Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
143 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
144 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
145 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
146 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
147 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
148 University of San Diego San Diego, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Business Administration & Management students that almost earned our Best Business Administration & Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
149 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
150 University of Houston Houston, TX
151 Western New England University Springfield, MA
152 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
153 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
154 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
155 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
156 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
157 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
158 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
159 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
160 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
161 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
162 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
163 Seattle University Seattle, WA
164 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
165 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
166 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
167 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
168 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
169 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
170 DePaul University Chicago, IL
171 Champlain College Burlington, VT
172 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
173 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
174 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
175 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
176 Bradley University Peoria, IL
177 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
178 Towson University Towson, MD
179 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
180 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
181 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
182 Elon University Elon, NC
183 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
184 Illinois State University Normal, IL
185 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
186 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
187 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
188 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
189 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
190 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
191 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
192 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
193 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
194 Loras College Dubuque, IA
195 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
196 Minot State University Minot, ND
197 Truman State University Kirksville, MO

Business Administration & Management by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Business Administration & Management is one of 21 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 21,904
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14,136
Human Resource Management 10,770
General Business/Commerce 10,236
Finance & Financial Management 6,277

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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