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2021 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools

1,197 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.

The Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools ranking is one of many tools that Grad Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 1,197 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Business Administration & Management program at each school on the list.

Check out the business administration programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular school in the United States for business administration and management students. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Southern New Hampshire University is a great place for business administration and management students. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

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The excellent programs at University of Maryland Global Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. UMGC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Phoenix - Arizona is a great place for business administration and management students. UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

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#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The excellent programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Phoenix.

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#6

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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DeVry University - Illinois landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular business administration and management programs. DeVry University - Illinois is a large private for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#9

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular business administration and management programs. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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#12

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #12 on the list. Ashford University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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#13

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #13 on the list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#14

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Louisiana State University - Shreveport came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Shreveport, Louisiana State University - Shreveport is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#16

New York University

New York, NY

With a ranking of #16, New York University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for business administration and management students. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#17

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular business administration and management programs. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Southern California ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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With a ranking of #21, University of California - Los Angeles did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for business administration and management students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population.

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Strayer University - Global Region landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular business administration and management programs. Located in the city of Washington, Strayer University - Global Region is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #24, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for business administration and management students. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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University of Houston - Downtown ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Houston, UH Downtown is a public college with a large student population.

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#27

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#28

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA
#29

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#30

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#31

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#33

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#34

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#36

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#38

Babson College

Wellesley, MA
#40

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#41

Yale University

New Haven, CT
#42

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#44

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#45

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#46

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#48

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#49

Boston University

Boston, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1197 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
53 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
54 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
55 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
56 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
57 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
58 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
59 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
60 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
61 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
62 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
63 Trident University International Cypress, CA
63 Washington State University Pullman, WA
65 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
66 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
67 Brandman University Irvine, CA
68 Franklin University Columbus, OH
69 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
70 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
70 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
72 Rice University Houston, TX
73 Emory University Atlanta, GA
74 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
75 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
75 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
77 Ashland University Ashland, OH
78 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
79 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
80 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
80 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
82 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
83 Regis University Denver, CO
84 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
85 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
86 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
87 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
88 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
89 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
90 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
90 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
90 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
93 Champlain College Burlington, VT
94 George Washington University Washington, DC
94 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
96 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
97 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
98 Villanova University Villanova, PA
99 Park University Parkville, MO
100 University of Georgia Athens, GA
101 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
102 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
103 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
104 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
104 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
106 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
106 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
108 University of Dallas Irving, TX
109 Sofia University Palo Alto, CA
110 University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA
111 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
112 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
113 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
114 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
114 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
116 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
117 Hult International Business School Cambridge, MA
118 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
119 National University La Jolla, CA
119 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
121 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
122 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
123 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
123 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
125 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
126 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
126 Seattle University Seattle, WA
128 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
129 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
130 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
131 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
132 Westcliff University Irvine, CA
133 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
134 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
134 Fordham University Bronx, NY
136 Clemson University Clemson, SC
136 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
138 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
138 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
140 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
141 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
142 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
142 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
144 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
145 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
146 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
146 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
148 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
149 University of Houston Houston, TX
150 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
150 Auburn University Auburn, AL
152 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
152 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
152 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
152 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
156 Florida Institute of Technology - Online Melbourne, FL
157 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
157 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
159 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
160 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
160 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
160 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
163 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
163 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
165 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
166 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
167 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
167 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
169 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
169 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
169 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
172 Baylor University Waco, TX
172 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
174 Baruch College New York, NY
174 Northwood University Midland, MI
176 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
177 Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI
177 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
177 American University Washington, DC
177 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Business Administration & Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
181 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
181 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
181 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
184 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
185 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
185 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
187 Excelsior College Albany, NY
188 Husson University Bangor, ME
189 Monroe College Bronx, NY
190 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
190 DeVry University - California Pomona, CA
190 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
193 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
193 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
195 National American University - Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School Austin, TX
196 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
197 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
198 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
199 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
200 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
201 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
202 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
203 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
203 University of North Texas Denton, TX
205 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
206 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
206 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
208 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
209 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
209 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
211 Barry University Miami, FL
211 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
213 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
213 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
213 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
216 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
217 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
218 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
218 Norwich University Northfield, VT
220 Texas A&M University - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
220 Amberton University Garland, TX
220 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
223 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
224 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
225 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
226 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
226 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
228 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
228 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
230 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
230 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
232 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
232 DeVry College of New York New York, NY
234 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
234 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
234 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
234 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
234 Boise State University Boise, ID
234 University at Albany Albany, NY

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 26 schools only.

  • 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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