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Top Business Schools

Top Business SchoolsTraditionally, business schools provide graduate level courses and degree programs focusing on the intricate details of running a large company or business. However, many schools now offer bachelor’s degree programs in similar subjects and, while the programs are generally less encompassing than their graduate level counterparts, they do provide the opportunity to study business. Business schools may offer a range of specializations such as finance, marketing and general management.

U.S. News & World Reportranked undergraduate business programs in 2012 based on a peer assessment survey and named the following as leading undergraduate business schools:

1.  University of Pennsylvania
2.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3.  University of California, Berkeley
3.  University of Michigan
5.  New York University

U.S. News & World Report also ranked graduate business programs in 2012 and named the following as among the leading online MBA programs, based on faculty credentials and training:

1.  Arkansas State University
2.  Clarkson University
3.  St. Joseph’s University
4.  Jones International University
5.  Northcentral University

Business careers

Primary careers for students of business school include marketing research, information security management, accounting and auditing, finance and human resource management. For more employment information, education requirements and in-depth salary statistics -- from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other reputable sources -- please visit the online business schools page.

Learn more about available business programs

When researching colleges and universities, make sure to verify that your choice of school is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council or by another accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or both. DETC and CHEA both provide a searchable list of approved schools.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Association of MBAs both accredit MBA granting institutions. Both the AACSB and the AMBA provide lists of approved schools.


Sources and further reading:

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education

The Distance Education and Training Council

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

O*NET Online

U.S. News & World Report

The Marketing Research Association

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Association of MBAs

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