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The Best Speciality MBA Programs in the U.S.

The Best Speciality Business Schools

In college you had to pick a major, which may or may not have had an impact on what you actually did after graduating. In business school, it’s a different story. The concentration or track you choose in business school largely determines the kind of job you’ll get after you obtain your MBA. This makes sense as business school, like most graduate programs, is about obtaining specialized knowledge and skills and making connections that will help you pursue a particular career path.

Business school should be approached as a necessary step on a journey towards a specific destination — perhaps to direct marketing for a fortune 500 company or follow your passion to become a serial entrepreneur or change industries to go into supply chain and logistics. Your choice in where to attend should correspond to what you want to go on to accomplish after business school.  There’s more schools with stellar programs than just the well-known institutions, especially when you sort by specialities. Who would have thought to see Georgia State sandwiched between Wharton and Stanford in a top-10 listing?

We’ve reproduced U.S. News’ business school rankings for speciality programs along with GMAT data to show the current best schools in finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, management, accounting, information systems, nonprofit, supply chain and logistics, and product and operations in the U.S.

Finance

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
2 University of Chicago (Booth) 724
3 New York University (Stern) 721
4 Columbia University 716
5 Stanford 732
6 MIT (Sloan) 713
7 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) 717
8 University of California – Los Angeles 714
9 Northwestern (Kellogg) 713
9 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706

Entrepreneurship

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 Babson College (Olin) 641
2 Stanford 732
3 MIT (Sloan) 713
4 Harvard University 726
5 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) 717
6 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
7 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
8 University of Texas – Austin (McCombs) 700
9 Indiana University- Bloomington (Kelley) 669
10 University of Southern California (Marshall) 690

Marketing

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 Northwestern University (Kellogg) 713
2 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
3 Stanford University 732
4 Harvard University 726
5 Duke University (Fuqua) 697
6 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
7 Columbia University 716
8 University of Chicago (Booth) 724
9 New York University (Stern) 721
10 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) 717

Management

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 Harvard 726
2 Stanford 732
3 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
4 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
5 Northwestern (Kellogg) 713
6 Dartmouth College (Tuck) 716
7 University of Virginia (Darden) 706
8 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) 717
9 Columbia University 716
9 Duke University (Fuqua) 697

Accounting

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 University of Texas – Austin (McCombs) 700
2 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
1 University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign 666
4 University of Chicago (Booth) 724
5 Stanford University 732
6 Brigham Young University (Marriott) 667
7 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
8 New York University (Stern) 721
9 University of Southern California (Marshall) 690
10 Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) 669
10 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) 700

Information Systems

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 MIT (Sloan) 713
2 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) 693
3 University of Arizona (Eller) 646
3 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Carlson) 689
5 University of Texas – Austin (McCombs) 700
6 University of Maryland – College Park (Smith) 668
7 New York University (Stern) 721
8 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
9 Georgia State University (Robinson) 554
10 Stanford University 732

Non-Profit

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 Yale 722
2 Stanford 732
3 University of California – Berkeley (Haas) 717
4 Harvard University 726
5 Northwestern University (Kellogg) 713
6 Columbia University 716
6 Duke University (Fuqua) 697
6 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
9 New York University (Stern) 721

Supply Chain/Logistics

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 MIT (Sloan) 713
2 Michigan State University (Broad) 665
3 Arizona State University (Carey) 672
4 Ohio State University (Fisher) 664
5 Pennsylvania State University (Smeal) 657
6 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) 693
7 Stanford University 732
8 University of Tennessee – Knoxville 612
9 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
10 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728

Production/Operations

 

Ranking School Average GMAT
1 MIT (Sloan) 713
2 Carnegie Mellon University 693
3 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross) 706
4 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 728
5 Stanford University 732
6 Northwestern University (Kellogg) 713
7 Purdue University – West Lafayette (Krannert) 631
8 Harvard University 726
9 Columbia University 716
10 Ohio State University (Fisher) 664

 

6 Comments

  1. Josh Coffin says:

    Any chance you could do this for HR MBA’s?

  2. Josh Coffin says:

    Any chance you could do this for HR MBA’s??

    • LTG Exam Team says:

      Hey Josh,

      Good suggestion, especially since finding info and rankings for MBAs with HR concentrations is difficult. Because HR accounts for a small portion of the jobs MBA graduates go into, not many organizations provide data or rankings on this speciality.

      However, that doesn’t mean there are not any good HR MBA programs out there. A good place to start is this blog post. It’s a little old, but the programs it ranks are worth looking into.

      Hope this helps!

      -The Prep4GMAT team

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