If you feel that your bachelor’s degree has gotten you just about as far as it can in the financial sector and you’re ready to move on to the next level, you may want to check out a few of the top-five finance programs in the country. With an MBA from one of these prestigious and top-ranked business schools, you can practically write your ticket into the upper echelon of the most competitive finance companies. Placed in the top-five by both Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News, these schools may be a challenge to get into, but they’re certainly worth the effort.
Ranked second by both Businessweek and U.S. News, the 18-month MBA program at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts is extremely competitive, and with a total cost of just over $120,000, also extremely expensive. With about 94% of the most recent graduating class receiving its first job offer by the time they got their degree and another 3% getting its first within three months (the last 3% didn’t report either way), you can feel fairly confident that the cost is a good investment. With an emphasis on gaining real-world experience through international study and immersion trips to real corporations, you can expect to graduate prepared for anything.
Ranked in first place by U.S. News and fifth by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in Stanford, California is a great choice for ambitious finance majors. Total cost for this 21-month program is just under $114,000, well worth it when you consider that 95% of the most recent class was offered a job within three months of graduation with a median base salary of $125,000, a signing bonus of about $20,000, and additional guaranteed compensation of about $40,000. This leadership-oriented program takes on the toughest business situations and immerses its students in them while videotaping sessions for critique. Stanford also offers the View from the Top seminar series where students get to learn from top executives.
Ranked fourth by Bloomberg Businessweek and tying for fourth and fifth place in U.S. News, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is one of the few top schools to also offer a part-time MBA program. With a total cost of $108,000 for this 22-month program and 85% of the most recent class having accepted jobs by the time it graduated, to say this program is a safe bet is an understatement. With a focus on real-world and global issues, students can also pursue accelerated and joint degrees.
Ranked third by Bloomberg Businessweek and tied for third and fourth in U.S. News, the 21-month program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia costs just over $114,000 to attend. Of the most recent class, 93% was offered its first job within three months of graduation. The program emphasizes leadership in and out of school through 25 research centers on campus as well as outdoor trips to places like Mount Kilimanjaro and Antarctica known as "ventures."
Although ranked tenth by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tied for third and fourth place in U.S. News. The 22-month program costs about $104,000 and has a focus on global issues. The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago tied for fourth and fifth in U.S. News, but Bloomberg Businessweek placed the program in the top spot. Also offering a part-time MBA program, this 21-month degree costs just under $110,000 total.