Business Schools

Business Schools


ou may already know that business schools are special entities housed within bigger universities or managed as stand-alone institutions. They focus on research, training and educational activities in the sphere of business and management.

Universities and students have often referred to them by different names like MBA Colleges, School of Management, MBA universities, Management Institutes or simply B-schools.

Many offer degrees at the undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. Among the best business administration degrees, the most popular one awarded by business schools is the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Some of the subjects that they include in the academic curriculum and syllabus are: Economics, operations, marketing, finance, strategy, accounting and entrepreneurship. Read more about subjects in the business school syllabus that you are likely to study.

Among the variety of study abroad options available, business schools are very popular among international students due to their glamorous image, thanks to the range of opportunities and sky high salaries that many top business school graduates get after completing their course.


How to apply to Business Schools

The application process for the top ranking Bschools begins 1 year before the program start date. But there are several application requirements that you need to take care of before you get to the application stage.

For instance, the business school entrance exams such as GMAT, TOEFL which form part of the overall application require several months of preparation before you can take the tests. If you don’t get the score that you expected, you have the option of taking it again.

Here’s a primer on how to apply to and get into the best business schools.

Want to know which business schools may be interested in your profile? Fill this form and allow universities to review your profile.

Business School Rankings

With so many b-schools spread across the world, it can become very difficult for an international student to choose the best one. This is where rankings can help.

Though they have their drawbacks and critics, it’s a good way to start off your business school research and then filter them down to a few that match your career aspirations (Read How to research business school and MBA programs).

Be aware of their limitations. Don’t rely on them blindly to take decisions that have a life altering impact. It’s great to refer to external information and customise it based on your profile, your career aims and your finances.

We’ve collated a list of the most popular ones in the world in this business school ranking. Also check the MBA rankings for the best programs in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, India and other regions. Also read How important are MBA rankings?

Country Rankings for international students:

You may be interested in these MBA specialisation rankings:
Best MBA programs in Consulting
Best MBA programs in Finance
Best MBA programs in Marketing
Best MBA programs in Technology

Also find out more about the best countries for international students.

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Best MBA colleges in the world


Business School Resources

On our site, you’ll find a lot of resources to help you in your research and planning.

For starters, check out our blog which has business school articles that cover almost all the important questions that newbies and advanced applicants have.

We have categorised these articles into: bschool admissions advice, financing, interview tips, scholarships and MBA consultants. If you have a big appetite for devouring information, here’s our full list of Bschool and MBA articles.

Here’s a list of the best MBA books to cover test prep, admissions and careers.

You can also head over to our business schools forum to get an inside view of some of the best bschools globally or read about business school interview experiences.

We also have a discussion thread where we’re answering general questions about bschools, MBA, scholarships.

We’ve featured several good business schools on MBA Crystal Ball. Read what admissions officers and successful applicants have to share about the university, program and the application strategies.

When it gets too much to handle, let off some by checking out some MBA humour. Maybe our funny leadership quotes generator could make you sound like an MBA without going to bschool.

Business Schools in USA

Harvard Business School (HBS)
Stanford Graduate School of Business
– – What Stanford GSB looks for in MBA applicants
Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth University)
Columbia Business School
Kellogg School of Business
MIT Sloan School of Management
Chicago Booth School of Business
The Wharton School
– – All about the Wharton MBA
– – Wharton Lauder Institute
NYU Stern School of Business
Ross Business School
– – What Michigan Ross looks for in MBA applicants
UCLA Anderson School of Management
McCombs School of Business
Smeal School of Business
Rice MBA (Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business)
Carlson School of Management
McDonough School of Business (Georgetown University)
Darden Business School

Business Schools in Canada

Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto)
Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada)
Schulich School of Business

Business Schools in UK and rest of Europe

INSEAD (France, Singapore)
London Business School (LBS)
Cambridge Business School (Judge)
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Business Schools in China, Singapore, Hong Kong (Asia)

MBA in China for international students
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Best MBA in Singapore
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Best MBA in Hong Kong
HKU Business School (Hong Kong)
HKUST (Hong Kong)

Business Schools in India

Best MBA programs in India for executives
Indian School of Business (ISB)
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMA PGPX, IIMB EPGP, IIMC PGPEx)

Business School Admissions

The admissions process for the good bschools has become more intense than ever. It’s not just about cracking the GMAT and assuming that the Admissions Committee will roll out the red carpet. In fact, for Indian applicants, the bschool admission rates are the worst.

Each year we work with a handful of business school applicants to help them significant improve their chances of getting into elite programs and help them realise their dreams. Here’s a list of our business school counselling services.

It’s a tough road ahead. But for the talented ones who persevere, the rewards can be worth the effort.

Good luck!