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2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools

723 Colleges
$63,907 Avg Salary
$38,713 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree School for You

Business, Management & Marketing is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 843,779 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 723 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Business, Management & Marketing

Our 2021 rankings named Massachusetts Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Stanford University is a great place for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

Out of the 723 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Duke University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

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#4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Chicago. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Out of the 723 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Pennsylvania landed the # 5 spot on the list. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

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#8

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #10 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a very large student population.

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#12

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

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#13

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of California - Los Angeles came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

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#19

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

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Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Hoboken, Stevens is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Lake Forest Graduate School of Management landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the suburb of Lake Forest, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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#22

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham.

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Washington University in St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#24

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #24, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #25, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools

#26

Babson College

Wellesley, MA
#29

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#30

New York University

New York, NY
#31

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#33

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#34

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#37

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#40

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#42

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#43

Boston University

Boston, MA
#45

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#47

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#48

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#49

Cleary University

Howell, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 723 different United States business, management and marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
52 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
53 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
54 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
55 George Washington University Washington, DC
56 University of Georgia Athens, GA
57 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
58 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
59 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
60 University of Delaware Newark, DE
61 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
62 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
63 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
64 Northeastern University Boston, MA
65 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
66 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
67 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
68 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
69 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
70 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
71 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
72 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
73 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
74 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
75 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
76 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
77 University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA
78 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
79 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
80 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
81 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
82 Auburn University Auburn, AL
83 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
84 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
85 Fordham University Bronx, NY
86 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
87 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
88 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
89 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
90 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
91 Bradley University Peoria, IL
92 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
93 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
94 Baylor University Waco, TX
95 American University Washington, DC
96 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
97 Judson University Elgin, IL
98 Yeshiva University New York, NY
99 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
100 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
101 Western New England University Springfield, MA
102 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
103 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
104 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
105 Illinois State University Normal, IL
106 Creighton University Omaha, NE
107 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
108 Washington State University Pullman, WA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Business, Management & Marketing students that almost earned our Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
109 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
110 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
111 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
112 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
112 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
114 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
115 Clemson University Clemson, SC
116 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
117 Drake University Des Moines, IA
118 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
119 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
120 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
121 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
122 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
123 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
124 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
125 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
126 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
127 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
128 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
129 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
130 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
131 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
132 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
133 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
134 University of Houston Houston, TX
135 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
136 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
137 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
138 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
139 Towson University Towson, MD
140 Winona State University Winona, MN
141 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
142 Norwich University Northfield, VT
143 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
144 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH

Business, Management & Marketing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Business, Management & Marketing Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Amit Savargaonkar.

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