The 20 best US schools for business and management studies

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Global higher education research company QS Quacquarelli Symonds just released the 11th annual World University Rankings by Subject.

QS published lists for 51 academic subjects this year, covering a wide variety of disciplines that fall into five broad categories. This includes history, law, various types of engineering, and business and management studies.

To calculate a school’s overall score and rank them with other schools from across the globe, QS looks at the academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, and h-index for each school. QS describes the h-index as an index that is “based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.”

Weights for these four metrics varied by subject. The full methodology can be found on QS’ website.

Harvard and MIT both landed at the very top of the lists among US universities for twelve academic subjects. For the global business and management studies ranking, Harvard was No. 1 and MIT was No. 4. 

The following are the top 20 US schools from the business and management studies ranking, including where they placed on the overall list. All the various subject rankings and the full business and management studies table can be found on QS’ website.

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas Texas A&M University

Location: College Station, Texas

2021 ranking: 83

Overall score: 72.2

Read more about Texas A&M University on QS Top Universities.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University building

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2021 ranking: 79

Overall score: 72.7

Read more about Carnegie Mellon University on QS Top Universities.

Princeton University

princeton university campus
Empty campus of Princeton University on April 4, 2020.

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

2021 ranking: 74 (tie)

Overall score: 73.0

Read more about Princeton University on QS Top Universities.

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State University

Location: Centre County, Pennsylvania

2021 ranking: 72

Overall score: 73.2

Read more about Pennsylvania State University on QS Top Universities.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, Michigan

2021 ranking: 66 (tie)

Overall score: 73.8

Read more about Michigan State University on QS Top Universities.

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

2021 ranking: 54 (tie)

Overall score: 74.9

Read more about University of Texas at Austin on QS Top Universities.

Duke University

Duke University

Location: Durham, North Carolina

2021 ranking: 49

Overall score: 76.1

Read more about Duke University on QS Top Universities.

Cornell University

cornell university
Barnes Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Location: Ithaca, New York

2021 ranking: 47

Overall score: 76.8

Read more about Cornell University on QS Top Universities.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA buildings

Location: Los Angeles, California

2021 ranking: 29

Overall score: 79.9

Read more about UCLA on QS Top Universities.

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
University of Michigan.

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

2021 ranking: 27

Overall score: 80.8

Read more about University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on QS Top Universities.

University of Chicago

university of chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

2021 ranking: 23

Overall score: 82.0

Read more about University of Chicago on QS Top Universities.

Columbia University

columbia university

Location: New York City, New York

2021 ranking: 19

Overall score: 83.0

Read more about Columbia University on QS Top Universities.

Yale University


Location: New Haven, Connecticut

2021 ranking: 18

Overall score: 83.3

Read more about Yale University on QS Top Universities.

New York University (NYU)

NYU Stern

Location: New York City, New York

2021 ranking: 17

Overall score: 83.8

Read more about NYU on QS Top Universities.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Location: Evanston, Illinois

2021 ranking: 14

Overall score: 85.2

Read more about Northwestern University on QS Top Universities.

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

University Of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Location: Berkeley, California

2021 ranking: 13

Overall score: 86.7

Read more about UCB on QS Top Universities.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2021 ranking: 6

Overall score: 91.4

Read more about University of Pennsylvania on QS Top Universities.

Stanford University

Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

2021 ranking: 5

Overall score: 91.6

Read more about Stanford University on QS Top Universities.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

2021 ranking: 4

Overall score: 92.6

Read more about MIT on QS Top Universities.

Harvard University

harvard campus
The campus of Harvard Business School and Harvard University, July 26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 

2021 ranking: 1

Overall score: 97.0

Read more about Harvard University on QS Top Universities.

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