Best universities for business degrees 2019
Find the best universities for business degrees using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
Studying a business degree, whether at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, is a common first step into a range of vocations.
Where to study business is an important decision for prospective students, so Times Higher Education has published a world ranking of business and economics degrees.
The subject ranking for business includes more than 500 universities in 62 countries.
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Although the US dominates the ranking, universities in the UK and across Asia also do particularly well.
The UK has four universities in the top 20 as well as two Asian institutions.
Canadian, Dutch and Australian schools also perform well for business and economics degrees.
The ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but with slightly more weight given to teaching and research metrics and slightly less to citations. The full methodology can be found here.
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Top 5 universities for business and economics degrees
The Sloan School of Management, also known as MIT Sloan, offers business programmes at the university.
In addition to MBA courses, executive training programmes and other postgraduate degrees, the school also teaches undergraduates through “Course 15”, which provides business skills to students with a technical and quantitative background.
The classes feature problem sets that make use of real-world business cases, approaching them with scientific methodology. The course also provides opportunities to do research and take part in entrepreneurship competitions.
Business courses at MIT cover a variety of topics, including operations research, consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, product development and marketing.
There is an emphasis on innovation across all these topics. Many influential new ideas in business, including the field of system dynamics, were born out of work at the Sloan School.
MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, next door to Harvard, it is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Stanford’s graduate business school admits students for MBA, PhD, master’s and executive degrees.
The school’s dean is Jonathan Levin, a renowned expert in industrial organisation.
In 2006, the school received what was then the largest endowment ever given to a business school: $105 million from Phil Knight, an alumnus and the founder of Nike.
The business school at Stanford is known to be the most selective in the US, based on the competition for acceptance on to a course. Typically, less than 7 per cent of applicants secure a place.
Postgraduate students can also take joint degrees at other schools, combining business with subjects such as earth sciences, education and law.
Although there is no specific business and management programme for undergraduates, students can choose to major in economics, international relations or management science and engineering.
Undergraduate business students at the University of Oxford study economics and management within the traditional degree framework, largely taught in small group tutorials.
Oxford’s academic department for business is the Saïd Business School, which teaches across business, management and finance.
The school is 20 years old – fairly new compared with other prestigious business schools around the world.
Current dean Peter Tufano was at Harvard Business School before going to Oxford.
The postgraduate programmes on offer include the popular MBA programme, an executive MBA programme, a PhD in management studies and master’s degrees in financial economics, law and finance and strategic management.
MBA students can also extend their one-year degree to combine the course with one of the specialised master’s programmes.
All business students are members of an Oxford college and participate in university life outside the business school. Not all colleges accept business students but the majority do.
The University of Cambridge is made up of 29 separate colleges.
The university is also home to over 100 libraries, which hold more than 15 million books in total.
Business and economics degrees are generally taught at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Courses include the MBA, master of finance, master of accounting and a number of MPhil programmes.
Duke University is a private university located in North Carolina in the US. As of 2018, 13 Nobel Laureates and three Turing Award winners have been affiliated with the university.
The faculty teaches across 10 disciplines including accounting, marketing, economics, finance, management and health sector management. The Duke MBA offers several joint degree programmes with other subjects offered at the university, including medicine, law, environment and earth sciences, public policy and nursing.
There are also a number of research centres affiliated with the business school, which focus on leadership and ethics, social entrepreneurship, innovation, the environment and financial excellence.
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Top 200 universities for business and economics 2019
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|Business Rank 2019||Business Rank 2018||University||Country/Region|
|1||2||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||United States|
|2||1||Stanford University||United States|
|3||3||University of Oxford||United Kingdom|
|4||5||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|5||NR||Duke University||United States|
|6||10||University of California, Berkeley||United States|
|7||6||Harvard University||United States|
|8||NR||London School of Economics and Political Science||United Kingdom|
|9||NR||Yale University||United States|
|10||9||University of Pennsylvania||United States|
|11||7||University of Chicago||United States|
|12||8||Northwestern University||United States|
|13||11||Columbia University||United States|
|14||NR||University of California, Los Angeles||United States|
|=15||NR||University of Michigan||United States|
|=15||13||New York University||United States|
|17||16||National University of Singapore||Singapore|
|21||12||Cornell University||United States|
|22||14||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong|
|24||15||Carnegie Mellon University||United States|
|25||19||University of British Columbia||Canada|
|26||NR||The University of Tokyo||Japan|
|27||31||University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|=28||22||University of Toronto||Canada|
|30||=24||University of California, San Diego||United States|
|31||18||University of Minnesota Twin Cities||United States|
|32||=24||Erasmus University Rotterdam||Netherlands|
|=33||20||University of Mannheim||Germany|
|=33||23||University of Warwick||United Kingdom|
|35||30||Copenhagen Business School||Denmark|
|36||NR||University of Wisconsin-Madison||United States|
|37||26||University of Manchester||United Kingdom|
|38||NR||University of Washington||United States|
|38||39||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Hong Kong|
|39||NR||Johns Hopkins University||United States|
|41||=34||Dartmouth College||United States|
|42||43||University of Zurich||Switzerland|
|43||42||University of Melbourne||Australia|
|44||=32||Pennsylvania State University||United States|
|45||=34||Michigan State University||United States|
|46||=36||University of Texas at Austin||United States|
|47||=32||University of Southern California||United States|
|48||NR||Seoul National University||South Korea|
|49||=61||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|50||=36||Australian National University||Australia|
|51||46||Georgia Institute of Technology||United States|
|52||52||Chinese University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|53||67||Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées||France|
|55||NR||Ohio State University||United States|
|56||38||Boston University||United States|
|=57||NR||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||United States|
|=57||=40||Pompeu Fabra University||Spain|
|59||44||Arizona State University||United States|
|=60||50||University of Sussex||United Kingdom|
|63||57||Boston College||United States|
|64||=40||Indiana University||United States|
|65||78||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore||Singapore|
|66||45||University of Virginia||United States|
|67||49||University of Maryland, College Park||United States|
|69||NR||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||United States|
|70||55||University of New South Wales||Australia|
|72||79||Texas A&M University||United States|
|=73||=76||University of Queensland||Australia|
|=73||63||University of St Gallen||Switzerland|
|=76||65||University of Groningen||Netherlands|
|=76||=81||Washington University in St Louis||United States|
|78||66||City University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|79||=68||Korea University||South Korea|
|81||64||Rice University||United States|
|82||51||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|83||=76||University of Vienna||Austria|
|=84||101–125||Shanghai Jiao Tong University||China|
|87||75||University of Nottingham||United Kingdom|
|88||151–175||Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris||France|
|90||60||Lancaster University||United Kingdom|
|91||NR||Hebrew University of Jerusalem||Israel|
|92||101–125||Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)||South Korea|
|93||91||Polytechnic University of Milan||Italy|
|=94||NR||University of Florida||United States|
|=94||=68||Université Catholique de Louvain||Belgium|
|97||NR||King’s College London||United Kingdom|
|99||101–125||Queensland University of Technology||Australia|
|=100||71||City, University of London||United Kingdom|
|=100||89||University of Lausanne||Switzerland|
|101–125||NR||University of Alberta||Canada|
|101–125||=85||Aston University||United Kingdom|
|101–125||=92||Autonomous University of Barcelona||Spain|
|101–125||94||Case Western Reserve University||United States|
|101–125||NR||Emory University||United States|
|101–125||126–150||University of Exeter||United Kingdom|
|101–125||=68||Free University of Berlin||Germany|
|101–125||101–125||George Washington University||United States|
|101–125||101–125||Higher School of Economics||Russian Federation|
|101–125||176–200||Kyung Hee University||South Korea|
|101–125||54||University of Leeds||United Kingdom|
|101–125||126–150||Lomonosov Moscow State University||Russian Federation|
|101–125||101–125||University of Massachusetts||United States|
|101–125||101–125||University of Montreal||Canada|
|101–125||=87||National Taiwan University||Taiwan|
|101–125||101–125||Renmin University of China||China|
|101–125||NR||Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey||United States|
|101–125||126–150||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna||Italy|
|101–125||101–125||University of St Andrews||United Kingdom|
|101–125||90||University of Surrey||United Kingdom|
|101–125||83||University of Sydney||Australia|
|101–125||126–150||University of Twente||Netherlands|
|126–150||73||University of Arizona||United States|
|126–150||101–125||University of Bath||United Kingdom|
|126–150||=85||University of California, Irvine||United States|
|126–150||=92||Cardiff University||United Kingdom|
|126–150||101–125||University of Colorado Boulder||United States|
|126–150||101–125||Durham University||United Kingdom|
|126–150||NR||University of Geneva||Switzerland|
|126–150||97||Georgia State University||United States|
|126–150||126–150||University of Glasgow||United Kingdom|
|126–150||176–200||University of Hamburg||Germany|
|126–150||151–175||Iowa State University||United States|
|126–150||NR||University of Miami||United States|
|126–150||101–125||Northeastern University||United States|
|126–150||101–125||Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1||France|
|126–150||NR||University of Rochester||United States|
|126–150||126–150||Royal Holloway, University of London||United Kingdom|
|126–150||151–175||University of Sheffield||United Kingdom|
|126–150||126–150||Simon Fraser University||Canada|
|126–150||176–200||University of South Australia||Australia|
|126–150||126–150||Sun Yat-sen University||China|
|126–150||126–150||University of Technology, Sydney||Australia|
|126–150||126–150||Tel Aviv University||Israel|
|126–150||=87||Temple University||United States|
|126–150||95||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|126–150||101–125||University of York||United Kingdom|
|151–175||126–150||University of Antwerp||Belgium|
|151–175||101–125||University of Auckland||New Zealand|
|151–175||96||University of Bologna||Italy|
|151–175||101–125||University of Bristol||United Kingdom|
|151–175||151–175||University of Canterbury||New Zealand|
|151–175||151–175||Chalmers University of Technology||Sweden|
|151–175||NR||University of Cologne||Germany|
|151–175||126–150||University of Essex||United Kingdom|
|151–175||=99||Georgetown University||United States|
|151–175||101–125||University of Konstanz||Germany|
|151–175||151–175||Université Libre de Bruxelles||Belgium|
|151–175||176–200||University of Malaya||Malaysia|
|151–175||126–150||National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)||Taiwan|
|151–175||101–125||University of Navarra||Spain|
|151–175||=99||University of Notre Dame||United States|
|151–175||NR||University of Pittsburgh||United States|
|151–175||151–175||Radboud University Nijmegen||Netherlands|
|151–175||NR||Sejong University||South Korea|
|151–175||126–150||University of Strathclyde||United Kingdom|
|151–175||101–125||University of Texas at Dallas||United States|
|151–175||151–175||Trinity College Dublin||Republic of Ireland|
|176–200||NR||University of Cape Town||South Africa|
|176–200||126–150||Carlos III University of Madrid||Spain|
|176–200||NR||University of Deusto||Spain|
|176–200||151–175||University College Dublin||Republic of Ireland|
|176–200||126–150||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom|
|176–200||176–200||University of Erlangen-Nuremberg||Germany|
|176–200||126–150||University of Georgia||United States|
|176–200||151–175||University of Illinois at Chicago||United States|
|176–200||NR||King Saud University||Saudi Arabia|
|176–200||176–200||Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)||South Korea|
|176–200||126–150||University of Newcastle||Australia|
|176–200||176–200||Newcastle University||United Kingdom|
|176–200||151–175||NOVA University of Lisbon||Portugal|
|176–200||126–150||University of Reading||United Kingdom|
|176–200||151–175||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|176–200||101–125||University of South Carolina||United States|
|176–200||126–150||University of Southern Denmark||Denmark|
|176–200||NR||Vanderbilt University||United States|
|176–200||201+||Washington State University||United States|
|176–200||176–200||University of Western Australia||Australia|
|176–200||201+||University of Wollongong||Australia|
|176–200||126–150||Yonsei University (Seoul campus)||South Korea|