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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