10 Best Business Schools for an International MBA

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Earning an MBA in the U.S. doesn’t mean graduates have to stay in this country to work. Some schools allow students to take courses and participate in activities to teach them how to be business leaders abroad as well as in the States. Here are the 10 best business schools for getting an international MBA.

10. Duke University (Fuqua) (NC)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 875

U.S. News b-school rank: 10 (tie)

International edge: Starting in the summer after their first year in the MBA program, Duke MBA students may participate in the school’s Outgoing Exchange Program, which allows them to study abroad at an international business school.

Learn more about the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

9. Saint Louis University (Chaifetz)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 21

U.S. News b-school rank: Unranked

International edge: This business school is home to the Boeing Institute of International Business, an academic center that offers courses, lectures, professional events and a data center. The institute conducts research on international business and also releases publications related to this topic, including its Multinational Business Review.

Learn more about the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University.

8. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 832

U.S. News b-school rank: 10 (tie)

International edge: As part of the MBA Global Semester Exchange Program, Ross students can study abroad in Shanghai; Buenos Aires, Argentina; or a number of other international cities, according to the school’s website.

Learn more about the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

7. Columbia University (NY)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 1,297

U.S. News b-school rank: 6 (tie)

International edge: The Greater China Society, Latin America Business Association and African Business Club are a few of the many student groups available for students interested in business issues abroad, according to the Columbia website.

Learn more about the Columbia Business School.

6. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 590

U.S. News b-school rank: 6 (tie)

International edge: Students at Haas can serve as consultants through the school’s International Business Development program and spend up to three weeks overseas, according to the program’s website.

Learn more about the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.

5. Georgetown University (McDonough) (DC)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 541

U.S. News b-school rank: 24

International edge: Georgetown’s MBA program includes an international consulting project, where students collaborate for several months to find solutions to a problem faced by a company with business operations outside the U.S. The students subsequently take a weeklong international trip to their client’s country, where they present their findings and recommendations.

Learn more about the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

3 (tie). New York University (Stern)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 772

U.S. News b-school rank: 12 (tie)

International edge: Stern MBA students who specialize in global business can study global strategy, international social impact strategies and similar topics, according to the school’s website.

Learn more about the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.

3 (tie). University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 1,742

U.S. News b-school rank: 1

International edge: Through an exchange partnership with INSEAD Business School, MBA students can study at INSEAD campuses in France and Singapore and take advantage of the institution’s career management services, according to the Wharton website.

Learn more about the Wharton School at Penn.

2. Harvard University (MA)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 1,873

U.S. News b-school rank: 3 (tie)

International edge: First-year students at HBS are required to develop a new product or service for global partner organizations, which they also visit.

Learn more about Harvard Business School.

1. University of South Carolina (Moore)

Number of full-time students (2018-2019): 47

U.S. News b-school rank: 74 (tie)

International edge: Moore offers a language track for its International MBA students, which includes an immersion experience in France, Germany or Mexico.

Learn more about the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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Top international MBA programs

— 1. University of South Carolina (Moore)

— 2. Harvard University

— 3 (tie). New York University (Stern)

— 3 (tie). University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

— 5. Georgetown University (McDonough)

— 6. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)

— 7. Columbia University

— 8. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)

— 9. Saint Louis University (Chaifetz)

— 10. Duke University (Fuqua)

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10 Best Business Schools for an International MBA originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 04/10/19: This slideshow has been updated to include ranks and data from the 2020 U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings.

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