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Top 10 MBA Colleges & Universities

Business Week Magazine does an annual ranking survey for the best business schools, providing a fresh perspective to consider alongside the well known and widely quoted survey conducted by US News and World Report. Business Week's Top Ten:

1.University of Chicago
2.Harvard
3.Northwestern University
4.University of Pennsylvania
5.University of Michigan
6.Stanford
7.Columbia
8.Duke
9.MIT
10.University of California/Berkeley

The 2010 rankings from US News and World report for the best MBA programs differs slightly, including three schools not found in the Business Week top ten MBA list: the University of Chicago, Dartmouth, and Yale. All of these schools have both full time and part time MBA programs, and many offer an executive MBA program (EMBA) that is an accelerated program made available to college graduates who meet certain requirements.

Consider these the top thirteen, then, from respected surveys for academic excellence. Tuition costs at any of them will be prohibitive: there are just two public schools on the list, Berkeley and University of Michigan, and their tuition fees are $30,000 and $40,000 respectively.

It has become common for MBA programs to offer areas of concentration - a sort of major within an MBA program. Options include business degrees in finance, in e-commerce, in supply chain management and several other fields of expertise critical in the corporate workplace today.

Business Week does not rank online MBA schools but lists about fifty online programs which are accredited and offer a comprehensive choice of focus areas and a good faculty. They include Penn State's World Campus, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Walden University.

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