Specialized Master’s At The Top 50 B-Schools

MIT Sloan School of Management - Ethan Baron photo

MIT Sloan School of Management – Ethan Baron photo

Everyone interested in a specialized master’s program at a U.S. business school runs into the same problem: the degrees have taken off so fast that information about them has not been consolidated into anything resembling the clearinghouses available for research into MBA programs.

Sorting out which U.S. B-school master’s programs are the best choices for a particular student can be difficult. No reliable rankings exist. U.S. News & World Report‘s rankings of specialty master’s programs are shallow and subjective, based only on survey responses from business school deans and directors of accredited master’s programs. The Financial Times rankings of finance and management master’s programs focus mainly on European schools.

And lest you stumble upon the host of specialized-master’s rankings at “TFE Times” and think they must be heaven sent, note the website’s other content, such as “Saving Your Pet With CPR,” “What If You Made Alien Contact?” and “222 Powerful Actions (sic) Verbs to Use in Resume.” (That type of distracting content, however, did not deter the Michigan State Broad College of Business from hyping, on its website, its No. 7 ranking from TFE for its business analytics program. Indeed, the Syracuse University Whitman School had its master of finance program director in October publicly salute his program’s No. 33 TFE ranking, and the University of Rochester Simon School lists its four spots in the TFE ranking among its placements alongside its rankings in U.S. NewsBloomberg BusinessWeek, and the Financial Times.)

To fill that gap, Poets&Quants has compiled important data for specialty master’s programs at the top 50 business schools in America. For the top 25 schools, we list all programs, the years they were started, their durations, and total program tuition. For schools 26 through 50, we list all programs. In the near future, Poets&Quants will publish a comprehensive list of specialized master’s programs at the top 100 schools, including durations and tuition.

Specialized Master’s Programs at the Poets&Quants Top 25 Business Schools, by rank:


School and ProgramStart YearDurationTotal Tuition
Harvard Business SchoolNoneN/AN/A
Stanford Graduate School of Business MSx Program1958 (as Sloan Master’s Program)1 year$121,040
University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessNoneN/AN/A
University of Pennsylvania Wharton SchoolNoneN/AN/A
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management: MS in Management Studies201310 months$48,000
Columbia Business School MS in Financial Economics20112 years$53,000
Columbia Business School MS in Marketing20101 year$55,800
MIT Sloan School of Management: MS in Management Studies (MBA or equivalent students of partner schools only)20091 year$65,750
MIT Sloan School of Management: Master of Finance20091 year; 18 months1 year: $75,850; 18 months: $100,350
U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business: Master of Financial Engineering20011 year$66,082
Dartmouth College Tuck School of BusinessNoneN/AN/A
Yale University School of Management: Master of Advanced Management (MBA graduates from partner schools only)20121 year$63,380
Duke University Fuqua School of Business: Master of Management Studies (also, MMS in partnership with Duke Kunshan University, China)2009 (2014 w/Duke Kunshan University)10 months$48,900 (160,000RMB for Chinese students in Duke Kunshan University)
University of Virginia Darden School of BusinessNoneN/AN/A
University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Master of Management201410 monthsIn-state: $44,510; out-of-state: $49,510
University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Master of Supply Chain Management20091 yearIn-state: $56,590; out-of-state: $61,590
University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Master of Accounting1983 (as 4+1 w/BBA); 1998 (standalone program)8 monthsIn-state: $44,800; out-of-state: $49,800
UCLA Anderson School of Management: Master of Financial Engineering200813.5 months$58,986
Cornell University Johnson School of ManagementNoneN/AN/A
NYU Stern School of Business: MS in Accounting201610 months$51,500 (expected)
NYU Stern School of Business: MS in Business Analytics (part-time)20131 year$68,750
NYU Stern School of Business: Global MS in Risk Management (part-time)20091 year$68,750
NYU Stern School of Business: MS in Global Finance (executive) 60% in China, 40% in U.S.20071 year$69,000
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School: Master of Accounting (also online version)1985 (2015 online)1 year (online: 15-36 months)In-state: $41,988; out-of-state: $59,801 (online: about $60,000)
  • Thanks for that suggestion. I’ll poke around and see what we can come up with.

  • Amy

    John, I’d love to see a listing of the MBA programs with regard to a Human Resources specialty. There’s a complete dearth of articles or rankings about this online, but an increasing number of HR professionals pursue an MBA to advance in the business.

  • Joe

    I think it’s worth mentioning that a lot of schools are adding these Masters to build our their faculty and courses. A smaller MBA program can effectively add classes and professors to their core program without growing the class by developing a finance or accounting masters.

  • dergo

    john, it’d be great to hear your thoughts on the MIT SDM program ? ist true that it is pretty much a technical MBA ?

  • Samuel

    It is offered by Engineering School and not under Sloan.

  • Samuel

    Sloan also has System Design and Management and Integrated Design Management programs which are more specialized degree.

  • WizK

    Why put stanford MSx here? it is for old folks. it is not specialized program.

  • Go

    Where is MIT SCM???

  • We are actually publishing a list of these programs at all top 100 business schools and by category to make it easier for our readers to find the best. Stay tuned.

  • Topofthepops

    …but Olin and Owen ARE second tier (well honestly 3rd or 4th tier behind the M7+Tuck/Haas and then the 9-14 schools plus the big state programs like McCombs and Anderson) for MBAs, thus why feature them?

  • joe

    this is obviously a marketing article.
    Olin and Owen are big MSF players and they’re not even mentioned in as much details as others. It implies that vanderbilt and wustl are in “second tier” of top 25, but MSU isn’t even on a good list.

    this is very sad.

  • Les Diables Bleus

    Who gives a hoot? Stop worrying about trivial nonsense such as who started what.

  • Jim

    Fordham pretty much started the broadening of the MS specialization. See 2014 P&Q story How MS degrees remade Fordham .