Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant

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)
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