Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Nine Schools Break $200K Total Cost Barrier

Three years ago, NYU Stern was the first school to break the $200K barrier in total cost for an MBA. File photo


Most of the most-expensive MBA programs are at private schools, including all of the top nine. But No. 10, UCLA’s Anderson School, is not only the most-expensive public school, it also saw the biggest increase in cost by percentage, rising 13.6% from $170,982 last year to $194,220 — just a shade under that $200K threshold. Other schools with big increases include Wharton (9% to $218,900), Duke Fuqua (9.6% to $184,476, one year after actually posting a decline in total cost), and Harvard (8.5% to $213,600). After Anderson, the next costliest public is UC-Berkeley Haas, which saw a 7.6% increase to $183,342.

No school in the Top 25 posted a decrease in total cost, though Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business came closest, rising 2.3% to $141,920. Most of the schools that saw small increases in total cost — less than 3% — were on the bottom end of the Top 25 list, and therefore more affordable, such as the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business (2.4%, to $152,850), Notre Dame Mendoza (2.9%, to $146,576), and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management (2.6%, to $179,508). However, one high-cost school, MIT Sloan, also saw only a modest jump in total cost: 2.6%, from $196,028 last year to $201,028.

Indiana Kelley’s total cost increase was the most modest and the school itself is the cheapest in the Top 25, thanks to the lowest annual tuition ($47,127) and the low estimate of what it costs to live for a year in Bloomington, Indiana ($12,708). Even better would be to get in-state tuition, which would drop the total cost of a two-year MBA to just $100,196 — or half the cost of any of the top nine schools. It’s a fun game to play: What is the in-state cost versus the out-of-state at the next-cheapest school, the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business? $113,068 versus $146,028. But at Anderson, the costliest public school, it’s hardly worth the trouble of getting a California driver’s license: $190,862 in-state versus $194,220 out-of-state, a savings of less than $4,000.


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