Top 10 MBA Programs for a Career in Technology

The Top 10 MBA Programs for a Technology Specialization

Released today, the QS MBA by Specialization Rankings 2019 provide insight into the world’s top business schools and MBA programs for seven different areas of specialism.

Schools are ranked based on employer reputation and research strength for each of the seven areas, as well as the number of career placements MBA graduates from the school have achieved in the field. Each of these three indicators is assigned a score out of 100.

MIT Sloan School of Management has been ranked as the best business school in the world for specializing in technology, with 32 percent of its graduates going into a relevant industry. The complete top 10 can be found below.

QS MBA by Specialization Rankings 2019: Technology

Rank

School

Location

% of graduates going into relevant industry or function, based on 2017 employment data

1

MIT Sloan School of Management

Cambridge (MA)

32

2

Berkeley (CA)

37

3

Stanford (CA)

25

4

Los Angeles (CA)

30

5

Evanston (IL)

25

6

Cambridge, UK

40

7

London, UK

20

8

Ann Arbor (MI)

24

=9

Cambridge (MA)

16

=9

Philadelphia (PA)

16

 

=9) The Wharton School

The Wharton School

 

In joint ninth position in the rankings is the MBA program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The school achieved a perfect score for employer reputation and a near-perfect score for research strength. Around 16 percent of Wharton graduates went into the technology industry, an impressive feat for a school usually associated with finance.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the MBA program at Wharton is a two-year (20 month) program with tuition fees of US$157,896. Wharton’s Technology Club host an annual ‘Tech Week’, dedicated to bringing together students, faculty, alumni and professionals to find out about industry trends and career opportunities.

=9) Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Also in ninth place is the MBA program at Harvard Business School, which achieved a perfect score for employer reputation and a very high score for research strength. About 16 percent of HBS graduates went on to careers in technology- considering their large class sizes (around 928 students a year) this is quite a high proportion and was the third most popular career choice in 2018.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tuition fees for the 24-month program are US$146,880. HBS Class of 2018 MBA graduates who accepted job offers in the tech industry enjoyed median starting salaries of US$130,000, with most students taking jobs on America’s west coast.

8) Michigan Ross School of Business

Michigan (Ross)

Eighth in the table for MBAs specializing in technology is is the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. The program scored highly across all ranking indicators, particularly for research strength. Plus, 24 percent of Ross students went into careers in the technology industry post-graduation.

The program is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and takes two years to complete. The tuition fees (per year) are US$63,646 for Michigan residents and US$68,646 for non-Michigan residents. Ross graduates have been hired by an impressive range of tech companies worldwide, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Dell and Tesla.

7) London Business School

London Business School

In seventh place is the MBA program at London Business School. The school achieved a perfect score in employer reputation and high scores in the other ranking indicators. Around 20 percent of LBS graduates go into the technology industry, the third most popular career choice.

The two-year program in London (UK) has tuition fees of £82,000 (approx. US$108,782). Students will benefit from the school’s location, as London is a world tech hub, with Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout the home to Google’s European Headquarters, among others. LBS capitalizes on this with tech orientated field trips and ‘hackathons’.  

6) Judge Business School

Cambridge (Judge)

Placing in sixth position is the MBA program at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School. The school scored highly across all ranking indicators and sees 40 percent of their students going onto careers in technology, the highest proportion of any school in the top 10.

The MBA program at Cambridge is a one-year degree with tuition fees of £55,000 (approx. US$72,655). Students can choose to add a Digital Transformation concentration to their MBA program to make it more technology focused, and benefit from on-campus recruiting events with companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and IBM.

5) The Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern (Kellogg)

Fifth in the table is the MBA program at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. The school achieved high scores across all ranking indicators, including a perfect score for employer reputation. A quarter (25 percent) of Kellogg students went on to careers in the technology field.

The MBA program at Kellogg, located in Evanston, Illinois, offers both a one-year and two-year option. The tuition fee for the one-year program is US$$98,720 and for the two-year program it is US$143,088. Students have the option of adding a technology management pathway to their MBA program, including modules like Technology Marketing and Technology and Innovation Strategy.

4) UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA (Anderson)

Just missing out on a spot in the top three is the MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. The program was awarded perfect scores in two ranking categories: career placements and employer reputation. Around 30 percent of UCLA graduates went into jobs in technology, one of the highest proportions in the table.

The two-year program is located in Los Angeles, California. UCLA have an estimated MBA student budget of US$98,699 per academic year (subject to change). UCLA graduates going into technology can expect a median starting salary of US$123,000 and have previously been hired by companies including Intel, Adobe, Google and Apple.

3) Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford GSB

Taking the bronze medal position is the MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford scored highly across all ranking indicators, including a perfect score in employer reputation. In terms of employment, 25 percent of Stanford students went into the technology field post-graduation.

Based in Stanford, California, the two-year program has tuition fees of US$73,062 per academic year (US$146,124 in total). For those aspiring to a career in tech, Stanford is ideally located just a stone’s throw away from global tech hub Silicon Valley, and their Tech Club benefits from this location with guest speakers and recruiting events.

2) Haas School of Business

UC Berkeley (Haas)

In second place is the MBA program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  The school achieved high scores in all ranking indicators, including perfect scores for career placements and employer reputation. Around 37 percent of Haas students go into technology post-graduation, the second-highest proportion in the top 10.

Located in Berkeley, California, the two-year program has tuition fees of US$121,974 for California residents and US$122,844 for non-residents. Experiential learning is a big part of the MBA program, often with a focus on technology, such as Cleantech to Market (C2M), which evaluates the commercial viability of new technologies addressing climate change issues.

1) MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

Taking the top spot is the MBA program at MIT Sloan School of Management. It achieved very high scores in all ranking indicators, with perfect scores for employer reputation and career placements. A strong 32 percent of MIT students went into the technology field post-graduation.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 24-month program has tuition fees of US$148,400. If you want to pursue a career in technology, MIT is the place to be; the university’s full name is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after all! Students can join a variety of tech focused clubs, such as the Emerging Technology and Government Club, FinTech Club, Coders Club, and, of course, Technology Club.

 

Written by Julia Gilmore

Julia is a writer for TopMBA.com, publishing articles for business students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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