A-Z Best Business Schools: B

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Did you know there are 13,000 business schools on the planet? With so many options around the globe, it’s easy to see why choosing the perfect business school for you and your future career may seem daunting.

Here at TopMBA.com we thought we’d make it a little easier for you, so in this new series we’ll be profiling the top schools for every letter of the alphabet, ensuring you know everything you need to about the very best of the 13,000 schools you have to choose from.

Here are the best business schools starting with the letter B.

The below table shows the schools currently ranked within the top 10 for one or more of our QS MBA rankings.

A-Z Best Business Schools: B

Booth School of Business

Bocconi School of Management



Booth School of Business

Situated a stone’s throw away from Lake Michigan, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business offers more than just a world-class graduate education – with attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier worth a visit.

Executive MBA

Chicago Booth created the world’s first Executive MBA Program in 1943. With campuses in Chicago, London and Hong Kong, the school can appeal to students from all over the world while guaranteeing them access to the same faculty and courses as Chicago HQ students.

Booth professors offer their real-world experience as board members, consultants, expert witnesses, and even investment fund managers in the classroom.

During the 21-month program, you will take 17 core courses (focusing on business foundations, functions, management and environment), a selection of electives and the LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Development) course. The Executive MBA Program ends with one of two experiential, team-based capstone courses from which students may choose.

Global MBA

The full-time MBA program at Chicago Booth consists of 20 classes plus LEAD. It features a flexible curriculum made up of four major components.

  • Foundation courses
  • Functions, Management, and Business Environment courses cover basic business functions (finance, marketing, and operations); management (decisions, people, and strategy); as well as the business environment in which firms operate.
  • Electives covering 13 different concentrations
  • LEAD – the only required class, where students work on key management skills such as negotiation, team-building, and giving back

Bocconi School of Management

Based in Milan, the global capital of fashion and design, SDA Bocconi School of Management’s mission to empower lives through knowledge and imagination seems only fitting.

Considered one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe, SDA Bocconi offers executive, custom, and MBA programs to fit students’ preferences.

Full-time MBA

SDA Bocconi’s website says: “The full-time MBA is a high-value investment in management training concentrated in as short a time as possible. [It consists of] a year dedicated to innovative knowledge to enable you to face the challenges of tomorrow's markets.”

With such an intensive period of study, students should expect to be thrown in at the deep end during the program.

Core courses and electives sequentially occur between September and May, while a path to entrepreneurship takes place from January to May.

Students then undertake their summer projects – either internships or entrepreneurial activity.

After the summer, some students choose to go on exchanges to top international business schools around the world. But those who return to campus undertake stock-taking activities in October and November, capitalizing on what they learned earlier on in the program, and consolidating soft and other “horizontal” managerial skills.


SDA Bocconi’s Global Executive MBA program is the perfect fit for executives wanting to move towards more international business initiatives.

The GEMBA program is 20 months long, with a blend of 10 face-to-face and distance learning modules to balance career development alongside your executive education.

As the GEMBA is undertaken at the center in Milan, the city offers students a combination of a global reality while incorporating unique elements of the European marketplace.

In addition, four modules are conducted at international partner schools: North America Business School Partner, Copenhagen Business School, Mumbai International School of Business, China Europe International Business School (Shanghai).

Furthermore, you can apply for an elective offered by partner schools, including: Recanati (Tel Aviv), Rotman School of Management (Toronto), WHU - Otto Beishmein School of Management in Vallendar (Germany), EIPM French Geneva Campuses - European Institute of Purchasing Management, and IBSS - International Business School Suzhou (China), in addition to the electives offered at SDA Bocconi.

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Head of Content at QS
Written by Niamh Ollerton

Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (TopMBA.com; topuniversities.com), creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  

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