The 2020 Top Business Schools in Pennsylvania


If you are searching for the top 2020 Business Schools in Pennsylvania, look no further. MetroMBA has provided a list of the best graduate business programs that prospective applicants should consider. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offer diverse industry opportunities for someone attempting to re-locate, researching, or expanding their career opportunities.  Additionally, you can utilize the MetroMBA Program Search Tool if you are looking to compare these schools and programs side-by-side. The tool allows you to sort by categories that include tuition and GMAT/GRE requirement.

University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business

The Wharton full-time MBA is one of the most prestigious MBA programs globally, consistently ranking in the top 3 per major publications.  The campus is located in Philadelphia, with the opportunity to study for one semester in San Francisco by an application.  The program takes roughly 20 months to complete, including a 3.5-month internship, which is recommended by Wharton.  Students have the choice of 18 majors, with approximately 40% of students completing their degree with two majors.  Upon graduation, students earn a starting salary range between $130,000 to $165,000 per year. In addition, Wharton MBA’s have an average signing bonus of $30,000, making this one of the most lucrative post-MBA compensations for graduates.

All MBA programs at the Wharton School of Business:

Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA

Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business

The Tepper School of Business is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They offer three MBA programs including the Full-Time MBA, the Part-Time Hybrid MBA, and the Part-Time Flex MBA.  The Tepper Full-Time MBA recently became a STEM-designated program, which provides students the ability to lead at the intersection of business and technology. The full-time MBA at Tepper consistently ranks among the top 20-25 MBA programs according to major publications. Full-Time MBA graduates earn an average starting salary of over $126,000 according to the class of 2019, with 94% of their class securing job offers within three months of graduation.

The Part-Time Hybrid MBA is ranked as a top 5 online MBA program according to U.S. News. Additionally, this program is also STEM-designated, offering students a unique online convenience of learning from anywhere, coupled with in-person experiences.  This program focuses on an unmatched emphasis on analytics, leadership development and strategic decision-making, designed to prepare students for a long and successful career as an agile leader in a world driven by innovation and technological advancements.

All MBA programs at the Tepper School of Business:

Full-Time MBA, Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA, Part-Time Flex MBA

The Penn State University – Smeal College of Business

The Penn State Smeal MBA ranks among the top 20 public MBA programs in the nation according to various news outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, and US News & World Report.  In addition, the Smeal College of Business also offers an Executive MBA located in the heart of Philadelphia, which only takes 17 months to complete. The Penn State Smeal EMBA is the highest-ranked Philadelphia-area program and one of the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic according to the latest assessment from The Economist. The Full-Time Residential program is located in State College, Pennsylvania also ranking among the best in the world according to the latest assessment from The Economist. Average starting salaries for the class of 2019 received $109,000 in compensation, making the Smeal College of Business a top 6 program for pre-MBA salary increase.

All Programs at the Penn State University – Smeal College of Business:

Full-Time Residential Program, Executive MBA in Philadelphia, Penn State Online MBA

University of Pittsburgh – Katz School of Business

The Katz School of Business is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school is known for providing a strong, wide-based foundation in business fundamentals and empower students to tailor a program that builds on their unique strengths and goals.  The Katz School of Business was ranked #1 in “Years to Payback” an MBA Investment among All U.S. Universities according to Forbes Best Business Schools Ranking in 2019. Additionally, they also received the #3 ranking in Corporate Social Responsibility among All U.S. Universities according to the Financial Times MBA Ranking in 2020.  The Katz School of Business offers a wide-range of MBA programs including the One-Year MBA, the Two-Year MBA, the Professional MBA, the Jount & Dual Degree MBA and the MBA with Business Analytics. 

All MBA Programs at the Katz School of Business:

One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, Professional MBA, Joint & Dual Degree MBA, MBA with Business Analytics, Executive MBA

Lehigh University – College of Business and Economics

The Lehigh University College of Business and Economics is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is roughly one hour from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York City. This makes Lehigh an ideal destination for prospective students. Lehigh is best known for its online FLEX MBA, which is ranked as a top 20 online MBA according to US News & World Report in 2020.  The Flex MBA is ideal for those who want to earn their degree part-time. Both on-campus and online options are available.

All MBA Programs at the Katz School of Business:

1-MBA, Flex MBA

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About the Author

Ryan Nemetz

Ryan is the Director of Client Services at MetroMBA and Clear Admit. He has over six years of experience in higher education including his current role and serving as a college basketball coach at Eastern University for four years.

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