Top Business Schools for Industrial Management and Manufacturing 2018

The manufacturing and industrial sectors are huge (and growing) parts of the global economy. To tap into these lucrative fields, MBA students can pursue related functional concentrations like operations management or supply chain management. However, a small number of business schools around the world offer specialized degrees in either manufacturing or industrial management. Post-MBA careers in these sectors can include everything from an operational manager at a chemical plant to a logistics coordinator at an electronics manufacturer.

Boston, Massachusetts 21 Followers 34 Discussions
Northeastern - D'Amore-McKim

Although the school does not offer an MBA concentration in Manufacturing, it does place many students in the industry. For instance, some 18 percent of the class of 2016 went into the field.

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Shanghai, China 31 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

Over 15 percent of the CEIBS MBA class of 2017 went into the manufacturing industry, into firms like 3M, Ford, and General Electric.

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Cleveland, Ohio 10 Followers 12 Discussions

Weatherhead's Cleveland, Ohio location puts the school in a manufacturing-heavy region of the country. The school’s Operations department has published a range of research in the field, and in 2016 the school launched a Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing, which provides training to women in the field. Of the class of 2017, some 23 percent found jobs in the manufacturing.

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Esslingen, Germany 29 Followers 37 Discussions
HS Esslingen

Through a range of practical and theoretical curriculum, the school’s MBA in International Industrial Management prepares students for a range of roles in manufacturing. It’s one of the few European MBAs specialized in the field, and leverages insight from the area’s strong automotive industry.

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West Lafayette, Indiana 17 Followers 77 Discussions
Purdue - Krannert

The school’s roots are in industry: it was called the “School of Industrial Management at Purdue University” until the mid-1970s. Its industrial pedigree is still obvious from recent placement statistics: 19 percent of Krannert’s MBA class of 2017 went into the manufacturing industry. The school also offers a Master of Science in Industrial Administration.

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Barcelona, Spain 48 Followers 207 Discussions
ESADE - Barcelona

The school reports that 20 percent of 2017 MBA graduates landed jobs in the industrial sector. On-campus recruiters include large manufacturers like General Electric.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland 30 Followers 118 Discussions
St. Gallen

Students have done hands-on MBA projects or have landed jobs with large European manufacturers like Siemens and Schindler. Almost 13 percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into the manufacturing sector.

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Tempe, Arizona 23 Followers 72 Discussions
ASU - Carey

In the past, over one-quarter percent of some Carey’s MBA classes went into the manufacturing sector, to firms like Applied Materials and Henkel Consumer Goods.. Students interested in breaking into the field can pursue relevant electives in the MBA program’s Supply Chain Management concentration.

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East Lansing, Michigan 16 Followers 55 Discussions

The school's specialization in Supply Chain Management includes some relevant curriculum, like a course in “Manufacturing Design and Analysis.” Usually, somewhere between 25 to 30 percent of the school’s MBA grads go into the manufacturing sector. MBAs who are interested in hands-on experience can do so through the school’s Demmer Center for Business Transformation, which works with local manufacturing firms to help them stay competitive.

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Provo, Utah 18 Followers 40 Discussions
BYU - Marriott

Some 18 percent of BYU’s MBA class of 2015 went into the manufacturing sector. Recruiting companies have included some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, such as General Electric, Ford Motor, and Toyota.

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