Top Business Schools for Private Equity 2018

Private equity is a subset of finance and usually refers to private investors who invest into private companies. Closely related to private equity are venture capital and leveraged buyouts (LBOs), where investors fund new businesses or acquire stakes in existing companies, respectively. Not many schools offer concentrations in private equity, but usually, a school that's strong in finance will generally be strong in private equity. Private equity-bound MBAs can look for jobs at firms like the Blackstone Group, the Carlyle Group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, among others.

New York City, New York 132 Followers 231 Discussions
Columbia CBS

With strong ties to the industry, the school's Private Equity Program is a great resource for students interested in private equity. Columbia students are regularly recruited by large private equity firms like Advent International and the Blackstone Group.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 39 Followers 157 Discussions
MIT - Sloan

Sloan MBAs interested in private equity can connect with the Venture Capital and Private Equity Club, which provides info and hosts events. Nine percent of the MBA class of 2017 went into private equity or venture capital; organizations like Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association and Cowin Capital have recruited grads in past years.

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London, United Kingdom 120 Followers 408 Discussions
London Business School (LBS)

With firms like CVC Capital Partners and Apax Partners nearby, London is a great place to be for students interested in a career in private equity. LBS leverages its prime location with the Coller Institute of Private Equity, which publishes research and hosts networking opportunities.

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Stanford, California 75 Followers 162 Discussions

Private equity recruiting is strong among Stanford MBAs: about 15 percent of the class of 2017 went into the private equity field—one of the highest percentages of all schools that FIND MBA surveyed. Stanford offers some electives in this space, and there's a private equity club as well.

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Evanston, Illinois 59 Followers 185 Discussions
Northwestern - Kellogg

Students can choose from a number of finance and private equity electives. For further support, the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital produces research in the field, and puts on an annual Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference.

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Fontainebleau, France 60 Followers 276 Discussions
INSEAD - Europe Campus

The school has strong connections with UK-based private equity firms – recruiters in past years have included Permira and Barclays Capital. The school's Private Equity Club provides a hub for private equity networking opportunities.

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Boston, Massachusetts 62 Followers 194 Discussions

According to Harvard, about 18 percent of the most recent class went into either private equity, venture capital, or leveraged buyouts. Tellingly, most of the current managing directors in Bain Capital's private equity department have MBAs from Harvard.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 49 Followers 160 Discussions
UPenn - Wharton

In 2017, over eight percent of graduates went into roles in private equity or venture capital – and typically, these graduates in these industries make more salary-wise than those in any other industry.

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Chicago, Illinois 30 Followers 138 Discussions
Chicago - Booth

Two relevant student clubs and the school's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship help make Booth a hotbed for private equity networking. Private equity-related firms like Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse regularly recruit from the school.

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 20 Followers 73 Discussions

Students interested in private equity can find relevant electives in the MBA program’s Finance concentration. Nine percent of the class of 2016 went into private equity or venture capital—the highest of any school in Asia that FIND MBA surveyed.

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