Top Business Schools for Private Equity 2018

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 128 Followers 228 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.

View School Profile
Cambridge, Massachusetts 37 Followers 155 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.

View School Profile
London, United Kingdom 110 Followers 401 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.

View School Profile
Stanford, California 73 Followers 159 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.

View School Profile
Evanston, Illinois 55 Followers 182 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.

View School Profile
Fontainebleau, France 58 Followers 273 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.

View School Profile
Boston, Massachusetts 57 Followers 188 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.

View School Profile
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 47 Followers 159 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.

View School Profile
Chicago, Illinois 28 Followers 135 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.

View School Profile
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 19 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.

View School Profile

Related MBA News

Feb 12, 2018

FIND MBA Updates Top 10 Lists by Specialization for 2018

Feb 12, 2018

More MBA News

Related Articles

After the MBA: How to Break Into Private Equity

By B. Xu on Feb 21, 2017

MBA Programs in Finance: Back with Some Twists

By M. Filtz on Jun 11, 2013

Islamic Finance Finding a Place in Western Business Schools

By M. Sevcenko on Nov 10, 2011

Finance MBA Programs Seek to Retain Appeal Despite Downturn

By V. Wish on Jun 17, 2010

More Articles

More Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists

Related Discussions

MBA 2017: Insead / LBS / others
Nov 24, 2016  365  RickyHi
Private Equity/Asset Management: Columbia, Wharton etc.?
Oct 03, 2016  658  badux
EMBA: LBS vs Ashridge vs Cranfield
Dec 04, 2014  663  mistermark
MBA in Finance - where?
Dec 03, 2014  363  mba hipste...
LBS Masters in Finance or other MBA
Jul 30, 2014  2666  RTP1987
CKGSB experience
Jun 30, 2014  195  mba hipste...
MBA or Master in Finance?
Feb 10, 2014  159  ezra
MSc Finance - International University of Monaco
Dec 02, 2013  537  davidsmart
MBA from Kellogg or Columbia
Oct 22, 2013  532  Crazy Love
MBA to enter in the Venture Capital industry
Sep 21, 2013  550  Duncan
UK MBA in Finance
Jul 29, 2013  631  Duncan
Stanford vs. Harvard vs. Booth for Finance
Apr 12, 2013  767  Greg.L7
Distance Learning MBAs with teaching in Hong Kong
Jul 15, 2012  530  scuf23
Please help evaluate my profile
Jun 28, 2012  49  Duncan
Low GMAT; decent profile
Oct 08, 2011  518  Duncan
Advice - UCLA vs Georgetown
May 05, 2011  196  AcademicPe...
Some Guidance - Judge-Cambridge-Imperial-Cass-Cranfield
Feb 02, 2011  392  mistermark
MSc Finance at Manchester Business School
Jun 01, 2010  1134  vivekjn
Tsinghua-INSEAD EMBA vs. Chicago Booth EMBA
Apr 14, 2010  3234  ForEverYou...
INSEAD Singapore VS Hong Kong UST
Mar 18, 2010  20138  ongt0001
MBA or no MBA dilemma
Jan 07, 2010  275  ralph
Shortlisting Asian B-schools - Help needed
Jan 03, 2010  1165  vincentwan...
Tsinghua, CEIBS for jobs in finance in China
Nov 16, 2009  474  D.jung
1 Year MBA - suggestions?
Feb 21, 2009  1995  mancuso84
M.S. Global Finance NYU in Hong Kong
Sep 18, 2007  2148  AnalystNYC

Go to FIND MBA Discussion Board

Advanced MBA Program Search
KEYWORDS (optional)