Top Business Schools for Strategy or Business Development 2019

An MBA in Strategy or Business Development can help students diagnose business problems and develop the best solution. 

And indeed, from meeting organizational objectives to carrying out individual projects, managers need to think strategically at all levels. A handful of business schools offer specialized MBA programs in Strategy; others offer MBA specializations in Business Development, Strategic Management, and related fields. Virtually all MBA programs offer strategy courses as part of their core curriculums. 

MBA grads can find strategy jobs in a wide range of industries, or can work as strategy or business development consultants.

Berkeley, California 76 Followers 108 Discussions
UC Berkeley - Haas

With an MBA specialization and strong ties to global strategy and consulting firms, Haas is a strong choice for strategy-minded students. The school reports that almost 11 percent of its MBA class of 2018 landed jobs in either strategy or business-development roles.

View School Profile
Beijing, China 8 Followers 49 Discussions

For students interested in strategic management in China, the Guanghua MBA is a great option. The program offers specialized electives in subjects such as “Emerging Topics in Chinese Strategy,” which is offered in partnership with McKinsey & Company. Typically, some 8-10 percent of the school’s MBA class goes into strategic planning positions. 

View School Profile
Jouy-en-Josas, France 83 Followers 336 Discussions
HEC Paris

HEC Paris' specialized strategy track gives students a holistic understanding of strategic thinking, covering topics such as geopolitics and sustainable development.

View School Profile
Boston, Massachusetts 62 Followers 197 Discussions
Harvard

With its annual Strategy Research Conference and a strong research output, Harvard has become a hub for strategy-oriented academics. The MBA curriculum offers a rich offering of strategy-related electives.

View School Profile
St. Gallen, Switzerland 31 Followers 122 Discussions
St. Gallen

The MBA program leverages insights from the school's well-regarded flagship master's program in Strategy and International Management. 

View School Profile
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 39 Followers 78 Discussions
HKU

Although the school doesn’t offer a specialized MBA in Strategy, its MBA offers, as part of its core curriculum, classes such as “Competitive Strategy” and “Strategic Marketing and Management.” It also offers a handful of strategy courses as part of its elective selections. According to the school, in recent years, over one-quarter of HKU's MBA class have gone into functional roles in strategy, planning, or consulting.

View School Profile
Cambridge, United Kingdom 38 Followers 242 Discussions
Cambridge - Judge

Some 10 percent of Cambridge’s MBA class of 2018 went into business development roles. The school offers an MBA concentration in Strategy, as well as some strategy-themed courses as part of its core curriculum. 

View School Profile
Shanghai, China 24 Followers 35 Discussions
Fudan

Fudan does not offer a specialized MBA in Strategy; however, it does include some elective courses covering topics in strategy, including “Global Strategic Marketing” and “Enterprise Development Management.” Over six percent of Fudan’s MBA class of 2018 went into strategy roles; over 12 percent when into business development.

View School Profile
Hanover, New Hampshire 13 Followers 45 Discussions
Dartmouth - Tuck

According to Tuck, 34 percent of 2018 MBA graduates went into strategy or consulting roles. The school's Center for Digital Strategies helps students see how the digital world and information technologies are reshaping core ideas in business strategy.

View School Profile
Los Angeles, California 90 Followers 115 Discussions
USC - Marshall

Marshall MBA students can choose to pursue strategy-oriented electives from the school’s department of management and organization. Marshall MBAs also have the option of pursing a Graduate Certificate in Strategy and Management Consulting, which covers the tools, concepts, and frameworks that will help them develop their strategic skills. Of the school’s 2018 MBA class, 16 percent went into strategic planning positions; and 6 percent went into business development roles. 

View School Profile

Related MBA News

May 06, 2019

FIND MBA Updates Top 10 Lists by Specialization for 2019

May 06, 2019

More MBA News

Related Articles

The 10 Most Popular MBA Specializations

Nov 22, 2018

Students and employers are demanding curriculum changes, but could niche knowledge become obsolete in an era of rapid change?

More Articles

More Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists

Related Discussions

Strategy Specialization
Mar 15, 2017  232  Duncan
Master in Strategy
Mar 07, 2016  255  cvm
Decision to attend: Duke vs UNC Kenan Flagler with Fellowshi...
Mar 16, 2015  967  badux
MBA in business development
Sep 18, 2014  420  robertorro...
Strategy consulting in Hong Kong
Jul 04, 2014  322  PinyinHK
Full Time MBA - To choose between NEOMA/Audencia/MIB
Jun 23, 2014  319  Duncan
Bath, Cass, Exeter, Birmingham or Nottingham MBA for strateg...
Nov 24, 2013  563  Duncan
Business Analysis or Strategy
Jun 18, 2013  3,262  Duncan
Telco Business Operation / Strategy
Jun 14, 2013  153  Razors Edg...
Warwick' MSc Marketing & Strategy Vs. Lancaster' MSc Advance...
Jul 20, 2012  697  mido
MBa. in Strategic planning
Jun 21, 2012  1,166  Daryll
Sheffields/Leeds/Aston/Nottingham for MBA in strategy and Co...
May 06, 2010  136  nishantgar...
MBA in Strategy, Energy and Environment
Aug 17, 2008  173  lukeh

Go to FIND MBA Discussion Board

Advanced MBA Program Search
KEYWORDS (optional)
COUNTRY / REGION
SPECIALIZATION
LANGUAGE
PROGRAM TYPE
INTAKE
SHOW ONLY
AVERAGE GMAT
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
TUITION
DURATION