Top Business Schools for Strategy or Business Development 2021

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. Those interested in strategy functions in consulting firms might also be interested in the best MBA programs for Consulting.

See the Top 10 MBA programs for Strategy or Business Development below. 

Berkeley, California 93 Followers 114 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 18 percent of its MBA class of 2020 landed jobs in either strategy or business-development roles.

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Beijing, China 8 Followers 50 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. 

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Toronto, Canada 75 Followers 109 Discussions

In terms of research, Rotman’s focus in strategy is diverse, leveraging insights from various disciplines like sociology and other fields. Although the school doesn’t offer a specific MBA track in Strategy, it does offer numerous elective courses, such as “Strategy and Competitive Advantage,” and “Strategic Change and Implementation.” Almost 30 percent of Rotman’s MBA class of 2020 went into functional roles in strategy.

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Boston, Massachusetts 80 Followers 201 Discussions

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.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland 40 Followers 133 Discussions
St. Gallen

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

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 43 Followers 80 Discussions

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.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom 48 Followers 276 Discussions
Cambridge - Judge

Some 10 percent of Cambridge’s MBA class of 2020 went into business development roles, and 19 percent went into related corporate planning / strategy positions. The school offers an MBA concentration in Strategy, as well as some strategy-themed courses as part of its core curriculum. 

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Shanghai, China 30 Followers 38 Discussions

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.” In recent years, some 14-16 percent of Fudan’s MBA classes have gone into strategy or business development roles.

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Dunedin, New Zealand 40 Followers 34 Discussions

Although the school does not offer an MBA specialization area in strategy, there are plenty of strategy-oriented courses in the core curriculum, such as “Strategic Planning for International Markets” and “Strategy Implementation.” According to the school, over one-fifth of MBA grads have gone into business development roles. 

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Los Angeles, California 99 Followers 117 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 2020 MBA class, 34 percent went into functional roles in consulting, which includes strategic planning positions. 

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