Top Business Schools for Strategy or Business Development 2018

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 75 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 six percent of its MBA class of 2016 landed jobs in either strategy or business-development roles.

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

Twenty-one percent of CUHK’s MBA class of 2016 went into either business development or sales and marketing roles. Although the school does not offer a specialization in either strategy or business development, the MBA program’s core curriculum addresses a range of strategic management issues.

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Jouy-en-Josas, France 82 Followers 326 Discussions
HEC Paris

HEC Paris' specialized strategy track gives students a holistic understanding of strategic thinking, covering topics such as geopolitics and sustainable development. Eleven percent of the MBA class of 2016 went into business development roles.

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Boston, Massachusetts 62 Followers 194 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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Toronto, Canada 60 Followers 107 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.” Over 28 percent of Rotman’s MBA class of 2016 went into functional roles in either strategy or consulting.

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 38 Followers 77 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, some 27 percent of its MBA class of 2016 went into functional roles in strategy, planning, or consulting.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom 37 Followers 240 Discussions
Cambridge - Judge

Some 16 percent of Cambridge’s MBA class of 2017 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. 

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Shanghai, China 24 Followers 35 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.” Almost 11 percent of Fudan’s MBA class of 2016 went into strategy roles; 9.1 percent when into business development.

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Hanover, New Hampshire 13 Followers 45 Discussions
Dartmouth - Tuck

According to Tuck, 38 percent of 2017 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.

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Los Angeles, California 84 Followers 114 Discussions
USC - Marshall

Marshall MBAs 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. Eight percent of the USC MBA class of 2017 went into strategy roles.

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