Top MBAs for Full-Ride Scholarships

Fancy attending a prestigious MBA program without paying a cent? It sounds too good to be true, but many elite business schools are awarding students full-ride scholarships — covering tuition and perhaps even living and travel costs too. 

Full rides are largely a US phenomenon. They have become more common thanks in part to the high opportunity cost of taking two years out of work to get an MBA (as is common in America). Millennials, saddled with more debt than previous generations, have grown more reluctant to leave the booming US labor market. 

Unsurprisingly, there is evidence that full rides can boost MBA uptake. 

Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business scrapped tuition fees in favor of full scholarships in 2015, funded through a $50m donation from real estate mogul William Carey. A year later applications to the full-time MBA had tripled to 1,165. 

Crucially, the quality of the cohort did not appear to be compromised. Carey said it had succeeded in its goal of attracting nontraditional candidates, whose diverse experiences enrich the learning experience of all students. (The school did not return multiple requests for comments about whether or not these scholarships are still on offer.)

There are plenty of other top schools and organizations offering full rides, and we’ve listed the most generous of them below. 

Gainesville, Florida 56 Followers 79 Discussions
Florida - Warrington - Hough

Back in 2017, the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business said all admitted MBA candidates without other funding would be offered a full-ride scholarship. There is no additional application; applicants are automatically considered for the full ride. The admissions team takes a holistic view of candidates when deciding who gets the money.  

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Houston, Texas 23 Followers 41 Discussions
Rice - Jones

At Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, some 80 percent of full-time MBA students receive a scholarship. The average amount is 60 percent of tuition, but a minority of candidates receive full fee coverage. The awards are based on merit, for example whether someone shows outstanding professional or academic achievement. 

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Nashville, Tennessee 16 Followers 35 Discussions

At Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, about 60 percent of MBA students receive some scholarship dollars, with the average amount being $25,000. However, a cadre of Dean’s Scholars —  those with the most outstanding achievements and potential — are offered full tuition, as well as funding for study-related travel and research. 

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Stanford, California 99 Followers 171 Discussions

The prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business in California provides full scholarships for students with specific backgrounds. These include the Charles P. Bonini Partnership for Diversity Fellowship, for non-traditional candidates. Stanford also pays up to $160,000 to three USA MBA Fellowship winners, on condition they work in the Midwest for two years after graduating. 

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Notre Dame, Indiana 14 Followers 39 Discussions
Notre Dame - Mendoza

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business awards full scholarships to a select group of MBA applicants. The decision is made based on academic performance, work experience, GMAT or GRE score, recommendation letters, communication skills and leadership potential. The school also values those who have a proven history of positive social or environmental impact. 

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Durham, North Carolina 52 Followers 103 Discussions
Duke - Fuqua

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business offers a full-tuition merit-based scholarship to its most outstanding MBA candidates. The Keller Scholarship, as it is known, is awarded based partly on an applicant’s leadership credentials. It can help, Fuqua says, to demonstrate impact inside and outside the classroom based on experiences in your local community and career. 

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Babson Park, Massachusetts 28 Followers 76 Discussions
Babson - Olin

The Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College offers full tuition scholarships to diverse candidates, for example members of the National Association of Black Accountants, Association of Latino Professionals for America, or the National Association of Asian American Professionals. The awards cover full tuition fees, books and other supplies. 

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Shanghai, China 38 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

CEIBS in Shanghai offers plentiful financial aid to both Chinese and overseas students. Last year about 30 percent of the MBA cohort got scholarships, with some receiving the full fee. CEIBS is Asia’s highest-ranking MBA provider and tops even some elite US and European schools in the league tables. 

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