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2021 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree School for You

Business Administration & Management is the most popular major in the United States with 410,147 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which business program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 1,173 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular master's degree programs for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Business Administration & Management program at each school on the list.

Check out the business administration master's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular school in the United States for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 58% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 42% are male.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from WGU carry an average student debt load of $16,160. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $160.

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The in-demand master’s degree programs at University of Maryland Global Campus helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular business administration and management schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 58% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 42% are male.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at UMGC take out while working on their Master's Degree is $51,921. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $570, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Southern New Hampshire University is a great place for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 2,256 students majoring in business administration at SNHU, 45% are male and 55% are female.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at SNHU accumulate an average of around $41,325 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $458.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Phoenix - Arizona. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 59% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 41% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at UOPX - Arizona accumulate an average of around $32,635 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $399.

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#5

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The in-demand master’s degree programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular business administration and management schools in the United States. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 1,713 students majoring in business administration at Grand Canyon University, 46% are male and 54% are female.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from Grand Canyon University carry an average student debt load of $34,542. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $398, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Webster is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

About 46% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 54% are male.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from Webster carry an average student debt load of $49,383. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $551.

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#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

With a ranking of #7, Liberty University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 49% of the business administration majors at the school.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Liberty University accumulate an average of around $36,709 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $406.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 1,225 students majoring in business administration at UChicago, 68% are male and 32% are female.

Business Administration majors at UChicago take out an average of $90,174 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $928.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 41% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 59% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $94,455 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $717.

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#10

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

About 51% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 49% are male.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at Columbia Southern University take out while working on their Master's Degree is $31,148. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $409, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree business administration and management programs. Located in the city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Of the 1,207 students majoring in business administration at Ashford University, 42% are male and 58% are female.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from Ashford University carry an average student debt load of $40,867. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $478, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

Women make up 44% of the business administration majors at the school.

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Louisiana State University - Shreveport ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools list. Louisiana State University - Shreveport is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Shreveport.

Women make up 46% of the business administration majors at the school.

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#14

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools list. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Women make up 38% of the business administration majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from NYU carry an average student debt load of $105,931. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,073, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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DeVry University - Illinois did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit college with a large student population.

Of the 1,031 students majoring in business administration at DeVry University - Illinois, 40% are male and 60% are female.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at DeVry University - Illinois take out while working on their Master's Degree is $46,374. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $513, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

About 36% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 64% are male.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at Duke take out while working on their Master's Degree is $81,571. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $845, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

Women make up 29% of the business administration majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from UNC Chapel Hill carry an average student debt load of $81,154. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $881, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree business administration and management programs. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Colorado Springs.

About 60% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 40% are male.

Business Administration majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs take out an average of $41,626 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $478, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree business administration and management programs. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

About 33% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 67% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at UCLA accumulate an average of around $91,219 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $938.

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Strayer University - Global Region did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Strayer University - Global Region is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

Of the 828 students majoring in business administration at Strayer University - Global Region, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Business Administration majors at Strayer University - Global Region take out an average of $69,895 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $886, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. U-M is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

About 35% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 65% are male.

Business Administration majors at U-M take out an average of $72,511 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $572, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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American Public University System landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree business administration and management programs. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 43% of the business administration majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at American Military University take out while working on their Master's Degree is $33,314. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $396, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

Women make up 33% of the business administration majors at the school.

Business Administration majors at Cornell take out an average of $97,863 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,222, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

About 62% of the students majoring in business administration at the school are women while 38% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Walden University accumulate an average of around $50,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $532, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 33% of the business administration majors at the school.

Business Administration majors at USC take out an average of $94,583 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $989, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#26

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#27

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#28

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#29

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#31

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#33

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#35

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#36

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#37

Yale University

New Haven, CT
#40

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#41

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#43

Boston University

Boston, MA
#45

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#46

Babson College

Wellesley, MA
#47

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA
#49

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1173 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
52 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
53 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
54 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
55 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
56 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
57 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
58 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
59 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
60 Northcentral University San Diego, CA
61 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
62 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
63 Franklin University Columbus, OH
64 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
65 Trident University International Cypress, CA
66 Emory University Atlanta, GA
66 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
68 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
69 Rice University Houston, TX
70 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
71 Ashland University Ashland, OH
72 Brandman University Irvine, CA
73 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
74 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
74 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
76 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
77 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
78 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
79 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
80 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
81 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
82 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
83 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
84 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
85 Regis University Denver, CO
85 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
87 Villanova University Villanova, PA
88 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
89 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
90 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
91 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
92 George Washington University Washington, DC
93 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
94 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
95 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
96 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
97 Park University Parkville, MO
97 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
99 Sofia University Palo Alto, CA
100 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
101 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
102 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
103 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
104 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
105 Hult International Business School Cambridge, MA
105 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
107 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
108 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
109 National University La Jolla, CA
109 University of Georgia Athens, GA
109 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
112 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
113 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
113 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
115 Washington State University Pullman, WA
116 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
117 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
118 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
119 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
119 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
121 University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA
122 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
122 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
124 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
125 Westcliff University Irvine, CA
125 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
127 Fordham University Bronx, NY
128 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
129 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
130 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
131 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
132 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
132 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
134 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
135 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
136 Clemson University Clemson, SC
137 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
138 University of Houston Houston, TX
139 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
140 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
141 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
142 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
143 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
143 Florida Institute of Technology - Online Melbourne, FL
143 Auburn University Auburn, AL
146 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
147 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
147 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
149 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
150 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
150 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
152 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
152 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
154 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
155 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
155 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
155 Champlain College Burlington, VT
158 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
158 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
160 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
160 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
160 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
163 Baylor University Waco, TX
164 Baruch College New York, NY
164 Northwood University Midland, MI
166 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
167 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
168 Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI
169 American University Washington, DC
169 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
171 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
172 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
172 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
172 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
175 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
176 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Business Administration & Management students that almost earned our Most Popular Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
177 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
178 Seattle University Seattle, WA
178 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
178 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
181 Excelsior College Albany, NY
182 Husson University Bangor, ME
183 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
183 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
183 Monroe College Bronx, NY
186 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
186 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
188 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
189 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
189 DeVry University - California Pomona, CA
191 National American University - Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School Austin, TX
192 University of Dallas Irving, TX
192 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
192 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
195 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
196 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
197 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
198 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
199 University of North Texas Denton, TX
200 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
201 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
202 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
203 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
204 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
204 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
206 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
207 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
208 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
208 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
210 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
211 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
212 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
213 Amberton University Garland, TX
213 Texas A&M University - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
213 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
216 Norwich University Northfield, VT
217 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
217 Barry University Miami, FL
219 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
220 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
220 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
222 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
223 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
224 DeVry College of New York New York, NY
225 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
225 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
225 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
228 Troy University Troy, AL
228 Utah State University Logan, UT
228 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
228 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
232 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
232 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
232 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
232 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA

Business Administration & Management by Region

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Region
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Middle Atlantic
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Southwest
Great Lakes

Business Administration & Management is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

Business Administration Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Business Administration and Management 350,924
Interior Design Management 16,189
Organizational Leadership 12,591
Supply Chain Management 9,732
Operations Management 5,802
Office Administration 5,025
Project Management 3,344
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3,071
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1,294
Retail Management 833
Transportation/Mobility Management 731
E-Commerce 233
Research and Development Management 194
Customer Service Management 184

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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