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2021 Best International Business Schools

467 Colleges
$48,747 Avg Salary
$27,886 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best International Business School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,181 people earned a degree or certificate in international business, making the major the #14 most popular in the United States.

Today's business students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best International Business Schools ranking. This report analyzed 467 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2021 Best International Business Schools in the United States

Check out the international business programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in International Business

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for international business students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The excellent programs at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best international business schools in the United States. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Chicago. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best International Business Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Virginia - Main Campus is a great place for international business students. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Out of the 393 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Carnegie Mellon University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #6, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

International Business majors at Northeastern take out an average of $27,125 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $282.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University ranked #7 on this year’s Best International Business Schools list. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

After completing their degree, international business graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $58,672. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $674.

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#8

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #8, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best international business programs. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

After completing their degree, international business graduates from Villanova carry an average student debtload of $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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#12

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University ranked #12 on this year’s Best International Business Schools list. Located in the city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#13

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, international business graduates from GWU take out $23,250 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best international business programs. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

After completing their degree, international business graduates from ASU - Tempe carry an average student debtload of $42,258. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $481, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Elon University

Elon, NC

With a ranking of #15, Elon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Located in the suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#16

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Bryant University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best international business programs. Located in the large suburb of Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, international business majors at Bryant accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #17, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#19

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

With a ranking of #19, University of Georgia did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, international business graduates from UGA take out $18,750 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best international business programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#21

Cleary University

Howell, MI

Cleary University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #21 on the list. Cleary College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Howell.

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#22

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#23

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best International Business Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, international business majors at Dickinson accumulate an average of around $19,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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#24

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

With a ranking of #24, University of Dayton did quite well on this year’s best schools for international business students. Located in the city of Dayton, U of Dayton is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, international business majors at U of Dayton accumulate an average of around $25,967 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 $269.

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Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for international business students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top Best International Business Schools

#26

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#27

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#29

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME
#32

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#33

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#35

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA
#37

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#39

Creighton University

Omaha, NE
#41

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#42

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
#43

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#44

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#45

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#47

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#48

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#49

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH
#50

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best International Business Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 467 different United States international business schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
52 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
53 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
54 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
55 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
56 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
57 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
58 American University Washington, DC

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for International Business students that almost earned our Best International Business Schools award.

Rank College Location
59 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
60 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
61 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
62 Iowa State University Ames, IA
63 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
64 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
65 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
66 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
67 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
68 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
69 Simpson College Indianola, IA
70 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
71 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
72 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
73 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
74 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
75 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
76 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
77 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
78 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA

International Business by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, international business has other similar majors worth exploring.

International Business Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
International Business/Trade/Commerce 10,181

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Ninaras.

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