Women Majoring in Business: 4 of the Best Schools

Though the job market has become more uncertain in recent times, graduates from top business schools are finding well-paying jobs with many opportunities to grow. Some of the top schools offer unique options that make them attractive to students, like study-abroad opportunities, part-time MBA programs, and specialized masters degrees. 


Home to the Women's Senior Leadership Program, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has climbed steadily in school rankings in the past three years, according to the Financial Times. Forbes reports the median base salary for graduates is $115,000, with 92% of students employed after graduation. Kellogg offers both a full-time and a part-time program, as well as an Executive MBA option. Kellogg is notable for its focus on philanthropy and educational opportunities abroad.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business offers a one-year MBA, a two-year MBA, and an Executive MBA as well as a Master of Science in Business and a Master of Nonprofit Administration. According to Businessweek, 93% of graduates receive job offers, and the average salary is $99,928.

Notre Dame also has a unique Masters of Science in Accountancy program developed by John Ferraro, Global Chief Operating Officer of Ernst & Young. The program is specifically for non-accounting business majors, meant to train students to be public accountants. It lasts for 15 months and offers students unique work experience. In keeping with his involvement in education, Ferraro is Chair of the Dean's Advisory Council at Marquette University, his alma mater. He's been with Ernst & Young since 1976, holding many high-ranking positions and gaining valuable industry experience and authority.

University of Chicago

92% of graduates from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago are employed after graduation, with a median base salary of $115,000. The school offers several MBA programs to fit student needs: a full-time MBA, an evening MBA, a weekend MBA, and an Executive MBA. Businessweek reports that 35 percent of graduates find careers in financial services. Forbes ranked Booth the number two business school in the United States, right behind Stanford. As far as getting hands on experience when it comes to management, seek out the Women's Leadership Council - a group of individuals who look to correct any discrepancies against the university's retention.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has many graduate degree options. It offers a full-time MBA, a weekend MBA, an evening MBA, a Global MBA and an executive MBA. On top of that, it also offers a Masters of Accounting, a Masters of Supply Chain Management, and a Masters of Entrepreneurship. 89% of graduates receive job offers, and the average salary is $111,195, according to Businessweek. Thirty-three percent of students find work in Consulting.

Though MBA programs and specialized business master's degrees come with a hefty price tag, the average salary of graduates and the high after-graduation employment rate make business school a good investment for the serious student. Whether one wants to go full-time or remain working in the industry while attending class at night or on the weekends, business schools offer multiple options to suit almost every student's needs. Whether it's in the area of finance or philanthropy, business school is a good step towards a dream career