a master's degree in international business is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #76 out of 343 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.
College Factual looked at 62 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best International Business Master's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 1,723 master's degrees in international business to qualified students.
Choosing a Great International Business School for Your Master's Degree
The international business master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:
Overall Quality Is a Must
A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
Average Early-Career Salaries
Average early-career salary of those graduating with their master's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your master's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.
Other Factors We Consider
In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on international business students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - How many other international business students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How much debt international business students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized international business related body.
Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for international business students working on their master's degree.
The international business school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best International Business Master's Degree Schools.
Featured International Business Programs
Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.
Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study International Business in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in international business. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
10 Top Schools for a Master's in International Business
It's hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a master's degree in international business. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.
Master's recipients from the international business program at Duke University earn $77,011 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.
Every student who is interested in a master's degree in international business has to check out Georgetown University. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.
Master's recipients from the international business major at Georgetown University make $26,530 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.
UofSC is a very large public university located in the city of Columbia.
International Business master's degree recipients from University of South Carolina - Columbia receive an earnings boost of approximately $7,741 over the typical income of international business majors.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
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).