Massachusetts is home to countless world-class universities such as Harvard in Boston as well as numerous multinational corporations. There are mountains, rocky coastlines, sandy beaches as well as forests, lakes and urban centers.
A number of the world’s highest-ranked business schools are based in the state, including MIT Sloan School of Management and Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business, and they run some of the top masters in management degrees worldwide.
These courses mirror the MBA curriculum, teaching a broad church of business and leadership skills, but can be completed much faster and cheaply. Typically, they are for students with little to no work experience, but some are for more senior working professionals.
Other schools in Massachusetts have developed interests in finance, entrepreneurship, digital innovation and offer specialized masters degrees in other fields such as behavioral or management science. The degrees come in full-time or part-time formats.
Many of the students will be Massachusetts state residents. But these degrees reflect the demographic of the global economy and include students from a range of countries and an even wider array of academic and professional backgrounds, such as athletics or the creative industries.
The programs blend academic theory with experiential learning, giving students the chance to take part in hands-on projects with leading employers. This ensures alumni have the skills needed to hit the ground running on the job market, and most of the courses listed below have good career outcomes. Some of them are STEM-designated, giving overseas students an extra 24 months to work in the US on a student visa.
Here are the nine best business schools in Massachusetts offering masters in management degrees.
MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, is one of America’s highest ranked schools of business. It offers a Master of Science in Management Studies. It’s a degree program for MBA graduates of a select range of schools who an immerse themselves in a particular area of study at MIT, such as economics, behavioral science or management science.View School Profile
Babson College is another one of America’s best business schools. It runs the Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership degree. Throughout this full-time, nine-month course, students develop problem-solving skills and learn through experiential projects, such as creating a new business. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and include accounts, athletes and artists.View School Profile
The D’Amore-McKim School Of Business, at Northeastern University in Boston, offers an MS in International Management, a degree program that focuses on cultural agility, or the ability to manage international teams, along with global business issues, supply chains, data and technology. Students complete the degree full-time in 12 or 16 months, or part-time over approximately 20 months.View School Profile
Hult, with campuses in Cambridge, London, San Francisco, Dubai, New York and Shanghai, offers a one-year masters degree in International Business that can be taken from Boston and other global locations. Students on the course will develop key skills such as business analysis, international marketing, data visualization and financial literacy. Real-world business challenges are integrated throughout the program.View School Profile
The Master of Science in Management Studies at Boston University Questrom School of Business is a nine-month program for those finishing their undergraduate studies who wish to deepen their understanding of business. The program focuses on applying academic theory in the real business world on projects with leading employers from AT&T to Citi and Johnson & Johnson.View School Profile
Boston College’s Carroll School of Management offers an MS in Accounting. Graduates of the school pass the CPA exam at a rate that is nearly 30 percent higher than the national average. There is also an MS in Finance that is ranked among the world’s best by the Financial Times. The finance degree is also STEM designated, giving overseas students extra time on their student visa to find work in the US.View School Profile
The McCallum Graduate School Of Business, at Bentley University in Waltham, offers a number of one-year masters programs in taxation, human resources, finance, digital innovation, analytics, and accounting. The business school works with leading companies to design its curricula, and ensure graduates are work-ready. The school has been ranked highly by a number of publications such as the FT and Bloomberg Businessweek.View School Profile
Brandeis University, in Waltham, offers the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance degree. The program develops analytical and quantitative skills through hands-on learning with real companies. The school also strives to foster an inclusive and multicultural environment, and alumni have strong career outcomes.View School Profile