A Starter List of the Best Part-Time MBA Programs

Many of the most elite MBA programs in this country are only offered for full-time students.

But not everyone is able to, or interested in, dropping everything for two years to get a degree. You can get the quality of the education you get in a full-time program on a part-time schedule thanks to these MBA programs across the country:

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business

Northwestern is considered to be one of the toughest schools to get into. The Kellogg School of Business ranks number nine when it comes to having the best career prospects.

Acceptance Rate: 22.9%

Average GMAT Score: 707

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Considered to be one of the top part-time MBA programs in the country, the Booth School of Business also has one of the top entrepreneurial programs.

Acceptance Rate: 8.8%

Average GMAT Score: 687

University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

UC Berkeley's MBA program is known to have the best post-graduating career prospects, especially for women, and is considered to yield one of the best classroom experiences for students. UC Berkeley is considered to have some of the best professors in the country.

Acceptance Rate: 13.9%

Average GMAT Score: 692

New York University, Stern School of Business

NYU is one of the top business schools in the northeast. The school tends to yield high career prospects for students and offers some of the best classroom experiences. Students attending the part-time program get the same access to professors teaching in the full-time program.

Acceptance Rate: 15.7%

Average GMAT Score: 670

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business

The Ross School of Business has one of the highest ranked part-time MBA programs. Famous alumni include Peter Faricy, vice president and general manager of Amazon Marketplace; Thomas J. Wilson, the CEO of Allstate Insurance; and Brad Keywell the co-founder of Groupon.

Acceptance Rate: 40.7%

Average GMAT Score: 652

University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management

UCLA offers some of the best opportunities for women pursuing an MBA. This school was ranked number two for best campus environment and is considered to be one of the top business schools in the west coast.

Acceptance Rate: 22.6%

Average GMAT Score: 674

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Carnegie Mellon is rated in the top 10 for greatest opportunities for minority students. The Tepper School of Business also has some of the best career prospects for students and one of the top schools in the northeast.

Acceptance Rate: 26.7%

Average GMAT Score: 649

University of Texas, Austin, McCombs School of Business

UT Austin's business program is ranked in the top 10 for best professors and best campus environment. Famous alumni include Gerard Arpey, chairman, president, and CEO of American Airlines; Sara Martinez Tucker, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; and William Johnson, chairman, president, and CEO of Heinz.

Acceptance Rate: 28.6%

Average GMAT Score: 628

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

USC's entrepreneurial program is ranked 10 in the nation and is considered to be one of the best schools in the west. Most students who graduate from the Marshall School of Business tend to land career opportunities in consulting, finance/accounting, and marketing/sales.

Acceptance Rate: 29.5%

Average GMAT Score: 618

Washington University, St. Louis, Olin Business School

Washington University is one of the best business schools in the midwest. People who enroll in Olin Business School tend to have about five years of work experience and have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.39.

Acceptance Rate: 34.1%

Average GMAT Score: 607

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