Dan Bauer, CEO and Founder of The MBA Exchange, provider of admissions and career consulting services
Lots to consider...
One criterion is to target universities where big-time athletics are a major aspect of the campus culture. And consider schools located in or near major cities with several pro teams and maybe even league or conference headquarters. Do some research and discover which MBA programs have large, active student clubs focus on sports, media and/or entertainment. Go to LinkedIn to see which business schools the top execs from your favorite sports organization attended.
Finally, it depends on which aspect of the "sports business" you want to pursue. With the above criteria in mind, look at the b-schools that are recognized for excellence in the functional area of business that appeals to you most. MBA programs that rank among the best in marketing, operations and finance are:
- Stanford GSB
- Northwestern Kellogg
- Michigan Ross
- Duke Fuqua
- Texas McCombs
- Berkeley Haas
- UCLA Anderson
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