10 top-ranked tech-focused MBA programs

Here are the top 10 technology MBA programs in America as ranked by US News & World Report.

Best Tech MBA Programs

Top-ranked tech-focused MBA programs

There's a looming executive leadership crisis in today's IT companies, but there's certainly no shortage of excellent, rigorous programs designed to help build the next generation of great leaders. If you're looking for a resume boost or considering a career path that leads to the C-suite, consider an MBA with a technology focus. Based on the 2016 rankings from U.S. News and World Report, here are the top 10 technology-centric MBA programs, their costs and full-time enrollment statistics.

MIT Sloan tech MBA
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Sloan School of Management is the top-ranked school for technology-focused MBAs, and students can take courses like Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy and Generating Business Value in IT to prepare them for tech leadership roles and, potentially, the C-suite.

Tepper School of Business tech MBA - Carnegie Mellon
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Carnegie Mellon - Tepper School of Business

Tepper School of Business offers a technology leadership MBA in conjunction with the Carnegie Mellon school of Computer Science. It's aimed at students with an undergraduate degree in computer science or engineering who aspire to C-level positions like CIO or CTO.

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McCombs School of Business tech MBA
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University of Texas - Austin - McCombs School of Business

McCombs School of Business offers an Information Systems concentration with its MBA program, with an emphasis on knowing how to leverage IT to create business value; understanding the strategic, financial and economic implications of IT projects; and developing the expertise to manage global resources and projects enabled through IT.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities tech MBA
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Carlson School of Management also offers a technology-focused concentration within its MBA program, intended to prepare students for careers in technology consulting, business analytics and predictive modeling, compliance and auditing of business processes, global sourcing management, and IT governance, among other areas.

University of Arizona tech MBA
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University of Arizona - Eller College of Management

Eller College of Management's Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration prepares MBA students for analyzing, designing, implementing and managing IT. Candidates can enroll in the school's MIS/MBA Business Intelligence and Analysis track, which combines analysis skills and real-world experience into the course of study.

Leonard N Stern tech MBA
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New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business offers a specialization in Management of Information Technology and Operations that focuses on technology-enabled business models and the alignment of IT and operations with corporate strategy, the school says. Students will learn how to make sound IT investment decisions, effectively manage IT assets and data and craft operations and IT strategies to exploit emerging technical opportunities.

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Stanford University Tech MBA
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Stanford University - Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business heavily emphasizes alternative education methods, including corporate case studies, global study trips, role-playing and real-world immersion internships. In addition to the traditional, required management courses, students can opt for elective courses in operations, information and technology.

University of Maryland tech MBA
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University of Maryland - College Park - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Robert H. Smith School of Business Decisions, Operations and IT (DO&IT) program prepares students for careers in the management, design, and implementation of information systems. MBA candidates can choose to focus on Information Systems, Operations Management, or Business Analytics.

University of of Pennsylvania The Wharton School tech MBA
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University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

The Wharton School boasts one of the largest enrollments in the top 10, with 1,715 students currently participating in the MBA programs, according to U.S. News and World Report. Students can focus on Operations and Information Management, and can specialize further by choosing the school's Systems track.

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W.P. Carey School of Business
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Arizona State University - W.P. Carey School of Business

ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business has one of the largest MBA programs in the U.S. with around 1,800 graduate students across all concentrations. The school offers a concentration in Information Systems to help students grasp the technical side of business administration and successfully lead IT departments at innovate companies.