Ryan Lytle

These business programs charge more than $50,000 annually for tuition and required fees

Students that are interested in cutting costs while attending business school may find more value in targeting a public business program. Attending a private business school is an expensive endeavor: Students paid an average of $52,775 in tuition and required fees during the 2010-11 school year at the 10 most expensive private business schools, according to data provided to U.S. News in a 2010 survey.

In comparison, in-state students at the 10 most expensive public business schools paid an average of $34,698 annually, and out-of-state students at the 10 most expensive public business schools paid 43,488, on average.

All business schools among the top 10 most expensive private business programs charged more than $50,000 for tuition and fees in the 2010-11 academic year. That's the premium students must pay to attend a highly reputable program, as eight of the 10 most expensive private business schools, including the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School, are among the top 10 in U.S. News's rankings of Best Business Schools, and all 10 business schools are among the top 20.

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Only schools that reported the yearly cost of tuition and fees were included in this analysis. Private schools that provided tuition and fees data to U.S. News based on per-credit hour costs or overall costs for the entire length of the program were excluded. Also, business schools that were designated by U.S. News as Unranked were not considered for this report.

Below is a table of the 10 most expensive private business schools based on tuition and required fees (figures do not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs):


University Tuition Rank
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Harvard University (MA)$56,2042
Columbia University (NY)$55,5889
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)$54,0093
Stanford University (CA)$53,1181
Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)$52,50018
University of Chicago (Booth)$51,6805
Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)$51,6635
Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)$51,0007
Yale University (CT)$51,00010
Cornell University (Johnson) (NY)$50,99216

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its rankings category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

U.S. News surveyed more than 400 schools for our 2010 survey of business programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annualBest Business Schoolsrankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News rankings of Best CollegesorBest Graduate Schools.

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