10 Business Schools To Watch In 2022
Our business schools to watch in 2022 are fighting climate change, tackling social inequality, and championing women in business
Are you applying to business school in 2022 and wondering which schools to add to your target list?
Whether you’re looking enter an exciting new industry or develop as a leader in your own field, business schools are consistently adapting to your needs.
Amid the ongoing covid pandemic, schools are re-evaluating their focus on healthcare and sustainability, launching new MBA and master’s programs, and offering more flexible and affordable ways of pursuing a business school degree.
Here are 10 business schools to watch in 2022:
1. UCL Global Business School for Health (GBSH) – First b-school for health
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In September 2022, UCL will launch the world’s first business school solely dedicated to healthcare, its Global Business School for Health (GSBH).
GBSH offers future and current healthcare leaders a range of programs, including MSc programs in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management, Global Healthcare Management, and Digital Health and Entrepreneurship.
The business school’s Health MBA program is taught by leading faculty in business, health, life sciences, and management. It aims to close the growing healthcare gap and encourage students to think about healthcare from an interdisciplinary perspective, using case studies from across the world, in both private and public healthcare sectors.
What’s more, we named Nora Colton, inaugural director of the UCL Global Business School of Health, our BusinessBecause MBA Professor to Watch in 2022.
2. ESSEC Business School – Pioneering sustainability through reduced travel
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ESSEC Business School is a pioneer in sustainability; the school has eliminated all long-haul travel to reduce its carbon footprint, introducing virtual reality (VR) headsets instead, so that you can still enjoy a similar experience.
Coronavirus permitting, all international field trips will now take place via train, to neighboring countries like Italy, Germany, and Spain. Flights to overseas countries like the US and Hong Kong will no longer take place.
Using VR, students can attend remote conferences, summits, and company networking events, gaining the opportunity to connect with important individuals from across the world.
For example, ESSEC partnered with sustainable fashion startup, Lablaco, to learn about zero waste practices from leaders in fashion including Carlo Capasa, president and CEO of the Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana.
3. Bayes Business School – Promoting diversity & inclusion
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After its recent rebrand, Bayes Business School, of City, University of London, has proved it’s changing more than its name, with a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion.
Bayes is revamping its curriculum to focus more on social inequality and responsible management, adding more international case studies with diverse role models.
Bayes also plans to introduce an undergraduate scholarship fund for Black British students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in 2022 and launch a series of workshops on gender, race, and LGTBQ+ inclusivity in the workplace.
The business school of City, University of London, changed its name last year given Sir John Cass’ historic links to the slave trade, after whom the school was previously named.
4. NUS Business School – Most affordable top MBA
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NUS Business School in Singapore once again offers the most affordable top-ranked MBA program, according to our BusinessBecause Cost of MBA Report.
Our report estimates the total cost of top MBA programs, covering tuition, additional fees, living costs, healthcare cover, and course materials. We found that NUS ranked first for affordability, with an overall cost of around $89,000.
NUS is ranked 14th globally by the Financial Times and also offers a range of scholarships for MBA students.
The overall cost of the NUS MBA is considerably lower than its competitors across the United States and Europe, with the cost of MBA programs at INSEAD, London Business School, and most top US schools exceeding over $130,000.
MIT Sloan remains the world’s most expensive MBA program, with an estimated total cost of over $240,000!
5. Wharton – Championing women in business
Wharton enrolled more women than men into its MBA program for the first time in the school’s 140-year history last year.
52% of students in Wharton’s MBA class of 2023 are women—that’s a greater percentage of female MBA students than any other M7 business school.
Wharton’s dean, Erika H. James, is both the first woman and the first woman of color to lead the business school.
Plus, Wharton’s Male Allies initiative partners with female-led NGOs like Forté Foundation to help male MBA students understand how to be a strong male ally in the workplace.
6. IMD Business School – Championing leadership
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IMD Business School’s distinctive one-year leadership stream is embedded throughout its MBA program—ranked number one in Europe by Bloomberg last year.
Students cultivate a richer understanding of themselves as leaders, working on experiential projects with other team members and also working on themselves with leadership coaches and psychoanalysts.
Top companies that recruit the most IMD MBAs include Amazon and McKinsey with students earning over $120,000 on average after graduation.
7. EDHEC Business School – Fighting climate change
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EDHEC Business School is on this list for its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change. Starting in July 2022, you can enroll in its new MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Finance.
EDHEC’s 18-month program aims to teach future business leaders how to shape businesses to become more sustainable, and successfully address the obstacles the finance industry must overcome to adapt to climate change.
It offers core courses in Climate Change Economics, Measurement Challenges for the Financial Industry, Externality and Life Cycle Thinking, and Adoption Challenges of Cleantech in Developing Countries. It also offers electives in Carbon Allowances and Trading, and Private Equity and Project Finance for Sustainability.
8. Saint Joseph’s Haub School of Business – MBA program to watch!
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Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business in Philadelphia is home to one of the most flexible MBA programs on the market.
The school’s dean, Joe DiAngelo, relaunched the MBA program in a stackable, three-certificate model last year, meaning you can complete the MBA by studying three certificate programs at your own pace either on-campus or fully online.
Certificates cover the core MBA modules like finance, marketing, and supply chain, as well as specialist topics like data science, healthcare management, leadership, and marketing.
You can decide to complete an individual certificate or gain the full MBA certification by completing the core MBA certificate courses and two specializations.
9. Arizona State University Thunderbird School – Master's program to watch!
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One of the most exciting new business master’s programs of 2022, Thunderbird’s new Master in Space Leadership launches this month.
The Executive Master of Global Management: Space Leadership, Business, and Policy aims to develop future space leaders, focusing on space policy and law, space entrepreneurship, and ethical and sustainable commercial space travel.
As Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson open up space to the private sector, Thunderbird hope the master’s program will help promote international cooperation and a global space policy.
The one-year program is designed for professionals with at least eight years of work experience will be delivered by world-leading faculty, including Greg Autry, formerly of NASA and vice president of the National Space Society.
10. Columbia Business School – A new beginning
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Columbia Business School’s new home opens in January 2022! The business school is relocating to two new facilities on Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus in New York City, doubling the size of the school’s current space.
At Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall, Columbia MBA and master’s students will benefit from the latest educational technologies, flexible classrooms, recruiting spaces, and an alumni welcome center.
Between the two state-of-the-art buildings sits a large 40,000-square-foot open area known as The Square.
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