NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Making the decision to pursue a degree in higher education can be difficult for anyone, especially because of the high cost that can come with it. For many people looking to pursue or advance a career in finance, the benefits of attending business school outweigh the costs.
With so many business schools in the country, where can anyone begin to look? U.S. News and World Report has ranked 126 of 464 full-time master’s programs in business using surveys collected in the fall of 2014 and early 2015.
These rankings are based on the weighted average of a number of indicators, including placement success, student selectivity, graduate employment rates, and recruiter assessment.
Click through to see the 25 best business schools of 2015:
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
Established in 1921, the Mendoza College of Business continues to embrace Catholic Social Teaching by applying it to a business curriculum. At Mendoza, students are taught how to analyze ethical dilemmas, develop moral alternatives, and lead with integrity.
University of Southern California (Marshall)
Located in metropolitan Southern California, the USC Marshall School of Business prides itself on the global curriculum it offers its students. The Marshall community encourage its graduates to be successful in the global marketplace by addressing the problems that challenge business and society, both locally and abroad.
24. Georgetown University (McDonough)
As a Catholic and Jesuit University, the McDonough School of Business stresses ethics as well as academics in its curriculum. Students at McDonough are able to leverage their location in Washington, D.C. to focus on the intersection of business, public policy, and international affairs and markets.
23. University of Washington (Foster)
Founded in 1917, University of Washington’s Foster School of Business is consistently ranked as one of the top MBA programs in the country, and boasts high rates of job placement amongst its graduates. The programs available at Foster emphasize leadership, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurship.
Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley)
The Kelley School of Business, established in 1920, has a number of existing collaborations with international partner schools that allows its students to develop a global understanding of business. At Kelley, a collaborative approach amongst faculty, students, alumni, and beyond is strongly encouraged.
MBA hopefuls who wish to work at Proctor & Gamble should consider studying at Kelley, the New York Times suggests in a recent article. In addition to the P.&G. Cincinnati headquarters and the Bloomington campus are only 125 miles apart, the company is the biggest source of brand managers for Kelley and boasts over 170 Kelley alumni as employees.
Emory University (Goizueta)
Goizueta Business School at Emory University, founded in 1919, was established to provide students with “training in social efficiency alongside financial development.” In 2014, the Full-Time MBA Program at Goizueta Business School ranked #1 nationally for job placement by Poets & Quants.
20. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
The Tepper School of Business aims to equip students of the business program with the tools and knowledge needed to become effective leaders in uncertain markets. To do this, the school focuses on preparing its students for leadership positions by personalizing leadership coaching and mentoring.
19. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the top research-oriented business schools in the country. Olin’s mission is to “Create knowledge… Inspire individuals… Transform business.”
18. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
At UNC Kenan-Flagler, the community focuses on five core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Ranked by The Economist as a top MBA program based on potential to network, Kenan-Flagler prides itself on their renowned alumni network.
17. University of Texas – Austin (McCombs)
One of the oldest business schools in the US south-west, the McCombs School of Business aims to educate leaders that can bring positive changes to society. In Austin, students of the business school can contribute to the exploration of energy sufficiency and sustainability and innovation and creativity.
16. Cornell University (Johnson)
At the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, students are able to combine learning with doing through a large amount of student participation in team-based projects. Through their coursework and connections with students and faculty throughout Cornell, Johnson students have the opportunity to study and research topics in any subject.
15. University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)
The community at the UCLA Anderson School of Management values forward thinking, cooperation, and leadership in driving change where it is needed most. As the first management graduate school to establish field studies, UCLA Anderson provides students with the opportunity to create well-researched, strategic plans in business or consulting for the management of partner organizations.
Established in 1976, the Yale School of Management prides itself on its global reach, where MBA students are required to travel outside of the United States as part of their academic experience. With close ties to the university itself, the business school encourages MBA students to take electives in other departments.
With the creation of the Global Network for Advanced Management, Yale has become a top university to receive a global education without leaving the country. According to the New York Times, the Network has pulled together 27 schools from five continents into a consortium that has aided joint faculty research and case studies. Yale also allows students who are a part of the Network to take online course, or go to study at one of the other schools.
Duke University (Fuqua)
One of the many perks for students at the Fuqua School of Business is access to the renowned faculty and research facilities at Duke University. The Fuqua community is based on “the principles of supportive ambition, authentic engagement, and collective diversity.”
With two of its top 10 executives having graduated from Fuqua, Apple has been known to hire a significant number of Fuqua graduates over the past five years. As a result, the New York Times considers this to be the best business school for getting a job at Apple.
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross)
One of the top priorities at the Ross School of Business is to focus on personalized leadership development. Students create their own leadership plan through individualized executive coaching, guided self-assessment, and feedback.
According to the New York Times, Ross has the best business school program to get a job at Amazon.com. The vice president of Amazon Marketplace and the most senior Ross graduate at Amazon, Peter Faricy, credits a course that takes students to solve a problem for a sponsoring company to opening his eyes to the importance of various skills, including deep analytics.
New York University (Stern)
One of the oldest business schools in the world, NYU Stern aims to help students create ways in which to better both business and society. While Stern offers an MBA in general management, students can concentrate on studying and researching specific areas of business that will help them in their future careers.
10. University of Virginia (Darden)
The Darden School of Business, which was the first graduate business school in the South, aims to help students thrive as entrepreneurial, global-minded and responsible leaders. To do so, the diverse Darden community is encourages students and alumni alike to collaborate and excel.
9. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
Tuck, which only offers a full-time MBA degree, believes that the residential experience is crucial for its MBA students to build strong, lifelong relationships and bolster teamwork. Like Dartmouth, Tuck values qualities such as integrity, excellence, community, individuality, diversity, and inclusiveness.
8. Columbia University
Columbia Business School is committed to helping students to create value in business and society, as well as giving its faculty the tools and support it needs to advance the research and practice of management. Located on the Upper West Side, Columbia Business School provides its students unparalleled access to the global center that is New York City.
7. University of California – Berkeley (Haas)
Founded in 1898, the Walter A. Haas School of Business is the oldest business school at a public institution in the country. The archetype at Haas is someone who can “build enterprises powered in every business area by new ideas put into action.”
6. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Students at the Kellogg School of Management are encouraged by the community to inspire growth, whether it is in people, organizations or markets. Graduate students can choose from a variety of degree programs to enroll in and have access to more than a dozen research centers.
MBA hopefuls who hope to work at McKinsey & Company should consider Kellogg, according to the New York Times. One of the top four recruiters at Kellogg in 2014, McKinsey has hired 215 graduates of the school over the past 5 years.
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
Established in 1914, Sloan School of Management at MIT aims to develop leaders involved with global concerns. The school has collaborations with a number of international organizations and universities, and students are encouraged to become involved in international business clubs.
4. University of Chicago (Booth)
Established in 1898, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the world. Students at Chicago Booth are encouraged to constantly question and test ideas and aim to find proof.
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Established in 1881, the Wharton School was the world’s first collegiate business school. With close to 90,000 alumni worldwide, Wharton prides itself on its global reach and networking opportunities.
2. Harvard University
The community at Harvard Business School aims to “educate leaders who make a difference in the world.” To do so, HBS pioneered the case method, which presents challenges to its students with constraints found in real business situations.
According to the New York Times, Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, HBS is becoming a top business school for students looking to start their own businesses. With 33 graduate-level entrepreneurship courses, Harvard was voted #1 in Entrepreneur magazine's ranking of graduate programs.
1. Stanford University
Established in 1925, the Stanford Graduate School of Business continues to prioritize a focus on leadership development. The school provides students with simulations of business challenges and management cases, as well as student clubs that help to lessen competition between students and, instead, boost teamwork and strong relationships.
Stanford has the best business school for students hoping to pursue a career in private equity, the New York Times says. Stanford graduates were placed 12% into private equity jobs in 2014, as students are taught how to combine their knowledge of scale small, fast-growing companies with what they learn in analytical finance courses.