Philadelphia is home to some of the nation’s oldest business schools. Most of these schools offer both undergraduate and graduate programs leading toward BS (Bachelor of Science), MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees in various economics and business fields.
University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School
Founded in 1881, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School is the world’s oldest collegiate business school. As of 2009, the school had nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Wharton School offers an undergraduate program leading toward a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Economics, as well as MBA programs, doctoral programs and executive education. Wharton has 11 different academic departments, including business and public policy, finance, management, statistics and more. The Wharton School tied for 3rd in the US News and World Report’s 2009 ranking of business schools, and tied for 1st in the 2010 global MBA rankings by the Financial Times. The school was also ranked 9th in The Economist’s 2009 ranking of full-time MBA programs.
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 420 Jon M. Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000 Wharton.upenn.edu
Temple University: The Fox School of Business
The Fox School of Business was established in 1918, and as of 2009, the school had about 6,500 students. The school offers an undergraduate program and a variety of full-time and part-time graduate programs. Graduate students can work toward an MBA degree, a JD/MBA dual degree, an executive MBA or a certificate. The Fox School also offers academic research programs leading toward master’s degrees in a variety of fields, and PhD degrees in business administration or statistics. Temple University’s Fox School of Business was ranked 55th in the US News and World Report’s 2009 business school ranking.
Temple University Fox School of Business Alter Hall 1801 Liacouras Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122 (215) 204-7676 fox.temple.edu
Drexel University: The LeBow College of Business
Founded in 1891, the LeBow College of Business is one of the oldest divisions of Drexel University. The LeBow College offers undergraduate programs as well as MBA programs, executive MBA programs and doctoral programs. As of 2009, the school had about 3,500 students, 70 percent of which were undergraduates. The LeBow College of Business was ranked 10th in Business Week’s 2009 ranking of part-time MBA programs. The magazine also designated LeBow as a good choice for individuals hoping to change careers.
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 895-2000 lebow.drexel.edu
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