A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is the most popular post-graduate degree in the United States, and for good reason.
In the program, students study foundational business topics, which are applicable in every organization no matter the field.
Learning these skills is necessary to excel in business and learning them from a top school, such as Harvard or Georgetown University also comes with a bonus of big-name backing.
An MBA can help jump start a career, result in a promotion, and allow for an introduction to important business connections through student and alumni contacts. When considering which MBA program to apply for, it’s important to note the rate of employment after the program, as well as the return on investment.
For some, it’s also important to consider the state the MBA program is in.
Based on information from Forbes, we compiled a list of 28 business schools that are the best in their state.
The expected salary for each MBA grad was taken from end of year numbers in 2014, since official 2015 numbers have not had time to be reported yet.
We excluded 22 states where MBA programs did not rank in the top of the field and where salary numbers were not reported. We also threw in the District of Colombia as well — because you can’t ignore Georgetown.
Here are the 29 best MBA programs by state (and the nation’s capital).