Online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees recently published a ranking of the top 50 business schools to earn an MBA.

The ranking combines the results of seven of the most influential business school rankings from around the world (US News & World Report; BusinessWeek; Forbes; Financial Times; The Economist; Quacquarelli Symonds; and Eduniversal) to create a comprehensive ranking of the best business schools for an MBA in the United States. The ranking results of each publication were weighted the same to remove the subjective elements of each publication's methodology and provide a more accurate picture of a business school's stature.

The ranking lists Stanford University Graduate School of Business as #1, followed by the Harvard University Business School at #2, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business at #3.

"An MBA is a globally known professional credential that can allow for pay raises and promotions," stated Tammie Cagle, editor of Top Management Degrees. "The study of becoming a skilled and knowledgeable businessperson and manager can be one of the most important investments in a professional's life."

Other schools on the list include (alphabetically ordered):

  • Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business -- Tempe, Arizona
  • Babson College Olin Graduate School of Business -- Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Boston College Carroll School of Management -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Boston University Questrom School of Business -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management -- Provo, Utah
  • Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University Columbia Business School -- New York, New York
  • Cornell University Johnson School of Business -- Ithaca, New York
  • Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business -- Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business -- Durham, North Carolina
  • Emory University Goizueta Business School -- Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business -- Washington, District of Columbia
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business -- Atlanta, Georgia
  • Indiana University--Bloomington Kelley School of Business -- Bloomington, Indiana
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management -- Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business -- East Lansing, Michigan
  • New York University Stern School of Business -- New York, New York
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management -- Evanston, Illinois
  • Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business -- University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Purdue University Krannert School of Management -- West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business -- Houston, Texas
  • Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business -- Dallas, Texas
  • Texas A&M University Mays Business School -- College Station, Texas
  • University of California--Berkeley Haas School of Business -- Berkeley, California
  • University of California--Davis Graduate School of Management -- Davis, California
  • University of California--Irvine Paul Merage School of Business -- Irvine, California
  • University of California--Los Angeles Anderson School of Management -- Los Angeles, California
  • University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign College of Business -- Champaign, Illinois
  • University of Iowa Tippie College of Business -- Iowa City, Iowa
  • University of Maryland--College Park Robert H. Smith School of Business -- College Park, Maryland
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business -- Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Carlson School of Management -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Kenan--Flagler Business School -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business -- Notre Dame, Indiana
  • University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester Simon Business School -- Rochester, New York
  • University of Southern California Marshall School of Business -- Los Angeles, California
  • University of Texas--Austin McCombs School of Business -- Austin, Texas
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business -- Charlottesville, Virginia
  • University of Washington Foster School of Business -- Seattle, Washington
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Business -- Madison, Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of management -- Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wake Forest University School of Business -- Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School -- Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Yale University School of Management -- New Haven, Connecticut

For the full list, head to Top Management Degrees' site here.