Top Business Schools in Virginia

There are ten top business schools in Virginia that have been ranked in at least one of the top business school lists by US News & World Report. These best Virginia business schools offer students a wealth of options when considering which MBA program to attend.

US News & World Report offers various rankings for AACSB-accredited MBA programs including best business schools (which rates those schools with a full-time MBA program), best part-time MBA programs and best online MBA programs. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Here is a short description of the top ten business schools in Virginia.*

George Mason University School of Business
Fairfax, Virginia
George Mason University School of Business is ranked #36 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list and #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, George Mason’s School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Located just outside Washington, D.C., the School of Business’ commitment to the region balances well with the global focus of our programs and diversity of our student body.

The School of Business is fully engaged with the regional business community, graduating highly qualified business students, producing research that informs business policy and operations, and providing venues for the region’s business leaders to work with our students in the classroom and to learn from each other. Business leaders and organizations are actively engaged through executive education programs, speaker engagements, classroom lectures, case competitions, internships, and career placement.

Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national and international business communities and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice. The George Mason’s School of Business is one of only 25% of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting.

College of William and Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business
Williamsburg, Virginia
The College of William and Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business is ranked #82 on the “Best Business Schools” list and #57 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

The Mason School of Business lays claim to the spirit of revolution and takes up the business of rebuilding the global economy by training the next generation of principled business leaders who will imagine the great business opportunities of the day and seize them. The entrepreneurial spirit that is the cornerstone of American business is as alive and as important as ever and lives on at the Mason School of Business.

James Madison University College of Business
Harrisonburg, Virginia
James Madison University College of Business is ranked #12 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list.

The James Madison University College of Business is a learning community committed to excellence in preparing students to be engaged, principled business professionals and leaders; advancing scholarship in business disciplines; and enhancing organizational performance through our outreach activities. The college strives to be recognized as a leader in developing collaborative business partners, engaged with ideas and the world.

Liberty University School of Business
Lynchburg, Virginia
Liberty University is ranked #93 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list.

A Christ-Centered School of Business, The School of Business at Liberty University emphasizes building up Champions for Christ as well as strong business men and women. Their focus on commitment, service, and learning is a joint effort between faculty, students, and the God they serve.

Longwood University College of Business & Economics
Farmville, Virginia
Longwood University is ranked #78 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list.

Building upon Longwood University’s mission of developing citizen leaders, the College of Business and Economics is dedicated to preparing effective and successful business leaders by guiding students to develop their full potential. The college strives to be a nationally ranked business school that develops exceptional business leaders.

Old Dominion University Strome College of Business
Norfolk, Virginia
Old Dominion University is ranked #118 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business endeavors to build a reputation as a vibrant learning community that attracts and retains top-quality undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to meet tomorrow’s international leadership and ethical challenges – today.

Regent University School of Business & Leadership
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Regent University is ranked #78 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list.

Regent University School of Business & Leadership strives to serve as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world. Regent understands that today’s business professional must steer businesses and organizations with entrepreneurial vision and cross-discipline agility.

University of Richmond Robins School of Business
Richmond, Virginia
University of Richmond is ranked #61 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

As a top business school, the Robins School prepares students to be future leaders in a global business world by providing a dynamic learning community, where real-world teaching practices, scholarship and service are at the forefront of their curriculum. The Robins School’s curriculum is built on high-quality classroom teaching reinforced by scholarship, heightened experiential learning outside of the classroom and strong ties and relationships with reputed corporate and government entities.

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia Darden School of Business is ranked #11 on the “Best Business Schools” list.

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global-minded and responsible leaders. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked #101 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

The VCU School of Business ranks in the top five percent of business schools worldwide due to its AACSB International-accredited status. Their dedicated faculty and prime location within one of the top research universities in the nation ensure that students have the support they need to pursue the aspects of business they find most interesting.

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech Pamplin is ranked #47 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Pamplin strives to be a leader in business education, developing knowledge and skills to enhance success in a complex, digital economy, and recognized by companies that employ their graduates and by individuals at influential universities. Pamplin strives to be particularly known for their expertise and accomplishments in business intelligence/analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and for their international programs.

Additional schools in Virginia that were listed in US News & World Report, but their rank was either not published or unranked included Shenandoah University Byrd School of Business in Winchester, Virginia and Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Check out the blog post “Business Schools in Virginia: An Easy Choice” or “Business Schools in VA Have Better ROI” for more information about top ranked MBA programs in Virginia.


*Data supplied from each school’s individual websites and US News & World Report.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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