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10 MBA Programs That Lead to Jobs

Devon Haynie

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.

2013 was a good year for MBA graduates.

They continued to earn higher starting salaries than other American master's students, bringing in a median base salary of $95,000 -- up from $90,000 in 2012, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. Hiring demand in the energy-utilities and health care-pharmaceuticals sectors was up . And the number of business school graduates hired after graduation was on the increase, too.

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On average, nearly 82 percent of full-time MBA students were employed three months after graduating in 2013, according to data reported by 126 ranked business schools in an annual U.S. News survey. That figure was up two percentage points from 2012, and almost nine percentage points from 2010.

At the top 10 schools with the most impressive short-term job placement rates, an average of about 96 percent of students were employed three months after graduation.

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University at Albany--SUNY led the pack, placing 100 percent of its students in jobs three months after they graduated. The Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the highest-ranked business school in the top 10, placed about 96 percent of its graduates in jobs three months out. The school is No. 20 in the U.S. News rankings.

At the other end of the spectrum, Clark Atlanta University had the lowest job placement rate, with only 26 percent of its graduates finding work three months out.

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Below is a list of the 10 universities where 2013 business school graduates had the highest job placement rates three months after graduation. Schools were not required to report what kind of employment students received. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Business school (name) (state) Full-time enrollment (fall 2013)
Full-time students employed three months after graduating in 2013 U.S. News b-school rank
University at Albany--SUNY 78 100.0% 87
University of Tulsa (Collins) (OK) 57 96.3% 96
Emory University (Goizueta) (GA) 352 96.2% 20
Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) 282 96.0% 22
University of Washington (Foster) 236 95.8% 25
Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) 136 95.7% 27
Brigham Young University (Marriott) (UT) 320 95.4% 27
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick and Newark 233 95.2% 60
University of California--Davis 97 94.9% 41
Rice University (Jones) (TX) 223 93.8% 33

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Business School Compass to find job placement information for recent graduates, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed 453 schools for our 2013 survey of business programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Business Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The employment data above are correct as of March 11, 2014.

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