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Many MBA students start business school with the hope that it will lead to career advancement, but launching a successful career is no easy task.
One positive sign that indicates a business school helps students thrive after graduation is when its recent graduates have high job placement rates.
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Among the 131 ranked MBA programs that provided job placement data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the average employment rate three months after graduation among full-time 2016 MBAs was 88.3 percent.
Only one of these programs had a 100 percent employment rate among its 2016 graduates: the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.
The 10 MBA programs that were most successful at connecting graduates with jobs included both public and private b-schools. Two of these programs placed in the top 10 in the 2018 Best Business Schools ranking. But the programs that excelled in job placement were not necessarily highly ranked. Although seven of these 10 programs ranked in the top 50, three did not.
For instance, the School of Business at La Salle University had the fourth-highest employment rate among MBA programs that reported these data to U.S. News, but the school is listed as RNP, or Rank Not Published, since it fell within the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category.
The MBA program that reported the lowest employment rate among its recent graduates was Bowling Green State University, where only 25 percent of full-time graduates had jobs within three months of graduation.
Below is a list of the 10 full-time MBA programs where graduates were most likely to be employed three months after graduation in 2016. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.
School (name) (state)
Number of full-time MBA graduates seeking employment (2016)
Percent employed three months after graduation (2016)
U.S. News business school rank
Temple University (Fox) (PA)
University of Washington (Foster)
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
La Salle University (PA)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey--Newark and New Brunswick
Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) (MO)
Northeastern University (MA)
Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)
Michigan State University (Broad)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Business School Compass to find job placement data, 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 471 schools for our 2016 survey of business programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News' 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' rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The job placement data above are correct as of March 23, 2017.
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