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10 Business Schools that lead to the most lucrative careers

Earning a Masters Degree in Business is a sure-fire way to land a high-paying job. In fact, MBA graduates earn almost double the national average. Still, your salary is heavily influenced by where you get your degree–some schools are more highly regarded, and can offer more valuable networking opportunities. Here’s a list of business schools with the highest average salaries and bonuses for 2019 graduates.


10. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia - $168,626

The stats speak for themselves: 97% of students receive job offers within 3 months of graduating, over 130 companies hiring Darden grads, and graduate signing bonuses surpassing $33,000 on average.


9. Sloan School of Management, MIT - $168,745

Sloan is widely recognized for its global focus: study abroad is encouraged, students solve existing international business problems in simulations at the “Action Learning labs,” and student organizations include clubs focused on a variety of nations.


8. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University - $168,924

Kellogg School of Management offers one-year and two-year MBA programs. Students benefit from over 100 student organizations, over a dozen research centers, and the network of over 50,000 alumni.


7. Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College - $169,947

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business opens the door to extensive career opportunities, offering top-notch career advisory, a responsive alumni network, and over 1,000 companies and organizations recruiting Tuck students.


6. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago - $173,438

With its word-class faculty and interdisciplinary approach to studying business, it’s unsurprising that 98.4% of full-time MBA students receive job offers within three months of graduating.


5. Stern School of Business, NYU - $173,513

It’s location in New York City gives NYU Stern students an automatic advantage when seeking job opportunities. Alumni take advantage of career coaching, alumni events, job postings, and more provided by Stern’s Career Center for Working Professionals.


4. Columbia Business School - $175,725

Almost 80% of full-time grads are employed by graduation, and alumni have access to the CBS Career Management team, which coaches alumni on networking, professional branding, interviewing, professional development, and more.


3. Harvard Business School - $176,928

Ranking #1 in Management and #6 in U.S. News’ Best Business Schools, Harvard is internationally recognized as a leader in high-quality education. HBS’s career resources include 50 career coaches, 150 alumni career programs, and 600 hiring organizations.


2. Stanford Business School - $180,831

Tied for the #1 Business School ranking, Stanford’s global reputation and alumni network greatly increase your post-graduate job opportunities.


1. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania - $181,927

With over 98% of job-seeking alumni receiving full-time job offers since their graduation in 2019, it’s no wonder the Wharton School is tied with Stanford for #1 Business School.

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