Vanderbilt's MBA Class of 2013 Posts Record Employment Gains

Ninety-three percent of the most recent Vanderbilt MBA graduates have accepted a job offer and this year's average salary rose to $101,301.

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Oct 8, 2013

Hiring in the full-time MBA program at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management reached an all-time high for the Class of 2013, according to newly released data.

Ninety-three percent of Vanderbilt's full-time MBA students seeking employment were employed within 90 days of graduation. Ninety-six percent received a job offer within the same time period. The average starting salary among full-time MBA graduates also rose to $101,301. These are among the key metrics used by U.S. business school programs to gauge employment success.

"I am delighted to report that the important measurements of offers, acceptances and salaries now stand at all-time highs," said Read McNamara (MA '76), Managing Director of Owen's Career Management Center. "As I enter my fourth year at Owen, I do so more convinced than ever that the Vanderbilt MBA program is on a path to preeminence."

In addition to an improved job outlook across the U.S., as well as increased demand for MBA talent globally, the number of companies recruiting on-campus at Vanderbilt has increased 15% over the past three years.

Several major companies made multiple offers to the 137 students seeking employment, including Amazon, now one of the most active recruiters at Owen, as well as Deloitte, ExxonMobil, and Goldman Sachs, among others.

Internship activity for the full-time MBA Class of 2014 was equally robust. A full 100% of the students seeking internships received and accepted an offer, with an average monthly salary of nearly $6,000.

"The results reflected in this year's Employment Report give us the confidence that employers and recruiters are taking note of the MBA talent being cultivated at Vanderbilt," McNamara said. "Our goal is to provide the best career outcomes possible for both our students and our employment partners."

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