Management Consulting at Top MBA Programs

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Management_ConsultingEntrepreneurship is the sexy post-MBA job, but the reality is that less than 5% of grads from top MBA programs start a business at graduation. Per GMAC’s just released Prospective Students Survey Report, 34% of all graduate business students seek consulting positions after they earn their degree. My suspicion is that the figure is even higher among full-time MBA candidates. True, many will work as consultants for a few years, and then down the road start their own business.

If you are in that vast mass of MBA wannabes planning/hoping for a job in consulting immediately after you earn your degree, this ranking is for you! We’ve examined US News’ top MBA programs and the number of grads who have gone into consulting from each one. (The data here is from U.S. News.)

Ranked by Percentage of Grads Going into Consulting

School Full-Time Graduates # Reporting Consulting Jobs % of Grads
Yale 230 69 30%
Kellogg 627 180 29%
Duke 434 124 29%
Michigan Ross 512 140 27%
MIT Sloan 390 105 27%
CMU Tepper 208 55 26%
Chicago Booth 579 146 25%
Emory 123 31 25%
Dartmouth 266 66 25%
Wharton 800 191 24%
UVA Darden 312 74 24%
Georgetown 248 55 22%
NYU Stern 375 83 22%
USC Marshall 210 45 21%
Texas McCombs 271 56 21%
Harvard 905 175 19%
Notre Dame Mendoza 129 22 17%
UNC Kenan-Flagler 283 48 17%
Cornell 282 47 17%
UC Berkeley Haas 241 40 17%
Indiana Kelley 216 35 16%
Columbia Business School 730 107 15%
Stanford 391 49 13%
UCLA Anderson 369 41 11%

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Ranked by Number of Grads Going into Consulting

School Full-Time Graduates # Reporting Consulting Jobs % of Grads
Wharton 800 191 24%
Kellogg 627 180 29%
Harvard 905 175 19%
Chicago Booth 579 146 25%
Michigan Ross 512 140 27%
Duke 434 124 29%
Columbia Business School 730 107 15%
MIT Sloan 390 105 27%
NYU Stern 375 83 22%
UVA Darden 312 74 24%
Yale 230 69 30%
Dartmouth 266 66 25%
Texas McCombs 271 56 21%
CMU Tepper 208 55 26%
Georgetown 248 55 22%
Stanford 391 49 13%
UNC Kenan-Flagler 283 48 17%
Cornell 282 47 17%
USC Marshall 210 45 21%
UCLA Anderson 369 41 11%
UC Berkeley Haas 241 40 17%
Indiana Kelley 216 35 16%
Emory 123 31 25%
Notre Dame Mendoza 129 22 17%

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Certainly a high ranking in either of these lists indicates that the program has the recruiting ties, placement track record, and alumni network, as well as the curriculum, to support your consulting goals. This solid indication implies these schools deserve further research about the appropriateness of a given school for you. However, it doesn’t tell the full picture. Dig into the schools’ class profile, placement stats, curriculum, extra-curricular activities and opportunities to determine which schools to apply to.

Ultimately you want to apply to programs that will take you where you want to go and that are likely to admit you.

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Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

 

 

 

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