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Best and Worst 2012 MBA Job Placement

  1. Job Offers Abundant, for Most
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    Job Offers Abundant, for Most

    Many business schools felt optimistic at the start of the hiring season last fall, and for the most part their expectations were met in 2012. Job offers continued to be plentiful, making schools confident that a stronger job market for MBA graduates has returned, hopefully to stay.

    This year, half of Bloomberg Businessweek's 30 top-ranked U.S. schools managed to improve their job placement rates. There were no dramatic increases in job placement rates this year, but schools that saw improvement managed to boost their offer rates by anywhere from one to four percentage points over last year. Some schools managed to place all but a small percentage of their students three months post-graduation, such as Emory University's Goizueta Business School and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. A handful of schools reported that 10 percent or more of their graduates were without job offers three months out. At the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, the number of graduates lacking job offers more than doubled, and nearly one out of four were still searching for work.

    Consulting was the most popular industry, followed closely by financial services. Other hot industries for graduates this year were technology, consumer products, and energy. Meanwhile, employers such as Boston Consulting Group, Amazon.com, and McKinsey were active on the recruiting scene, snapping up many of this year's most promising MBA graduates and ranking as top employers on many business school campuses.

    Note: Job placement refers to job offers received within three months of graduation. The schools are ranked in order of placement rates, with the best listed first. In case of ties, schools with placement rates that improved the most since 2011 received a higher rank.

    Photograph by Kendall Whitehouse/The Wharton School
  2. 1. Emory University
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    1. Emory University

    Goizueta Business School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 2%
    • 2011: 5%
    • 2010: 7%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (34%)
    • Financial Services (23%)
    • Consumer Products (13%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloitte
    • Accenture
    • Bank of America

    Photograph courtesy Emory University
  3. 2. University of California, Berkeley
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    2. University of California, Berkeley

    Haas School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 4%
    • 2011: 8%
    • 2010: 10%

    Top Industries
    • Technology (31%)
    • Consulting (20.7%)
    • Financial Services (14.3%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloitte Consulting
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting

    Photograph courtesy of University, Berkeley
  4. 3. Northwestern University
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    3. Northwestern University

    Kellogg School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 4%
    • 2011: 6%
    • 2010: 10%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (35%)
    • Financial Services (19.2%)
    • Technology (14.2%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting
    • Bain & Co.
     

    Photograph courtesy of Kellogg School of Management
  5. 4. MIT
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    4. MIT

    Sloan School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 4%
    • 2011: 4.1%
    • 2010: 4.9%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (29.2%)
    • Technology (16.8%)
    • Investment Banking (12.8%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Amazon
    • Boston Consulting Group
     

    Photograph courtesy of MIT
  6. 5. Columbia University
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    5. Columbia University

    Columbia Business School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 4%
    • 2011: 3%
    • 2010: 6%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (48%)
    • Consulting (24%)
    • Technology (7%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Goldman Sachs
    • JPMorgan
     

    Photograph by James Leynse/Corbis
  7. 6. Rice University
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    6. Rice University

    Jones Graduate School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 8%
    • 2010: 16%

    Top Industries
    • Energy (40%)
    • Consulting (19%)
    • Financial Services (12%)

    Top Employers
    • ExxonMobil
    • Ernst & Young
    • FMC Technology

    Photograph courtesy of Rice University
  8. 7. University of Chicago
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    7. University of Chicago

    Booth School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 7%
    • 2010: 9%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (43.4%)
    • Consulting (30.3%)
    • Technology (9%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting
    • Bain & Co.

  9. 8. Indiana University
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    8. Indiana University

    Kelley School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 6%
    • 2010: 14%

    Top Industries
    • Consumer Products (21%)
    • Manufacturing (20%)
    • Consulting (17%)

    Top Employers
    • Cummins
    • Proctor & Gamble
    • Deloitte

    Photograph courtesy of Kelley School of Business
  10. 9. University of Pennsylvania
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    9. University of Pennsylvania

    The Wharton School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 5%
    • 2010: 13%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (41%)
    • Consulting (26.7%)
    • Technology (11.6%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting
    • Bain & Co.

    Photograph by Kendall Whitehouse/The Wharton School
  11. 10. Dartmouth College
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    10. Dartmouth College

    Tuck School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 3%
    • 2010: 3%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (36%)
    • Financial Services (22%)
    • Consumer Products (13%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Bain & Co.
    • Amazon.com

    Photograph courtesy of Dartmouth College
  12. 10. Harvard University
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    10. Harvard University

    Harvard Business School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 5%
    • 2011: 3%
    • 2010: 5%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (34.6%)
    • Consulting (24.5%)
    • Technology (12%)

    Top Employers
    • Not available

    Photograph by Brent Lewin/Bloomberg
  13. 12. University of Texas, Austin
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    12. University of Texas, Austin

    McCombs School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 6%
    • 2011: 8%
    • 2010: 7%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (24%)
    • Financial Services (20.9%)
    • Technology (20.4%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloitte
    • Dell
    • PepsiCo

    Photograph courtesy of University of Texas, Austin
  14. 13. New York University
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    13. New York University

    Stern School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 6%
    • 2011: 7%
    • 2010: 10%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (45%)
    • Consulting (22%)
    • Consumer Products (11%)

    Top Employers
    • Accenture
    • American Express
    • Bank of America

    Photograph by Pixelbully/Alamy
  15. 13. Texas A&M University
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    13. Texas A&M University

    Mays Business School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 6%
    • 2011: 7%
    • 2010: 8%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (21.7%)
    • Technology (19.6%)
    • Energy (17.4%)

    Top Employers
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • Dell
    • Deloitte

    Photograph courtesy of Texas A&M University
  16. 15. University of Virginia
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    15. University of Virginia

    Darden School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 6%
    • 2011: 5%
    • 2010: 13%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (30%)
    • Financial Services (25%)
    • Technology (12%)

    Top Employers
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting
    • Microsoft

    Photograph courtesy of Darden School of Business
  17. 15. Georgia Institute of Technology
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    15. Georgia Institute of Technology

    Scheller College of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 6%
    • 2011: 5%
    • 2010: 3%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (36%)
    • Financial Services (17%)
    • Technology (13%)

    Top Employers
    • North Highland
    • Bank of America
    • Emerson

    Photograph by Daniel Mayer
  18. 17. University of Notre Dame
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    17. University of Notre Dame

    Mendoza College of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 7%
    • 2011: 10%
    • 2010: 18%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (24%)
    • Consulting (19%)
    • Technology (13%)

    Top Employers
    • IBM
    • Deloitte
    • Ernst & Young

    Photograph courtesy of University of Notre Dame
  19. 17. Brigham Young University
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    17. Brigham Young University

    Marriott School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 7%
    • 2011: 10%
    • 2010: 14%

    Top Industries
    • Technology (36%)
    • Consumer Products (17%)
    • Financial Services (12%)

    Top Employers
    • Adobe Systems
    • Amazon.com
    • Dell

    Photograph by Brigham Young University
  20. 19. Duke University
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    19. Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 7%
    • 2011: 8%
    • 2010: 19%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (33%)
    • Financial Services (20%)
    • Technology (14%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloitte
    • McKinsey
    • Boston Consulting Group

    Photograph by Duke University
  21. 20. University of Minnesota
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    20. University of Minnesota

    Carlson School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 7%
    • 2011: 3%
    • 2010: 9%

    Top Industries
    • Consumer Products (28%)
    • Consulting (16%)
    • Pharma/Biotech (14%)

    Top Employers
    • General Mills
    • Target
    • Deloitte

    Photograph courtesy University of Minnesota
  22. 21. Cornell University
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    21. Cornell University

    Johnson Graduate School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 8%
    • 2011: 11%
    • 2010: 17%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (39.2%)
    • Consulting (23.9%)
    • Consumer Products (8.6%)

    Top Employers
    • Citigroup
    • Accenture
    • Deloitte Consulting

    Photograph courtesy of Cornell University
  23. 22. Carnegie Mellon University
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    22. Carnegie Mellon University

    Tepper School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 8%
    • 2011: 9%
    • 2010: 11%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (28.9%)
    • Technology (21.1%)
    • Financial Services (19.3%)

    Top Employers
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Amazon.com
    • Deloitte & Touche

    Photograph courtesy Carnegie Mellon University
  24. 23. University of California, Los Angeles
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    23. University of California, Los Angeles

    Anderson School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 9%
    • 2011: 9%
    • 2010: 15%

    Top Industries
    • Technology (24.8%)
    • Financial Services (21.4%)
    • Consulting (18.3%)

    Top Employers
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Amazon.com
    • Boston Consulting


    Photograph courtesy of University of California, Los Angeles
  25. 24. Michigan State University
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    24. Michigan State University

    Broad College of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 10%
    • 2011: 13%
    • 2010: 28%

    Top Industries
    • Manufacturing (39.2%)
    • Technology (25.7%)
    • Consumer Products (14.9%)

    Top Employers
    • Intel
    • Nike
    • Ford

    Photograph courtesy of Michigan State University
  26. 25. Yale University
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    25. Yale University

    Yale School of Management

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 10%
    • 2011: 6%
    • 2010: 8%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (26%)
    • Financial Services (25%)
    • Consumer Products (11%)

    Top Employers
    • Barclays
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Boston Consulting Group

    Photograph by Yale University
  27. 26. Stanford University
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    26. Stanford University

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 10%
    • 2011: 5%
    • 2010: 7%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (32%)
    • Technology (24%)
    • Consulting (20%)

    Top Employers
    • Bain & Co.
    • Boston Consulting Group
    • CIM Group

    Photograph courtesy of Stanford University
  28. 27. University of North Carolina
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    27. University of North Carolina

    Kenan-Flagler Business School

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 12%
    • 2011: 12%
    • 2010: 16%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (27%)
    • Consulting (18%)
    • Pharma/Biotech (11%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloitte Consulting
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Bank of America

    Photograph courtesy of University of North Carolina
  29. 28. University of Michigan
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    28. University of Michigan

    Ross School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 15%
    • 2011: 15%
    • 2010: 22%

    Top Industries
    • Consulting (31.9%)
    • Technology (17.6%)
    • Consumer Products (11%)

    Top Employers
    • Deloite
    • Accenture
    • Boston Consulting Group

    Photograph by University of Michigan
  30. 29. Southern Methodist University
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    29. Southern Methodist University

    Cox School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 21%
    • 2011: 17%
    • 2010: 33%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (19.2%)
    • Energy (16.2%)
    • Technology (14.1%)

    Top Employers
    • American Airlines
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Hunt Consolidated

    Photograph courtesy of Southern Methodist University
  31. 30. University of Southern California
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    30. University of Southern California

    Marshall School of Business

    Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation
    • 2012: 23%
    • 2011: 9%
    • 2010: 12%

    Top Industries
    • Financial Services (29%)
    • Consulting (14%)
    • Technology (14%)

    Top Employers
    • Electronic Arts
    • Ernst & Young
    • Sony

    Photograph courtesy of University of Southern California