For U.S. MBAs, Going Global Has Never Been Easier

Ever since the U.S. economic crisis hit in 2008, business school insiders have speculated that increasing numbers of graduating MBAs would head overseas for jobs. This hasn’t happened. If anything, fewer graduates of top programs are heading overseas for work. At eight of Bloomberg Businessweek’s top 10 full-time programs, the percentage of graduates taking positions outside North America was down or flat in 2011, compared to 2008. The exceptions were Harvard Business School, from which 20 percent of graduates went overseas in 2011, up from 18 percent in 2008, and University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, at which 19 percent of graduates took overseas jobs in 2011, up from 12 percent in 2008.

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