To make the best investment, it’s good to know what’s at stake. Here we list the programs where MBAs suffer the highest amount of student loan debt after graduation. The list is culled from more than 10,000 responses from graduates of the 115 business schools that participated in Bloomberg Businessweek‘s 2012 full-time MBA ranking. The dubious front runner: Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where the average debt burden was $87,398.

“This is not a ranking we are comfortable leading,” says Jennifer Francis, senior associate dean for programs at Fuqua. “Increasing available scholarship funds is a critical priority in our current fundraising campaign.”

Following Duke is the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where the average reported debt burden was $83, 226. On the slides that follow, we’ve listed the ten highest reported debt burdens, each program’s cost, and the average starting salary reported by graduates. Click through to shop around.

(Data note: Program Cost and Average Starting Salary numbers were provided by the schools mentioned in Fall 2012. Average Debt Burden data was collected in the graduate survey that was part of the 2012 Best Business Schools ranking.)

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To make the best investment, it’s good to know what’s at stake. Here we list the programs where MBAs suffer the highest amount of student loan debt after graduation. The list is culled from more than 10,000 responses from graduates of the 115 business schools that participated in Bloomberg Businessweek‘s 2012 full-time MBA ranking. The dubious front runner: Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where the average debt burden was $87,398.

“This is not a ranking we are comfortable leading,” says Jennifer Francis, senior associate dean for programs at Fuqua. “Increasing available scholarship funds is a critical priority in our current fundraising campaign.”

Following Duke is the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where the average reported debt burden was $83, 226. On the slides that follow, we’ve listed the ten highest reported debt burdens, each program’s cost, and the average starting salary reported by graduates. Click through to shop around.

(Data note: Program Cost and Average Starting Salary numbers were provided by the schools mentioned in Fall 2012. Average Debt Burden data was collected in the graduate survey that was part of the 2012 Best Business Schools ranking.)

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The Highest B-School Debt Burdens

Duke Nabs the Undesirable Top Spot
Duke Nabs the Undesirable Top Spot

To make the best investment, it’s good to know what’s at stake. Here we list the programs where MBAs suffer the highest amount of student loan debt after graduation. The list is culled from more than 10,000 responses from graduates of the 115 business schools that participated in Bloomberg Businessweek‘s 2012 full-time MBA ranking. The dubious front runner: Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where the average debt burden was $87,398.

“This is not a ranking we are comfortable leading,” says Jennifer Francis, senior associate dean for programs at Fuqua. “Increasing available scholarship funds is a critical priority in our current fundraising campaign.”

Following Duke is the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where the average reported debt burden was $83, 226. On the slides that follow, we’ve listed the ten highest reported debt burdens, each program’s cost, and the average starting salary reported by graduates. Click through to shop around.

(Data note: Program Cost and Average Starting Salary numbers were provided by the schools mentioned in Fall 2012. Average Debt Burden data was collected in the graduate survey that was part of the 2012 Best Business Schools ranking.)

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10. Northwestern (Kellogg)
10. Northwestern (Kellogg)
Program Cost: $113,100

Average Starting Salary: $116,605

Average Debt Burden: $69,962
Photograph courtesy of Northwestern University
9. USC (Marshall)
9. USC (Marshall)
Program Cost: $103,300

Average Starting Salary: $97,921

Average Debt Burden: $70,340
Photograph courtesy of University of Southern Californi
8. Dartmouth (Tuck)
8. Dartmouth (Tuck)
Program Cost: $117,930

Average Starting Salary: $115,302

Average Debt Burden: $75,081

Photograph courtesy of Dartmouth University
7. Michigan (Ross)
7. Michigan (Ross)
Program Cost: $100,389

Average Starting Salary: $111,047

Average Debt Burden: $77,607

Photograph by ZUMA Press
6. Georgetown (McDonough)
6. Georgetown (McDonough)
Program Cost: $99,650

Average Starting Salary: $99,799

Average Debt Burden: $77,688

Photograph courtesy of Georgetown University
5. Virgina (Darden)
5. Virgina (Darden)
Program Cost: $95,900

Average Starting Salary: $109,335

Average Debt Burden: $80,528

Photograph courtesy of University of Virginia
4. Chicago (Booth)
4. Chicago (Booth)
Program Cost: $111,587

Average Starting Salary: $115,079

Average Debt Burden: $82,080

Photograph by B.O'Kane/Alamy
3. Yale
3. Yale
Program Cost: $115,321

Average Starting Salary: $104,147

Average Debt Burden: $82,293

Photograph courtesy of Yale School of Management
2. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
2. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Program Cost: $121,610

Average Starting Salary: $120,702

Average Debt Burden: $83,226

Photograph by Kendall Whitehouse/The Wharton School
1. Duke (Fuqua)
1. Duke (Fuqua)
Program Cost: $109,844

Average Starting Salary: $111,812

Average Debt Burden: $87,398

Photograph courtesy of Duke University