Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Ms. Globetrotting Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 ENG Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. 2+2 Filipino Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Deferred Admit Searcher
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Sustainability Consulting
GMAT 710 (Q49/V39), GPA 3.39
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Real Estate IB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Mr. Virtual Reality Entrepreneur
GRE 326, GPA 3.87
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Kellogg | Mr. Kellogg 1Y Family Man
GRE 323, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Water & Energy Advisor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9

Where Top MBAs Work In Consulting

consultantSo you want an MBA degree to get into management consulting. Or perhaps you’re hoping the credential will allow you to move from your second-tier firm to M/B/B (MBA code for the big three global players in strategy consulting: McKinsey, Bain & Boston Consulting Group).

Obviously, you’ll need to target business schools that routinely send graduates to the firms for which you want to work. Looking at a school’s latest employment report is certainly a start. But we’ve done something better. Poets&Quants has dug through the database of LinkedIn member profiles to find out how many MBAs from the Top 25 schools work at the leading consulting companies.

Though hardly definitive, searches of LinkedIn’s database provide a fascinating and fairly accurate glimpse at what you could call the “market penetration” of a school’s MBAs in any one firm. Sure, not everyone has a profile on LinkedIn, though people who fail to list with the world’s number one professional network are certainly in the minority at this point. It’s also possible that LinkedIn’s search algorithm could be slightly askew and count undergraduate business majors from schools such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, which both have large undergrad programs.

McKINSEY HAS 17% OF ALL THE MBAs FROM THE TOP TEN U.S. SCHOOLS

In any case, we think the results are worth a look–and we think you’ll find them quite compelling. According to LinkedIn, more than 2,400 Top Ten MBAs work at McKinsey & Co. alone. Some 573, or nearly 17%, come from Harvard Business School. Nine of the Top 25 B-schools in the U.S. currently have more than 100 MBAs employed by McKinsey.

Wharton is next with 381 MBAs, followed by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School with 353, Columbia Business School, with 257, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School, with 227. If you want to work for McKinsey, then, Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia and Booth should be at the top of your target list. They are big schools that graduate a lot of MBAs each year, and the consulting firms can’t seem to get enough of their graduates.

Can’t get into those prestige schools? Then try for the next group of elite smaller schools that boast the most McKinsey-employed MBAs: MIT Sloan (203, Stanford (180), Dartmouth Tuck (99), UC-Berkeley’s Haas School (88), or Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (82).

MCKINSEY EMPLOYS MORE THAN 3,000 MBAS FROM THE TOP 25 BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.

McKinsey employs more MBAs than any other consulting firm in the world. When you count up the MBAs from the Top 25 schools, the number comes to 3,015. The next closest consulting competitor is Deloitte Consulting with 3,086 MBAs aboard, according to LinkedIn data. The Boston Consulting Group has more than 1,870, while Bain & Co. has 1,433 graduates from the Top 25 business schools in the U.S.

One undeniable takeaway is that in general the higher the rank of a school, the more likely that its graduates will work for a truly elite consulting outfit. As you look at schools that rank further down the list of the Top 25, you’ll notice that fewer and fewer of their grads work at McKinsey, Bain, or BCG. There are only three Washington University MBAs at McKinsey, according to LinkedIn.

Of course, you could also adjust these numbers for school size or living alumni, but that seems beside the point. If you’re keen to work in an organization and see a critical mass of MBAs in it from certain schools, it’s a pretty good bet that an MBA from one of those schools is your ticket to ride into a brand name consultancy.

SURPRISES IN THE DATA

Our analysis yields several surprises. Deloitte has the highest number of employees from UT-Austin (410), even more than Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (363) and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (326), though we suspect that LinkedIn’s search engine is counting some business undergrads in those totals. The consulting firm with the smallest number of graduates from the Top 25 schools is A.T. Kearney, with roughly 300, according to LinkedIn.

By the way, if you want a deep dive into the numbers for any one school, just click on the school name in the following table to see the largest employers overall as well as breakdowns on where each school’s MBAs live and what industries they are in.

(See following page for our table on where top 25 MBAs work in consulting)