Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
MIT Sloan | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT 690, GPA 7.08
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian IT Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Naval Architect
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Navy Submariner
GRE 322, GPA 3.24
Wharton | Ms. Financial Controller Violinist
GMAT 750, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Music Teacher
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
MIT Sloan | Mr. The Commerce Guy
GRE 331, GPA 85%
Columbia | Ms. Ultimate Frisbee Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5

Where Top MBAs Work In Finance

consultantThe biggest bucks in the MBA world typically go to graduates who venture into Wall Street. That’s where the big bonus money tends to be, the kind of cash that can dramatically inflate one’s income, particularly if you are anywhere near high stakes deal making.

If you want to work in finance, it makes sense to target the business schools that 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 financial service institutions.

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.

NYU’S STERN SCHOOL DOES VERY WELL–DUE TO ITS SIZABLE PART-TIME PROGRAM

In any case, we think the results are worth a look–and we think you’ll find them quite compelling. According to LinkedIn, the big standout appears to be New York University’s Stern School of Business, probably thanks to its sizable part-time MBA program. At Citi, for example, there are nearly 800 Stern grads alone.  At Goldman Sachs, according to LinkedIn, the total is 482, 100 more than Wharton.

The data essentially shows what you would expect: Schools where finance is king do extremely well with these leading companies, especially Wharton, Columbia, Chicago Booth, and Stern. But you’ll also notice that a wide range of schools are sending MBAs into this industry at every major firm. The number one financial employer of Harvard MBAs is Goldman. The same is true of Stanford and Wharton grads.

For Chicago Booth and Columbia Business School MBAs, on the other hand, the number one financial employer is Citi, which respectively employs 172 and 342 grads, according to LinkedIn. For Northwestern Kellogg MBAs, the top financial employer appears to be J.P. Morgan, with 129 Kellogg degree holders.

I-BANK BOUTIQUES, HEDGE FUNDS, VC AND PE SHOPS HAVE BECOME MORE POPULAR

Of course, ever since the economic implosion in 2008, the financial sector has been struggling to recover. Many firms have laid off thousands of employees and made hiring cutbacks. Some schools have made up for the decline by sending more MBAs into boutique investment banks, private equity, venture capital and hedge fund shops. Those companies tend not to show up high on this list because they are significantly smaller and recruit fewer MBAs. Yet the highest paid grads in recent years have almost always landed jobs in PE firms and hedge funds.

Consider a boutique such as Evercore. Based on LinkedIn data, the investment banking firm has just 15 Harvard Business School MBAs, 48 Wharton grads, and 29 from Columbia Business School. But it rarely shows up on lists of the major financial employers of MBAs because it recruits in far lower numbers than the bulge bracket banks.

(See following page for our table on the Top 25 schools)

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