IMD | Mr. Gap Year To IMD
GMAT 660, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Upward Trajectory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Brazilian Banker
GMAT 600, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Fish
GRE 327, GPA 3.733
Harvard | Mr. Italian In Tokyo
GMAT (710-740), GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Community Impact
GMAT 690, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Blockchain
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Wharton | Mr. Colombian M7 Deferral
GMAT 710, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Enthusiast
GMAT 730, GPA 8.39
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3

How A Dean Would Rank Business Schools


The outputs suggested by Dean Hubbard are more commonly known and a key part of U.S. News’ methodology. They include average starting salary and bonus (with the numbers reflecting the percentage of graduates who receive bonuses). While these numbers reflect the quality of a school’s output and what the market is willing to pay for it, they also reflect industry preferences and cost-of-living in different locales. The top three in average salary and bonus last year were Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Wharton and Tuck.

The real surprises in the data come just a bit later. Consider this face: Graduates of the University of Michigan’s Ross School made slightly more out of the gate than MBAs at Columbia or Chicago Booth, despite the latter school’s greater exposure to high paying finance jobs in New York and Chicago.

Schools Ranked By Average Salary & Bonus


School2014 P&Q Rank2014 Average Salary & Bonus
  1. Harvard Business School2$144,750
  2. MIT (Sloan)7$142,936
  3. Stanford Graduate School of Business1$142,834
  4. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)3$142,574
  5. Dartmouth College (Tuck)8$142,489
  6. UC-Berkeley (Haas)10$140,935
  7. University of Michigan (Ross)11$140,497
  8. Columbia Business School5$139,006
  9. University of Chicago (Booth)4$137,615
10. Duke University (Fuqua)9$137,154
11. University of Virginia (Darden)13$136,474
12. Northwestern University (Kellogg)6$136,357
13. New York University (Stern)16$135,933
14. Cornell University (Johnson)15$132,316
15. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)17$131,865
16. Emory University (Goizueta)20$128,347
17. UCLA (Anderson)14$127,535
18. Yale School of Management12$126,871
19. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)19$126,160
20. University of Washington (Foster)23$125,367
21. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)18$124,641
22. Indiana University (Kelley)20$119,581
23. Georgetown University (McDonough)22$118,938
24. Vanderbilt University (Owen)25$113,830
25. Washington University (Olin)24$111,974

Source: P&Q analysis of business school data supplied to U.S. New & World Report

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.