Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Michelin Man
GMAT 780, GPA 8.46/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Airline Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Latino Banker
GRE 332, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Lean Manufacturing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Native Norwegian
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Tuck | Mr. First Gen Student
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Go-Getter
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Global Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Social Impact To Tech
GMAT -, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD Explorer
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Automotive Project Manager
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Honor Roll Student
GRE 320, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0

U.S. Schools With The Most International MBAs

A multi ethnic group of graduates in graduation gowns

A multi ethnic group of graduates in graduation gowns

Which leading MBA programs at U.S. business schools have the most international students? And how are international graduates from the U.S. school paid compared to their domestic classmates?

The answer to these two questions can be surprising. First off, because many of the top 100 schools enrolling high percentage of students born outside the U.S. run very small full-time MBA programs. Secondly, many international students are very highly paid compared to their domestic counterparts because they bring highly valuable cultural and country-specific business experience to the game for multinational corporations.

Consider the #1 school, by percentage: the University of Kentucky, which has a program comprised of just 12 students.

Obviously, it’s the larger schools at the more highly selective MBA programs that have significantly larger international populations. Harvard Business School has some 651 internationals in its MBA program, while the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has 566, tops among all the business schools in the U.S. Chicago Booth (428), Columbia Business School (420), and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (413) come up next, all with more than 400 internationals in their full-time MBA programs.

The next group: Duke University’s Fuqua School (346), Michigan’s Ross School (336), and MIT Sloan (329).

The vast majority of international students in domestic MBA programs hail from India and China, followed by Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Canada. Some smaller countries make the top three at certain universities, with Israel comprising approximately five to ten percent of MIT (Sloan), Temple University (Fox), and CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (Zicklin). Chapman University has a unique international population, with Saudi Arabia representing some 44% of its entire international population.

And when it comes to pay, international students make more than their domestic counterparts in certain programs, while simultaneously making less at others. International students receive the highest base salary, $149,000, at UCLA (Anderson). The domestic base salary at Anderson is a much lower $111,416.

Unlike at UCLA (Anderson), international students at several other MBA programs around the country receive lower base salaries than domestic students. At the University of Connecticut, international students receive a base salary that is approximately $17,000 less than their domestic counterparts. The gap closes somewhat at MBA programs at such schools as Wake Forest University, George Washington University, and Babson College (Olin)

At most of the top 10 schools, namely Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton, international students also have an average base salary that is slightly lower than the domestic average.

Foreign Students In The Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs

 

SchoolInt’l %Int’l #Origin NationsMean U.S. SalaryMean Int’l Salary
Kentucky (Gatton)72.0%9China 50%$75,206N/A
Syracuse (Whitman)69.9%51India 80%

China 12%

Canada 2%

$73,300$57,144
Thunderbird67.1%190India 23%$78,177$78,064
Babson (Olin)65.1%246India 34.9%

Thailand 9.3%

Mexico 8%

$89,151$77,344
UC San Diego (Rady)54.9%56N/A$79,656$59,910
Connecticut54.7%41India 30%

China 2%

Serbia 1%

$109,875$93,250
Rochester Institute of Tech. (Saunders)51.9%69N/A$45,979$66,650
Rochester (Simon)50.7%107India 46%$86,698$94,235
Purdue (Krannert)49.4%88India 20%$91,689$99,085
Case Western (Weatherhead)47.2%51India 50%$82,349$66,400
UC Irvine (Merage)47.1%88India 31%

China 21% S. Korea 14%

$82,721$85,969
George Washington46.5%86China 25%

India 22%

Canada 5%

$89,260$67,800
Iowa State45.7%32India 63%

China 9%

Nepal 6%

$63,161$52,750
William and Mary (Mason)42.3%80India 12%

China 6%

Japan 5%

$81,670$68,523
Illinois – Urbana-Champaign42%70India 42%

China 15%

Taiwan 6%

$88,074$91,796
Arizona (Eller)42%34India 65%

Canada 5%

Mexico 5%

$79,681$81,059
MIT (Sloan)40.6%329India 10.3%

Israel 8.5%

Brazil 7%

N/AN/A
Texas – Dallas40.6%52N/A$78,278$82,578
Northwestern (Kellogg)39.5%413N/AN/AN/A
Duke (Fuqua)39.5%346India 16%

China 16%

S. Korea 7%

$113,897$114,514
Michigan State (Broad)39.3%59India 65.8%

China 21%

Mexico 6%

$94,856$86,105
Emory (Goizueta)38.5%148India 26%

Korea 22%

China 10%

$107,419$106,625
Washington (Olin)38.4%108India 13%

China 9%

S. Korea 4%

$98,687$97,225
Yale38.1%225China 22%

India 18%

Canada 9%

$109,381$111,511
UC Berkeley (Haas)38.0%191India 11%

China 2%

S. Korea 1%

$122,211$121,121

Source: Business schools reporting to U.S. News

Part of a series on the U.S. job market for international MBAs

Part of a series on the U.S. job market for international MBAs

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