Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Biotech Startup To PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. PE/VC Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.85
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian MBA Aspirant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Emory Goizueta | Mr. FA Captain
GRE 316, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Stray Cat Savior
GRE 338, GPA 3.92
Harvard | Ms. VC Hopeful
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Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Future Trusted Advisor
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Columbia | Mr. Indian Software Engineer
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Harvard | Mr. Half Poet, Half Quant
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Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Innovator
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MIT Sloan | Mr. Independent Tutor
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Harvard | Mr. Techie Turning Tides
Wharton | Ms. Traveling Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Biz Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Tech Lawyer
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McCombs School of Business | Mr. Project Manager
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Foster School of Business | Mr. Mediocre Scores, Great WE
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Columbia | Mr. Government Shipyard
GMAT 660, GPA 3.85
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Global Technological Solutions
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Tepper | Mr. Midwest Or Bust
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22
Tepper | Mr. Technology & Community
GMAT 650 Practice Test, GPA 3.05
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Corporate Finance Leadership
GMAT 660, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Berkeley Boy
GRE 329, GPA 3.67

Why The MBA Remains An Awesome Investment

Andrew Ainslie, Dean of the University of Rochester's Simon School

Andrew Ainslie, Dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon School


If we take data from the Forbes business school rankings and break down these schools beginning with the top 20; those ranked 21 through 45; and those ranked 46 through 70, it’s clear that there is huge value to be obtained in all three tiers. In fact, the best value is not at the top tier, but in the second tier (see below)!

How can this be? There are three things going on simultaneously. Yes, the highest tier produces the highest salaries. But, they also take in candidates who were earning higher salaries to begin with and they charge higher prices. That’s the reason that all three tiers offer so much value. Forbes doesn’t offer data below the top 70, but I’ll bet that this pattern continues at least to the 100th and possibly well beyond.

In 2011-2012, the last year for which data is available, 191,571 people graduated from U.S. schools with advanced degrees in business, about 25% of all the master’s degrees conferred. That compares with 178,062 master’s degrees in education, or 23% of all the advanced degrees.


This remarkable growth of the MBA—largely due to its widespread acceptance by employers and the almost assured return on investment of the degree—has been fairly steady during the past half century, making the degree the most successful educational experiences of the past 50 to 100 years.

Yes, the cost of an MBA has jumped over time, but the value of the degree continues to keep up with existing costs. These familiar, “sky is falling,” warnings about the value of an MBA fails to recognize the broader leadership and economic impact top business schools have on global business, sustainable business development, and entrepreneurialism.

Even though markets will change over time, companies will continue to demand top quantitative skills, expert communication competency, and forward-thinking leadership skills–all hallmarks of today’s MBA graduate.

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