Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

Where Tech Firms Are Finding Their MBA Talent


To get a clear understanding of the remarkable growth in MBA hiring by tech firms, look no further than the employment reports of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In 2007, the year before Wall Street crashed and the Great Recession ripped through the world, tech firms hired just 13.1% of the school’s graduates. Last year, tech scooped up 30.7% of the graduating class, more than double the earlier totals.

Meantime, finance has fallen to just 12.9% from 26.1% of the class in that same timeframe, while consulting has dipped to 32.1% from 37.2% in 2007. Amazon carted away 22 members of Sloan’s Class of 2015; Google took 14, and both Apple and Microsoft hauled away seven each. Of the school’s top ten major employers, there was only one lone financial player: Morgan Stanley which tied with Boeing for hiring five Sloanies.

It’s a similar, if less dramatic, story at many of the top U.S. business schools. Higher and higher percentages of classes are being picked up by the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, along with Adobe Systems, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn and a host of early stage companies that have been attracting elite MBA talent by tossing in stock grants and stock options in job offers. Last year, 9% of Harvard Business School’s Class of 2015 joined startups, companies that have existed for only three or fewer years, many of them in tech. UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business revealed that last year that 36% of its Class of 2015 received either stock or stock options with their job offers, up from 31% a year earlier.


This past year, Amazon went on an MBA hiring binge. At the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Amazon hired 59 MBAs from the Class of 2015, accounting for 13% of the entire graduating class. At just five schools–Ross, MIT, Duke, Northwestern, and Columbia–Amazon hired 121 MBA graduates. One of Microsoft’s favorite schools last year was Duke’s Fuqua School of Business which sent 19 MBAs to the software giant.

Northwestern’s Kellogg School emerged one of Apple’s favorite MBA hunting grounds. Eight Kellogg grads went to work for Apple last year, more than the seven from MIT, the half dozen from Columbia, or the four MBAs from Fuqua, the alma mater of Apple CEO Tim Cook. And one of Google’s top business schools last year was clearly MIT, where it hired 14 graduates, more than double its take from Kellogg, and more than triple it’s take from Duke and Columbia where it found four MBAs from each school.

So which top U.S. business school funnels the highest percentage of its graduating class to tech? At first blush, the answer to that question is one you probably wouldn’t guess, though it makes perfectly good sense. It’s the University of Washington’s Foster School whose corporate neighbors include two of the most aggressive consumers of MBA talent: Amazon and Microsoft. Some 43% of the school’s MBAs went into tech last year, taking jobs with a wide variety of firms that include EMC, NetApp, Samsung, Tektronix, and VMware.


Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, UCLA and MIT were all at the 30% or above mark.“Our MBAs have been doing very well in the tech sector for some time, but we’ve seen those already strong numbers double over the past few years,” says Stephen Rakas, executive director of Carnegie Mellon’s Career Opportunities Center. “Our existing footprint in the tech sector and the general shifts in the MBA landscape in recent years have positioned our students well for these opportunities, which is evidenced by more than a third of the Tepper MBA Class of 2015 going into the tech industry and to the West Coast.”

As you might expect, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business was way up there, with 28% of its Class of 2015, taking jobs in the tech field, higher than Harvard’s 20% or Wharton’s 11%. Which schools’ MBAs haven’t yet caught the tech bug? Columbia Business School is the big surprise. CBS sent a mere 6.9% of its graduates last year to tech, 4.8% to internet and e-commerce companies and 2.1% to software and telecom companies, lowest of any top U.S. business school.

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.