Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Blockchain
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
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
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0

Where Consumer Goods Firms Get Their MBAs

Notre Dame University’s Mendoza College of Business is the top private school producer of consumer goods MBAs among 30 elite U.S. schools examined by Poets&Quants. Mendoza sent 14.6% of its Class of 2016 into the industry. Courtesy photo


Of course, base salary is not the only compensation MBAs can expect, whatever their line of work. Consumer packaged goods MBAs are no different, and their signing bonus amounts compare well to other industries — even if the amount has remained static for the last couple of years.

CPG MBAs from most of the top schools can expect sign-on bonuses of between $20,000 and $25,000, while some may get as little as $10,000 (looking at you, Stanford) or as much as $30,000. Two schools boast median sign-on amounts of that much: Columbia and Indiana Kelley. Among the seven schools that report median sign-on bonuses of $25,000 are a pair of Midwestern schools, Northwestern Kellogg and Michigan Ross, as well as Emory Goizueta and MIT Sloan (actually $25,750).

For the schools reporting averages, the high-water mark was the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, at $27,727, while the low was Yale SOM’s “other compensation” total of $15,000.

And how about those non-U.S. schools? IESE reports a median sign-on bonus of US$25,077, while INSEAD reports only US$15,400. LBS reports a whopping average of US$38,700, but that’s for total other compensation, not merely signing bonus.