McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Foster School of Business | Mr. Automotive Research Engineer
GRE 328, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tech Startup Guy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.57
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), (=Roughly 3.7/4.0)
Tuck | Mr. Army Consultant
GMAT 460, GPA 3.2
Columbia | Mr. Investment Banker Turned Startup Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Wharton | Mr. Ignacio
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Psychology & Marketing
GMAT 700, GPA 68%
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Mechanical Engineer & Blood Bank NGO
GMAT 480, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. AC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Athlete-Engineer To Sales
GMAT 720, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. Competition Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Pipeline Engineer To Consulting
GMAT 750, GPA 3.76
Tuck | Mr. Aspiring Management Consultant
GRE 331, GPA 3.36
Stanford GSB | Mr. Certain Engineering Financial Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 2.52
Columbia | Mr. Electrical Engineering
GRE 326, GPA 7.7
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12

The Highest Paying MBA Concentrations of 2017


Want a job that leaves you fulfilled when (or if) you go home? Try Business Finance. When asked “How satisfied are you in your job,” 89% answered with either “Extremely Satisfied” or “Fairly Satisfied” (with the other options being “A Little Satisfied”, “Dissatisfied”, and “I Hate My Job”). Among the 25 concentrations shared with P&Q, 17 answered with a 70% satisfaction score or above. Surprisingly, quant disciplines yielded the highest scores, with Management Information Systems, Financial Management, and Information Technology coming in at a 76%-79% satisfaction rate. The worst score? That belonged to Economics – “the dismal science” – at 58%.

Stress also had a lower impact than might be expected. When asked “How stressful is your job or work environment,” most MBAs answered positively with answers like “My Job Is Relaxing”, “Not Stressful”, or “A Little Stressful.” For example, just 30% of MBAs from Strategy Management answered with “Extremely Stressful” or “Fairly Stressful.” For Strategy – the highest paid concentration – that number was 35% (Talk about the best of both worlds). In fact, just three concentrations – Business Finance, Real Estate, and Financial Management – reported stress levels above 50%.

While satisfaction was high and stress low among MBAs, meaning was a mixed bag. In an era where impact and purpose are the defining concepts on business school campuses, MBAs were content…but hardly enthusiastic. In their PayScale survey, MBAs were asked, “Does your work make the world a better place?” The options, of course, ranged from “Very Much So” and “Yes” to “A Little” and “My Job May Make the World a Worse Place.” MBAs from just four concentrations – Financial Management, Information Systems, Real Estate, and Marketing Management – responded positively at a rate of 60% of better. Otherwise, the responses bottlenecked between 49%-59% – hardly a vote of confidence in their future prospects.

Ironically, the lowest level of meaning came in Strategic Management, which also carried the lowest level of stress. By the same token, Financial Management produced high levels of meaning, satisfaction and stress.

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