Stanford GSB | Mr. Latino Healthcare
GRE 310, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Military MedTech
GRE 310, GPA 3.48
Kellogg | Ms. Public School Teacher
GRE 325, GPA 3.93
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Future In FANG
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Aspiring Leader
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Advisory Consultant
GRE 330, GPA 2.25
Kellogg | Mr. Equity To IB
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Mr. Marketing Master
GRE 316, GPA 3.8
Darden | Ms. Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Fund
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Tech To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9

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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