Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Recruiting ‘Stable’ For MBA, Specialty Master’s Jobs


Other key findings of the report:

  • Large-sized companies overtook startups to represent the largest increase in recruiting activity based on the type of organization. Startup companies represented the largest increase in each of the last two surveys but has decreased significantly by year, 50%, 47%, and 38% in 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively.
  • 54% reported an increase in alumni-initiated hiring, and 45% reported an increase in hiring activity from U.S. diversity conferences. Resume book requests saw the largest decrease in recruiting activity.
  • On-campus opportunities for part-time MBAs versus last year increased for 29% of the institutions (35% reported an increase in the 2017 survey).

“You’re seeing that startup companies hiring specialty masters has been increasing over the last couple of years — pretty much doubling from 2017,” Cook points out. “And that may be because a lot of the startups are looking for people with very specialized skills. So, ‘I need a finance person’ — OK, I can just hire an MS in finance or an MS in marketing. And, master’s students tend to be cheaper than MBAs. So if I’m trying to get a company off the ground and I have either very little cash flow or negative cash flow, maybe the best people to start into these more mid-tier roles is someone with an MS degree. And you may hire the MBA to be the CFO or the CMO — or the CEO.”

MBA CSEA found that the top three most common specialized master’s programs offered by responding institutions were data analytics (75%), accounting (75%), and finance (72.5%). Accounting and data analytics both saw a significant increase from 57% in last year’s survey (see How Hot Are Master’s Degrees in Data Analytics? Pretty Hot).

Startups remain popular for specialized master’s students, with 50% of schools indicating an increase in recruiting activity. Large-sized companies also saw an increase (46%).



Source: MBA CSEA


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