A Lockheed Martin engineer, 1st Space Brigade executive officer, and a senior analyst at The Coca-Cola Company all walk into Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and what do they have in common?
They’re all students in Goizueta’s Two-Year MBA program.
This year’s incoming class is reflective of Goizueta’s core values of diversity and rigor. Goizueta saw an 11% increase in applications, and we were so impressed with the quality of candidates this year, both academically and professionally.
The Class of 2024 features a healthy mix of activists and advocates, consultants and brand managers with an average work tenure of more than five years, an average GPA of 3.38 (up from 3.36), and an average GMAT score of 700 (up from 692).
It boasts an equal split of domestic and international students, representing six continents and 25 countries including Spain, Pakistan, Nigeria, Belgium, Congo, Australia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The cohort even includes a Fulbright Scholar. The percentage of U.S. minorities entering the class also increased to 51% (up from 43% entering in 2021) with underrepresented U.S. minorities comprising 26% of the cohort. U.S. military veterans make up 7% of the incoming class and 8% of the class self-identify as LGBTQ+.
Other equally impressive students in this cohort include:
- Honorable and decorated military veterans, such as an Army airborne officer responsible for the logistics of the world’s only forward-deployed battalion to support the defense of South Korea and an executive officer for the 1st Space Brigade.
- A television entertainment professional with multiple show credits, like “Star Trek: Discovery,” “American Gods,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
- An FC Royals soccer team board member who raised $13,000 when the team faced bankruptcy.
- A public health volunteer who led the efforts to vaccinate 1,600 immigrants and coordinated with the U.S. Department of State on the evacuation of 11 families from Afghanistan.
- A pediatric tumor survivor who was inspired by childhood doctors to pursue a career in healthcare and now helps manage clinical oncology trials for Roche.
- A senior associate who managed an annual $32 million media plan for Blue Moon.
- A host of athletes, including a certified track and field coach, division 1 swimmer with multiple school records, collegiate varsity cheerleader, Rugby player, basketball player, and a former varsity football player turned Ironman competitor.
So, what’s in store for these ambitious leaders when they graduate?
If past year’s graduates are any indication, the future is bright. Reporting the highest employment rates across top programs, Goizueta 2021 Full-Time MBA graduates entered the job market in full force, and Goizueta’s 2022 Full-Time MBA graduates are following suite.
Within three months of graduating, 98% of Goizueta’s 2022 Full-Time MBA graduates accepted offers for a full-time job and garnered the highest salaries in the school’s history. Graduates report a $193,000 median salary plus signing bonus.
Melissa Rapp is the Associate Dean of Graduate Admissions at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. In this role, she leads the team responsible for the recruitment, evaluation, and matriculation of students across Goizueta’s portfolio of MBA and specialized masters programs. Melissa has worked at both small and large institutions helping to form and implement admissions strategies. Prior to joining Goizueta, she was Director of Admissions for Full-Time MBA and MSMS programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.