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MBA program ranks No. 1 in employment

In a ranking released Nov. 1 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Business Schools, Emory University's Goizueta MBA Program ranks No. 1 in the country in job placement.

In mid-October, Goizueta announced exceptionally strong employment statistics for the full-time MBA Class of 2012.

"The vast majority of the class — 91 percent — had job offers in hand by graduation, representing a 6 percent increase over last year," says Wendy Tsung, associate dean and executive director of the MBA Career Management Center (CMC). "Three months post-graduation, 98 percent of the class had job offers. We couldn't be more pleased with the numbers."

Tsung credits Goizueta's placement success to early career development efforts coupled with a rigorous immersion in core business courses during students' first semester, providing them with a solid foundation for summer internship interviews in the spring.

"Goizueta recognizes the critical role of the internship in gaining full-time job offers by graduation," says Tsung. "And our students are highly successful at landing summer internships. As in previous years, 100 percent of students in the Class of 2013 received [internship] offers."

"Timing has proven pivotal," says Rob Kazanjian, vice dean of programs and professor of organization and management. "We begin with in-depth career management engagement the summer before the program begins, then follow with an innovative curriculum that is front-loaded with core business courses, freeing students to pursue electives in subsequent semesters and creating day-one readiness for both internships and the first post-graduation job."

"Well before they arrive on campus, all incoming students complete an online self-assessment that links personality traits, skills, and motivators to specific career paths and cultures," explains Tsung. The CMC also pairs each student with a rising second-year MBA peer coach and provides one-on-one coaching. "Getting this kind of jump on the career development process — far sooner than our competitors — means our students are extremely well-prepared for interview season, no matter how early it begins," she says.

Percentage of 2012 graduates without job offers three months post-graduation

  • 2012: 2 percent
  • 2011: 5 percent
  • 2010: 7 percent

Top industries

  • Consulting (34 percent)
  • Financial Services (23 percent)
  • Consumer Products (13 percent)

Top employers

  • Deloitte
  • Accenture
  • Bank of America

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