Foster outpaces elite schools for MBA technology hires

Foster School of Business MBA student interning at Microsoft

The Foster School of Business is the only elite business school to send more than half (52%) of its MBAs into the tech sector according to Poets and Quants analysis of technology firms’ top business schools for recruiting MBA talent. The article Tech Firms Get Their MBA Talent at These Schools also noted the growth in recruitment demand at Foster—the school experienced a 9-point jump in tech hires from 2015 to 2016. Top hiring firms included Amazon, Microsoft and Google as well as Expedia, F5 Networks, Apptio, InfoSys, Samsung, Tune, Intel, T-Mobile, VMware, and Tableau.

Foster consulting graduates in high demand

Graduating MBAs at Foster were also sought by consulting firms according to the Poets and Quants article Consulting Industry’s Top Feeder B-Schools. Nearly a quarter, 23% of the Foster MBA class, accepted positions at firms such as Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, Hitachi Consulting, Point B, and ECG Management Consultants, a percentage higher than Stanford, Berkeley and UCLA.

Competitive MBA earnings among top business schools

Seattle’s dynamic and innovative business community attracts MBAs from around the country with competitive compensation and growth opportunities. Foster MBAs engage in focused career strategies and professional development programs throughout their education to prepare them for post graduate employment. According to U.S. News & World Report’s MBA rankings, Foster’s median $133K average salary and bonus stacks up against graduates from Northwestern (Kellogg), University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), USC (Marshall), Indiana (Kelley), Georgetown (McDonough), and Notre Dame (Mendoza).

Foster graduates in marketing also flourished in their post-MBA careers, noted Poets & Quants in its analysis of career results by discipline. “Looking for a small school gem? Think Seattle, as in the Foster School…” wrote Jeff Schmitt. At Foster, marketers earn $110,186 in base salary on average after graduation. “That’s nearly $10,000 more than the previous year…and a higher income than marketing stalwarts like Duke and Michigan enjoy.”

Foster #1 for job placement among top 30 business schools

The Foster School is #1 of the top 30 schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Business Schools for job placement, with 98% of MBAs employed within three months of graduation. Graduates earned an average compensation of $133,299 across all industries and carried very low debt. The majority of 2016 graduates accepted positions in technology, consulting, healthcare, and financial services sectors, with 75% receiving a signing bonus averaging more than $28,000. Recruiters ranked Foster #12 among all U.S. business schools in Businessweek.


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