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Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2021 Posts Strong Employment Outcomes

Oct 20, 2021
Class of 2021 MBA graduates had an average signing bonus of $27,651, an increase of 2.4% over the prior year

By Arial Starks

Class of 2021 graduates from the full-time MBA program at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management reported average base salary earnings of $125,130 and an average signing bonus of $27,651, an increase of 2.4% over the previous class’ average signing bonus. 

Consulting and healthcare tied for the most common industry of choice for graduates, with 22% of the class reporting roles in each. Financial Services came in third at 19%, followed by 16% in Technology, 6% in Consumer Products, and 4% in Manufacturing.

Employment outcomes for Vanderbilt MBA graduates remained strong as pandemic-related market challenges persisted. Within 3 months of graduation, 97% of the class of 2021 reported receiving a job offer, with 96% reporting they had accepted an offer. A total of 77% of these offers came from school-related activities. 

“Despite the challenges, Vanderbilt MBA students navigated the landscape with determination and grit and landed in amazing roles that will allow them to make a positive impact across a variety of industries,” said Emily Anderson, Senior Director of the Career Management Center.

For the 10th year in a row, 100% of students were able to secure summer internships. The students reported earning an average of $8,106 per month at their internships, a 4.5% increase from the prior year. All told, 180 companies hired members from the classes of 2021 and 2022, up from 144 companies in the prior year.

“In this time of change and adaptation, our employer partners continue to value Vanderbilt MBA graduates for their leadership and collaboration. We continue to be grateful to our employer partners, as well as to our alumni that remain engaged with the MBA program and are willing to participate in career programming to share insight and guidance,” Anderson said. 

You can view the full employment report here.

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