NYTimes Touts Michigan Ross as a School for Jobs MBAs Want


“If you want to work at Amazon, go to the Ross School of Business.”

That’s what the New York Times says, at least. In an article out this week, “MBA Programs that Get You Where You Want to Go,” NYTimes writer and author Duff McDonald overviews the hiring stats of some of the top global MBA programs, and highlights the strength Michigan Ross has in sending graduates to work for the marketplace giant.

As the piece correctly points out, Amazon has hired 64 Ross MBA grads in the last three years, in part because of the strong success of the action-based and analytical orientation of the Ross curriculum. Peter Faricy, MBA ‘95 and Vice President of Amazon Marketplace, said the company’s focus on Ross is no mistake.

“We really find that Ross graduates are some of the best holistic business leaders,” he said in the Spring 2014 issue of Dividend Magazine. Read the complete profile.

But it’s not just Amazon who seeks to hire Ross grads - the strength of a Ross MBA in the job market spans industries, locations, and companies.

Consulting Firm Ross '14 MBA Grads
A.T. Kearney 8
Accenture 14
Deloitte 24
McKinsey 16

Take consulting, where the NYTimes points out that Kellogg MBA grads are “in demand at elite consulting firms.” Thirty-five percent of their most recent graduating class are headed to firms like McKinsey and Deloitte. At Ross, 34 percent of the graduating class accepted competitive job offers at these elite firms as well.

Or technology, which claimed a spot as the second most popular industry for Ross grads in 2014, with 15 percent of the class taking jobs with the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Google.

A recent article from Poets & Quants highlighted this cross-industry strength of the Ross MBA, saying “For the 502 graduates in Ross’ Class of 2014, it was a very good year, indeed. Unlike many schools, Ross has a broad appeal across many industry sectors.”

You can check out their report on our 2014 employment statistics here.

Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon also pointed out the attention Ross grads bring in from some of the most desirable hiring companies. Check out her video “Five Things You Need to Know About Career Opportunities for Ross MBAs.

McDonald’s ultimate point in the NY Times article is to say “The smartest move might be to choose your business school by focusing on a very specific outcome and … going to the one with an impressive record of helping students achieve the same. Period.”

We agree with that approach, and think the Michigan Ross record is pretty impressive. And our MBA employment numbers show it.


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