A recent New York Times article helps applicants choose their target MBA program based on their preferred post-graduation employer. Here are some of the article’s recommendations:
In order to work at Amazon, go to Michigan-Ross. The demand at Amazon for MBA graduates is on the rise. In 2014, the company hired 27 MBA graduates, 40% more than the previous year, and a large percentage were Michigan alum. In the two years prior, Amazon recruited 37 Michigan graduates, becoming the school’s primary recruiter.
Those with their eyes on McKinsey should go to Kellogg. Getting accepted to McKinsey is almost like getting accepted to a top MBA program. The company seems to prefer Kellogg graduates since 35% of MBA graduates recruited last year were from Kellogg, as opposed to 23% from Harvard and 16% from Stanford. The four main companies that recruited Kellogg graduates last year were McKinsey, Deloitte, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group. Over the last five years McKinsey has hired 215 Kellogg graduates!
Candidates who aspire to work at Apple should go to Duke. Over the last five years Apple has recruited 32 Duke graduates and provided internships for 42 Duke students, and of course CEO Tim Cook is himself a Duke alumnus.
For those who dream to work at Procter & Gamble, Indiana-Kelley is the way to go. The company boasts 172 employees from the school and has historic ties with the university, not to mention the company headquarters’ relative proximity to the campus.
If you want to open your own company, go to Harvard. The program’s huge investment of resources into entrepreneurship education bears fruits. The school offers 33 courses in the area of entrepreneurship and even offers help by way of loans for alumni interested in founding a company post-graduation.
Those interested in working in Private Equity should aim for Stanford. The world of PE offers lucrative positions for MBA graduates and though PE is usually associated with east coast schools, recent years actually show Stanford alumni getting PE jobs. In 2014 12% of Stanford graduates were accepted to jobs in PE, more than Wharton, Chicago, and Columbia, and a little less than Harvard (13).