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    The Top 10 MBA Jobs (by salary and satisfaction)

    The age-old question for MBA students and prospective students: what’s the return on my investment? How much will I get paid after school? There’s certainly no shortage of requests on message boards about this very topic. These inquiries are answered with average salary reports – say, by school, or by industry.  While these rankings are useful, we believe you deserve deeper data, richer insights, and most of all, full transparency.

    That’s why we’ve provided the first MBA-specific resource that provides compensation and satisfaction data for the jobs business students care about most. It’s not just generalized data by school or industry – instead, we provide industry, function, and even company-level data for the most granular view possible.

    MBA Salary & Satisfaction by Industry

    So, without further ado…our first top 10 MBA job ranking:

    1. General Management:

    With a killer combination of extremely high satisfaction (9/10), 40-hour work weeks, and significant bonus potential, careers in general management rated highest this year. Popular companies included Eli Lilly, Kraft-Heinz, and Citigroup.

    2. Operations:

    Operations ranked 8 of 10 on the satisfaction scale, with only 43 hours/week logged on average. Competitive total compensation potential over $170K put careers in operations towards the top of the list. Top companies include Nike (with a whopping 10/10 on overall satisfaction), Target, Google, and Microsoft.

    3. Business Development:

    BizDev can be a catch-all category for MBA students with “atypical” jobs, like startup companies for example, so we see a wide range in responses. Overall though, respondents were satisfied with the good work/life balance (<45 hour weeks), ability to make an impact, and extremely high bonus potential.

    4. Investment Management:

    Holy hedge funds. If you’re getting an MBA to seek the biggest possible payday, investment management may be right for you. Despite a relatively low satisfaction in the 3rd percentile, the total compensation package of up to $345,000 (no, not a typo) is enough to boost it into the top five. Jobs are scattered across many firms, with Fidelity leading the way by number of hires.

    5. Private Equity:

    Another darling of the modern MBA student, Private Equity’s high satisfaction, pay, and impact scores suffer from long hours. It’s likely most MBAs are playing the long game with roles in this field, since investment horizons tend to be (much) longer than a year.

    6. Corporate Strategy:

    Corporate strategy roles range from the biggest of the big (Wal-Mart) to maturing companies like Airbnb. MBA jobs here average 53 hours/week with middling pay, but high bonus potential and fairly strong impact ratings provide a boost.

    7. Product Management:

    Product management, a fast-growing MBA role, provided better-than-average compensation, decent working hours, and middling satisfaction ratings.

    8. Marketing/Brand Management:

    While brand management filled out the very bottom of the compensation range, it made up for these poor marks with excellent ratings for satisfaction and hours worked.

    9. Venture Capital:

    There are few MBA jobs more coveted in our unicorn-filled world than VC roles, but decent hours and high pay (over $130K in salary) fail to make up for the low satisfaction ratings.

    10. Consulting:

    The consulting business, oft-considered the darling of the MBA candidate, posts poor scores in hours/week (over 60) and overall satisfaction (17th percentile). Since the pay is more than competitive at over $140K plus bonus, we attribute the poor marks to high travel and stress.
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    (did not score in top 10: Corporate Finance, Investment Banking)


    We took raw values from 4 key metrics: Satisfaction (1-10), Hours worked (volumetric), Salary (volumetric), and Bonus/Other Compensation (volumetric). Arranged each value by percentile rank, then took an average with Satisfaction and Hours Worked each weighted 1/3rd, with the remaining third split between the two compensation categories.

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      Advanced Management Post-MBA Diploma


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      Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management

      • Keep pace with a radically changing business environment.

        Applications for 2018 intake are now open!

        The relentless, rapid change associated with the business environment means that those holding MBA degrees must constantly upgrade their management knowledge and skills. Schulich has developed the Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management (PDAM), a program unique to North America in recognition of this need.

        Open to individuals who hold an MBA degree from a recognized business school, the PDAM re-immerses graduates into the second year of the Schulich MBA program, allowing them to further their knowledge in an area of specialization or to update their skills.

        The PDAM is a diploma program consisting of Schulich MBA elective courses. It encourages students to select electives strategically, with the goal of either broadening knowledge of a specific specialization, deepening knowledge of a specific area, or developing expertise in a new area. Students also have the option to explore a management topic in greater depth, such as business and sustainability.

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      The Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management enables you to deepen your knowledge of a functional area or industry sector and gives you the tools needed to accelerate your career. Students upgrade their management skills and enrich their understanding in areas such as:

      • inventory management
      • management of workplace diversity
      • information systems
      • global operations
      • women in management

      Students also have access to the Career Development Centre (CDC). As Schulich’s in-house team of certified Career Coaches and Industry Advisors, the CDC offers a wealth of innovative programs, resources and individualized mentoring and coaching to help you launch your career. Meet alumni, recruiters and industry leaders at corporate information sessions and other CDC events, and receive online access to the very best career tools available.

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      The general admission requirements for the PDAM are listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in each program is limited. A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed.

      1. An MBA degree that is equivalent to a North American MBA from a recognized university. The program should be a two year full-time or part-time program equivalent to 60 credit hours of study. Coursework must cover all the functional areas of business.

      2. GMAT or GRE
      A GMAT or GRE score is not required for this program.

      3. Work Experience
      Two years of relevant full-time work experience post undergraduate degree.

      4. Completion of the online application
      The online application requires: Video essays and an updated resume. Copies of transcripts may be uploaded to facilitate the initial review process.

      5. Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.

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      IELTS 7.0 overall
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      Applicants with English as a second language have the opportunity to enroll in the  MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program prior to beginning their studies.

      Applicants who have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction are not required to submit an English proficiency test.


      The PDAM program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

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      The Post MBA in Advanced Management may be completed on a full or part-time basis. For tuition refer to the tuition tables for the full or part-time MBA (above).

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      Full-time students have a maximum of three consecutive terms to complete the requirements for the Post-MBA Diploma in Advanced Management. Part-time students must complete the requirements in a maximum of six consecutive terms.

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      The choice of elective courses for this Diploma is up to the student, respecting corequisite and prerequisite requirements.

      Students are not required to choose a major. Instead, they are encouraged to select those electives that best suit their backgrounds and career interests.

      For example, a student might:

      •  Add an international perspective to existing skills and knowledge in a specific functional area such as marketing or finance
      • Add nonprofit organizations and the public sector to existing skills and knowledge of strategic planning for private sector firms
      • Develop expertise in a new, highly applicable area – for example, study a management function such as organizational behaviour/industrial relations
      • Explore relevant management topic such as business and the environment

      Students may elect to cluster their electives around one or two areas of 18 areas of specialization offered at Schulich to build functional or industry specific expertise. A number of areas also feature a Graduate Diploma program, which must be completed concurrently with a degree program.


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