Within 90 days of graduation, 94 percent of the class had accepted full-time employment – compared to 84 percent within that window in 2009. By graduation, 69 percent had accepted jobs.
"We think the employment results will be quite competitive nationally, but we will not know for sure until next spring when the next U.S. News & World Report MBA rankings come out," says Jim Kranzusch, executive director of the Jones MBA Career Center.
The average starting salary for the Class of 2010 was $86,481 – an increase of $1,702 over 2009. Sixty percent of graduates received signing bonuses averaging $12,621, a slight increase over last year.
"The market continues to be soft," Kranzusch says. "Our students success is a testimony to their resilience and mental and emotional toughness. They just would not give up."
All first-year MBA students found internships in summer 2010 with the exception of a few dual-degree students who had research obligations.
"I hope everyone that supports the MBA program feels a sense of pride in the success of our students," Kranzusch says. "This is a team effort in every sense."