25 MBA Programs That Will Get You A $90K+ Starting Salary

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Getting an MBA might be a ridiculous waste of money, but if you attend one of the top programs, you can make it back pretty quickly.QS TopMBA.com compiled a list of the top business schools based on prestige and graduates’ average starting salaries.

They surveyed 5,007 employers to formulate the 2010 Top 200 Business Schools list.

The top 200 schools were broken down by region and include information on average starting salaries, GMAT scores, class size, and average years of work prior to application.

Check out which schools help students rake in the most dough. They’re not always the most prestigious universities either.

25. Wake Forest University - Babcock

Average Starting Salary: $88,230

Overall Regional Rank: 51

Average GMAT Score: 658

24. Michigan State University - Broad

Average Starting Salary: $88,672

Overall Regional Rank: 64

Average GMAT Score: 640

23. Rice University - Jones

Average Starting Salary: $89,068

Overall Regional Rank: 79

Average GMAT Score: 668

22. The Ohio State University

Average Starting Salary: $89,156

Overall Regional Rank: 50

Average GMAT Score: 677

21. Georgetown University - McDonough

Average Starting Salary: $89,408

Overall Regional Rank: 27

Average GMAT Score: 684

20. Washington University in St. Louis - Olin

Average Starting Salary: $90,000

Overall Regional Rank: 48

Average GMAT Score: 600

19. Indiana University - Kelley

Average Starting Salary: $90,993

Overall Regional Rank: 24

Average GMAT Score: 664

18. Emory University - Goizueta

Average Starting Salary:$91,074

Overall Regional Rank: 25

Average GMAT Score: 676

17. University of Minnesota - Carlson

Average Starting Salary: $92,601

Overall Regional Rank: 40

Average GMAT Score: 683

16. University of North Carolina - Kenan-Flagler

Average Starting Salary: $93,012

Overall Regional Rank: 20

Average GMAT Score: 686

15. Northwestern University - Kellogg

Average Starting Salary: $94,349

Overall Regional Rank: 3

Average GMAT Score: 700

14. UCLA - Anderson

Average Starting Salary: $95,922

Overall Regional Rank: 11

Average GMAT Score: 712

13. University of Southern California - Marshall

Average Starting Salary: $98,000

Overall Regional Rank: 23

Average GMAT Score: 700

12. Cornell University - Johnson

Average Starting Salary: $98,230

Overall Regional Rank: 30

Average GMAT Score: 700

11. Yale - School of Management

Average Starting Salary: $98,420

Overall Regional Rank: 13

Average GMAT Score: 715

10. University of Chicago - Booth

Average Starting Salary: $100,000

Overall Regional Rank: 6

Average GMAT Score: 710

9. Duke University - Fuqua

Average Starting Salary: $101,764

Overall Regional Rank: 10

Average GMAT Score: 700

8. UC Berkeley - Haas

Average Starting Salary: $101,859

Overall Regional Rank: 8

Average GMAT Score: 718

7. University of Virginia - Darden

Average Starting Salary: $102,903

Overall Regional Rank: 21

Average GMAT Score: 701


6. Dartmouth College - Tuck

Average Starting Salary: $105,198

Overall Regional Rank: 14

Average GMAT Score: 713

5. Columbia Business School

Average Starting Salary: $106,246

Overall Regional Rank: 5

Average GMAT Score: 713

4. MIT - Sloan

Average Starting Salary: $107,990

Overall Regional Rank: 7

Average GMAT Score: 710

3. University of Pennsylvania - Wharton

Average Starting Salary: $110,000

Overall Regional Rank: 2

Average GMAT Score: 720

2. Harvard Business School

Average Starting Salary: $114,400

Overall Regional Rank: 1

Average GMAT Score: 725

1. Stanford University

Average Starting Salary: $117,681

Overall Regional Rank: 4

Average GMAT Score: 726

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