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An MBA focused on your career success

Real-world experience through internships and leadership opportunities, combined with academic knowledge and the right network, produce career success.

Gies Business Career Services advisers partner with you on a journey to your chosen profession. Even before you come to campus, you will learn successful job search strategies and career development skills. Throughout your two years in the Gies MBA, our team will provide individual attention and a range of student resources to help you create and launch a job search plan tailored to your career goals.

Our services include customized resume books, on-campus interviews, video conferencing, and more. We collaborate with our recruiters to connect talented students with companies where opportunities abound.

MBA Employment Statistics

The Gies College of Business Career Services office helps you to find a variety of opportunities for internships and full-time employment. Job prospects for our graduates are excellent. For the graduating class of 2018, 90.9% of our graduates landed a job within three months of graduation, and 70.5% of our 2018 graduates had jobs at graduation. Our recent classes have worked for major corporations like Amazon, AT&T, Google, and Bank of America in a number of functional areas, including Consulting, Finance/Accounting, General Management, Information Technology, and Marketing.

Placement and Salary

Base SalaryClass of 2017
(Full-Time)
Class of 2018
(Full-Time)
Mean$95,295$91,500
Median$95,000$90,000
Max$180,000$150,000
Min$55,000$52,000
Signing Bonus  
Mean$14,000$13,975
Median$10,000$10,000
Max$50,000$42,500
Min$2,000$1,500

 

Function

 Class of 2017 (Full-Time)Class of 2018 (Full-Time) 
 % of AcceptsMean Base Salary% of AcceptsMean Base Salary
Consulting15.0%$106,78615%$106,000
Finance/Accounting19.0%$96,6677.5% 
General Management9.0%$78,83325%$79,750
Human Resources9.0%$90,87520%$82,500
Information Technology   2.5% 
Marketing/Sales26.0%$93,40012.5%$100,000
Operations/Logistics19.0%$84,0567.5%$91,667
Other2.0% 10.0% $95,500

 

Industry

Class of 2017 (Full-Time)Class of 2018 (Full-Time)
 % of AcceptsMean Base Salary% of AcceptsMean Base Salary
Consulting15.0%$103,17112.5%$107,200
Consumer Products/Retail2.0% 2.5% 
Energy & Transportation   5.0% 
Financial Services9.0%$103,3337.5% 
Government/Education4.0% 7.5% $91,167
Manufacturing15.0%$90,91710.0% 
Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare11.0%$104,45010%$83,333
Technology/Science28%$87,04517.5%$103,333
Other16.0% 25.0%$79,250

 

Location

Class of 2017 (Full-Time)Class of 2018 (Full-Time)
% of AcceptsMean Base Salary% of AcceptsMean Base Salary
Mid-Atlantic6.0%$81,16712.8%$91,800
Midwest55.0%$101,26148.7%$87,846
East8.0%$94,7337.7%$104,167
South 7.7% $78,333
Southwest6.0%$89,63315.4%$95,417
West17.0%$88,3147.7%$99,500

 

Hiring Companies

Full-Time Employers
AbbvieGartnerNorthwestern Mutual
AccentureHeadwaters MBOffice of Technology Management – U of I
AdobeHealth AlliancePepsi-Co
All About PeopleHeierReconstruct, Inc.
AllstateHuman KineticsRenee Systems
AltriaIBMSandia National Labs
Bacardi North AmericaKPMGSuperior Industrial Coatings
Bank of AmericaLand O’LakesUnion Pacific
Chamberlain GroupLenovoUnited Technologies Corp
DataCubesLincareVizient
DeloitteMcKesson CorporationWendy’s
DeltaMicrosoft
Fairlawn Real EstateNational Guard Bureau

 

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