When picking up their diplomas on Commencement Day May 11, some 83 percent of the MBA graduates of the USC Marshall School of Business either had a job or a job offer pending. The figures represent a jump of more than 30 percentage points in just three years, a school record.
New USC Marshall MBA graduates also are making more money than ever. Average base pay was nearly $91,000, a jump of more than 10 percent compared to the class of 2005, according to figures compiled by the school’s Fred V. Keenan MBA Career Resource Center.
Average signing bonuses rose even more significantly, up nearly 24 percent since 2005 to almost $20,000. Some graduates also receive additional compensation, such as relocation assistance, that is not included in these figures.
“These numbers show both the great strides the MBA program is making and the effects of creating a focused, strategic Career Resource Center approach that strongly supports our graduates,” said USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis.
Pete Giulioni, executive director of the resource center, said many other USC Marshall graduates are in various stages of interviewing and are likely to receive offers over the next few days and weeks as they return from overseas trips required as part of their degrees.
“I believe like last year, our goal of 97.5 percent of our students placed within 90 days post-graduation is very doable,” Giulioni said. “Reports of offers are coming in daily, and we anticipate easily reaching that level.”
The Career Resource Center was created 12 years ago with a mission of providing focused, strategic support for MBA graduates. Since taking over the center, Giulioni first built relationships with a broad range of major companies and their recruiters. Now, the center is focused on further strengthening relationships with about 300 major corporations most likely to hire the entrepreneurial, internationally experienced students trained in USC Marshall programs.
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