Penn (Wharton). Columbia and Wharton’s placement stats for the Class of 2015 are very similar. Each school sends a large portion of the class into a wide spectrum of finance jobs but is also strong in other areas like consulting and technology, with niche specialties like real estate. Not surprisingly, Wharton sends a large number of students into finance (37%).
Chicago (Booth). Booth sends one of the highest percentages of graduates into finance (35% of the Class of 2015) of any top-tier school and just slightly more (17%) into investment banking. Booth sends slightly less grads into consulting, but numbers going into manufacturing, consumer goods, and even media/entertainment are right in line with Columbia.
NYU (Stern). Columbia’s downtown rival also sends a large number of students into finance (34%). Interestingly, NYU Stern sends a much higher percentage of students into investment banking (24%!) than does Columbia (16%) and Wharton (14%), and a lower percentage of students into consulting than Columbia. Stern is also well-known for its placement in luxury retail and media, and has a similarly strong reputation in both industries, although the overall NYU’s range of industry placements is somewhat narrower than either Columbia or Wharton.
London Business School (LBS). A top finance program globally, LBS has perhaps the
greatest ties to emerging markets of any leading business school. For candidates seeking finance jobs in Europe, LBS should be at the top of your list.
Dartmouth (Tuck). If you’re looking for a slightly different MBA experience outside of the larger cities but with similar career opportunities, you might want to consider Tuck. Interestingly, Tuck sends a large percentage of grads (24%) into finance and an impressive number of individuals into consulting (34%).