Salaries, Placement Rates Rise for UVA Darden Class of 2015

05 February 2016

By Dave Hendrick

Students in the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Class of 2015 found a highly receptive job market, with offers and compensation both increasing on a year-over-year basis.

According to the new MBA Employment Report, members of the Class of 2015 earned an average base salary of $119,819 and average signing bonus of $29,634.

Reflecting the high demand for Darden MBAs, those figures represent a substantial increase from the average base salary and signing bonus of $112,257 and $29,421, respectively, for the Class of 2014.

“It’s fantastic to see all of the positive momentum involving job success, salaries and career options for our students,” said Chequeta Allen, assistant dean for career development. “At the Career Development Center, we have an exceptionally talented team and an unwavering focus on ensuring that our students are in a position to land the internships, jobs and — ultimately — careers that they want.”

Within three months of graduating, 95 percent of the Class of 2015 had accepted a job offer. In its recent 2016 Global MBA Ranking, Financial Times listed Darden’s placement success rate as No. 6 in the world.

The financial services industry proved to be the most popular industry for graduates, attracting 30 percent, followed by consulting with 29 percent and technology with 15 percent.

The Class of 2016 has followed similar paths in their internship choices, with the fields of financial services, consulting and technology proving to be top choices.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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