The Schools That Feed MBA Grads to Tech


As part of its new 2015 business school rankings, Bloomberg analyzed which MBA-granting institutions produced the most tech-oriented business graduates. Its conclusion? While a lot of people might think Stanford offers the best route for MBA holders who want to work in tech, especially in the Bay Area, a handful of schools across the country have graduated a higher percentage of techie execs.

Of the MBA schools with the highest percentage of graduates who went into tech, Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business topped the list, with 43 percent, followed by Texas at Dallas (Jindal), Texas Christian (Neeley), Texas A&M (Mays), and UC San Diego (Rady).

Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin also ended up in the top ten. All of those programs outpaced Stanford, which sends 19 percent of its MBA students into the tech industry.

Over the past few years, data suggests, more newly graduated MBAs have entered the technology industry. That’s partially a reflection of tech companies looking to hire experienced business graduates; thanks to large profits and heady infusions of venture funding, even relatively new technology companies can compete on the perks-and-salary front with the big banks and corporations that have traditionally attracted MBA graduates.

For the graduates themselves, the tech industry appeals on a number of fronts. First, there’s the buzz factor: Who wouldn’t want to help drive the business for the next big app, or this year’s hot mobile device? Second, there’s the potential for massive earnings, especially if part of the graduate’s compensation comes in the form of equity.