The Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 is ranked No. 1 among public graduate MBA programs for average starting salary and bonus and No. 5 among all schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Business Schools ranking.

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US News & World Report’s ranking is based on a combination of peer assessment surveys from business school deans and program directors, surveys of corporate recruiters, and school-provided admissions and career data.

This is the fourth year in a row Darden earned the No. 1 salary and bonus ranking among public MBA programs and the fifth year in a row in the Top 5 among all schools.

More highlights from US News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings:

  • Darden is No. 1 among the Top 20 schools for students who had secured jobs by graduation
  • The mean starting salary and bonus for the Darden Class of 2021 increased to $176,167
  • Darden’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked No. 3 among public schools
  • Darden is listed as the No. 5 MBA for management
  • The Darden Executive MBA program is ranked No. 13

These career outcomes reflect the motivation and drive of our students and alumni. They seek careers that provide an opportunity to innovate and lead, making a real difference in global organizations.

- Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean of The Career Center at Darden

Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 Employment Report

The graduates of the Class of 2021 joined a job market that was resilient despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Graduates received the highest compensation in the School’s history and consulting remained the top career choice – while technology and finance careers continue to be popular industries for graduates.

View the Employment Report