UC Davis MBAs Earn Record Starting Salaries

94 Percent Accepted Career Positions Within Three Months of Graduation

The most recent UC Davis Full-Time MBA graduates enjoyed record high average starting compensation, a success factor helping to earn the MBA program national recognition among the top 50 in the U.S. for the 21st consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report rankings released in March.

Three months after graduation, 94 percent of the UC Davis MBA class of 2015 were employed with a historic average starting salary and bonus of more than $112,000.

Record Placement of Graduate Accounting Students

All 33 of the Master of Professional Accountancy class of 2015 who were eligible for career positions in the U.S. received job offers within three months of graduation, a 100-percent career placement success rate.

The average salary of the MPAc class of 2015 peaked at $55,000, the highest in the four-year history of the program.

The demand for UC Davis MPAc graduates reflected their talent—they clocked the top CPA exam pass rate in the state among graduate accounting schools—and the growing need for top performers in the professional business services sector where the Graduate School of Management has built close relationships.

About two-thirds of the 14 international graduates also received job offers within 90 days of commencement.

Companies that hired UC Davis MPAc graduates this past year included the Big Four:  Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers; and many top global, national and regional firms such as BDO USA, Burr Pilger Mayer and CohnReznick.

Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs James Stevens said the successful placement rate and record compensation show the demand from companies for UC Davis MBA graduates remains very strong and the School’s efforts to better prepare students are paying dividends.

“Over the past several years, our career development team’s approach has undergone a transformation that is more responsive to both student and employer needs,” Stevens said. “The record-setting success of our recent graduates reflects the hard work and efforts of both our students and career team.”

Among the expanded career assistance tools and resources for students are workshops on personal branding and messaging, leveraging social media and talent self-assessments. For international students, the career development team offers bi-weekly communications workshops, writing seminars and cultural understanding seminars of U.S. behaviors, expectations and business culture.

The School’s Leadership Fellows Program developed in partnership with Korn Ferry, and modeled after successful talent-development strategies used by Fortune 500 firms, has strengthened MBA students’ leadership skills, helped differentiate themselves in their job search and prepare them for their careers. The program includes a 360-degree leadership competencies assessment, individual coaching sessions, targeted workshops and a personal leadership development plan.

“We have built a program that helps students identify leadership competency gaps and activities to close those gaps,” said Angela Stopper, the School’s director of program innovations.

Priti Sadler, a senior recruiter for Wells Fargo’s MBA Commercial Banking Program, brought on board three UC Davis MBAs from the class of 2015.

“We hire MBAs with top business and leadership skills, passionate idea generation, and the ability to thrive in varied cultural settings,” Sadler said. “The UC Davis Graduate School of Management gives us just that.”

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