2021 Employment Data Illustrates High Demand for Tuck’s Most Recent MBA Graduates

98 percent of the Tuck class of 2021 received a job offer within three months of graduation, while total compensation sustained a school record.

Tuck graduates continue to be in high demand across the business world, as evidenced by employment data released today for the class of 2021.

Of the most recent Tuck class, 98 percent received a job offer within three months of graduation—approaching the school record of 99 percent—and 97 percent accepted an offer within the same timeframe, the highest percentage of acceptances in school history.

“The top firms in the world continuously seek the sort of leaders we develop at Tuck, a fact that is reinforced by the quality of offers extended to the class of 2021,” says Stephen Pidgeon T’07, executive director of career services. “Our MBA graduates continue to receive compelling, highly-compensated offers from the most sought-after companies in the world, setting them off on the right foot as they begin their post-MBA journeys.”

As Pidgeon notes, first-year compensation for the class of 2021 was strong. Median total compensation for Tuck’s most recent graduates is $180,000, sustaining last year’s record high. The median first-year base salary is $150,000 and the median signing bonus is $30,000. The mean first-year base salary and signing bonus is $176,464, with 86 percent of graduates receiving a signing bonus.

The top three industries for Tuck graduates were consulting, financial services and technology. Of the most recent graduates, 36 percent secured roles in consulting, 23 percent in finance, and 15 percent in technology. For the second year in a row, the triumvirate of health care, pharma, and biotech closely followed the top three industries—13 percent of Tuck graduates secured roles in these sectors, up from 8 percent a year ago.

“The diversity of career paths our graduates exhibit is exciting. It proves that, in every industry, there is need for the talent and hard-earned skills that Tuck MBAs possess,” Pidgeon says. “It is encouraging to see more graduates entering health care—an industry that has been top of mind throughout the pandemic. It’s a sector full of opportunity and one where Tuck MBAs can make a real difference.”

The following 2021 employment data are currently available online: