By Omar Sofradzija, communications manager

For the third straight year, the Eli Broad College of Business is ranked #1 in the world for the average percentage pay increase seen by Full-Time MBA alumni from their pre-MBA salaries, according to the newly-released 2018 “Which MBA?” rankings by the Economist newspaper.

The Broad College FTMBA program also ranked first among U.S. public universities and fourth overall by the Economist when considering both percentage pay raises and actual average pay of program alumni. The program has ranked at or near the top of various rankings revolving around career outcomes like pay raises.

“During the past year, we have observed growth in placements in consulting and digital economy firms, thereby expanding the career opportunities for MBA students,” said Vallabh Sambamurthy, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs. “The reorganized career management office is cultivating relationships with a larger set of firms in diverse verticals and delivering excellent ‘Green and White Glove’ services to students and recruiters.”

Sambamurthy credited those outcomes to the offerings and continued development of the Broad MBA program.

“The Broad FTMBA is building upon its reputation and recognition for supply chain excellence by strengthening concentrations in finance, marketing, human resources and a new concentration in business analytics,” Sambamurthy said. “Its blend of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular knowledge and experiences are preparing graduates for the digital economy.”

“Going forward, the program emphasizes innovation leadership in the digital economy, ethical leadership and diversity and inclusiveness as the core elements of its DNA. We are expanding experiential learning and globalized learning opportunities in the program,” Sambamurthy said. “Another element of the FTMBA program is how students can complement their deep functional knowledge in the concentrations with consulting, analytics, and entrepreneurship immersions.”

Overall, the Broad College FTMBA program ranked 19th among U.S. public universities. It was eighth for faculty quality among domestic public universities as ranked by alumni, and 11th among American public schools for how alumni rated its career services resources. A total of 161 colleges worldwide were invited to be ranked.

For more on the rankings, go to the Economist’s Web site.