Georgia MBA has a top 10 ROI for business schools whose grads earn over $100K

MBA Program’s salary-to-debt ratio of 3-to-1 ranks seventh in the nation

Matt Weeks | May. 06, 2019

Georgia MBA has the seventh-highest rate of return among U.S. business schools whose graduates earn more than $100,000 on average within three months of graduation, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second straight year that the Terry College’s Full-Time MBA Program has been ranked among the nation’s top 10.

“Our market-ready curriculum and innovative courses give our MBA students high-demand skills to compete in today’s economy,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “I could not be prouder that the hard work of our students and the efforts of our faculty and staff are generating big returns for our new graduates.”

U.S. News calculates rate of return by dividing graduates’ combined average salary and signing bonuses by their average student debt. In 2018, Georgia MBA graduates earned an average combined salary and signing bonus of $109,785 and took on average student debt of $36,603, putting their salary-to-debt ratio at 3-to-1. 

“Over the past two years, our students have completed more than 50 real-world consulting projects with corporate clients, giving them rare experiences and connections to dynamic organizations and leaders,” said Santanu Chatterjee, director of UGA’s Full-Time MBA and MS in Business Analytics programs. “This ranking demonstrates the value of those connections at graduation.”

The Terry College was tied for seventh with the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, and it was the only business school in Georgia to make the top 10. 

Earlier this year, U.S. News released its guide to the best graduate business programs. The Georgia MBA program rose three spots to No. 37 overall and 16th among public business schools.

Both rankings are available at