The Value & ROI of a Wharton MBA

A Wharton MBA gives you the business and leadership skills you need to realize your goals throughout your career. We consistently rank as one of the top MBAs for Full Time Job Offers and 20-year earnings. The value of an MBA in today’s market can be hard to calculate, but the greatest value of a Wharton MBA is the network you inherit. As a Wharton MBA, you immediately add 99,000 Alumni to your personal network, a network that is constantly networking, mentoring, and learning.
Discover the value of a Wharton MBA today with a network that is constantly networking, mentoring, and learning. If you have questions about the MBA program, you can get in touch with the MBA Admissions team.

When is an MBA Worth It?

A full-time MBA program is a smart investment for an early-career professional who wants to tackle big challenges but needs to hone their vision, enhance or build a new skill set, and broaden their network. No matter the state of the market, business schools offer students a multitude of career options. To get a better understanding of what makes each school unique, we recommend researching the alumni network, curriculum, class size, faculty, and research centers. Above all, the best way to become familiar with a school is to talk to a student or advisor at an information session, on-campus, or virtual event. 

ROI of an MBA: Salaries, Job Offers, and Connections

In 2018, 98.5 percent of students seeking full-time employment received job offers with a starting salary between $122,000 and $150,000. Wharton’s nearly 100,000 alumni live and work in over 153 countries, while 12.3 percent of 2018 graduates chose to work outside of the U.S. upon graduation.

Wharton MBA Salary Range
Compensation Range

99,000 Alumni

in 153 Countries

694 Employers

Make offers to Wharton Students

Graduates reporting full-time job offers
Accepted full-time jobs
of the jobs accepted were overseas

The Value of a Wharton MBA in Today’s Market

It is nearly impossible to calculate the total return on investment of an MBA degree. In addition to increased earning potential and career opportunities, there are countless, less quantifiable benefits of the two-year, full-time experience. Most significantly, you are bound to meet and engage with hundreds of classmates and faculty that will challenge your worldview, help you discover strengths and weaknesses, and open your mind to brand new ways of thinking. These relationships will stay with you for a lifetime. 

Wharton has earned a global reputation by educating the best minds in business for over a century. Our identity was forged by founder Joseph Wharton, who had a vision for a business school that focused on rigorous analysis, actionable knowledge, and responsible leadership. You will become a part of that vision by:

Expanding Your Business Leadership Skills

Wharton’s research and curriculum are focused on driving productivity, growth and social progress. The students and alumni you will be exposed to throughout your education and career cannot compare to other programs.

Harnessing the Power of Data

Wharton’s reputation as “the finance school” is well earned. The rigorous and relevant data analysis that drives Wharton Finance is true of the entire School. Wharton analytics fuels data-driven decision making, helping you to become a visionary and pragmatic business leader in any career you choose.

Fueling Your Entrepreneurship

Wharton faculty, students and alumni turn great ideas into scalable and sustainable businesses. Our disciplined approach challenges concepts, focuses ideas and provides the know-how to turn fledgling businesses into strong, enduring organizations.

Growing Your Global Reach

Wharton’s footprint and impact continue to grow around the world; providing immersive experiences across six continents; helping to establish three business schools in Asia; and opening the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing.

Participating in the Future of Business Education

Wharton’s commitment extends well beyond your time on campus. Lifelong learning means you get access to the skills and network you need throughout your career.

Compensation Summary for Recent Graduates: How Much Could an MBA Increase Your Salary?

In addition to an annual base salary, some employers may choose to offer sign-on and year-end bonuses and assistance with relocation expenses. In an effort to be transparent, we ask our recent graduates to self-report these figures to us on an annual basis.

Compensation ItemCompensation Median (US $)
Annual Base Salary$150,000
Sign-on Bonus$30,000
Guaranteed Year-End Bonus$25,000

This information is as of September 12, 2019 and is collected and reported according to MBA CSEA Standards. When listed, guaranteed compensation is per month, and does not include discretionary bonuses or other forms of compensation. In accordance with MBA CSEA Standards, compensation is not listed for categories reported by less than 1% of students seeking employment.

More Career Statistics

For more detailed statistics, visit the MBA Career Management site