Both the improving economy and the revitalized emphasis on MBA candidates’ personal responsibility in the job search process have improved job placement gains for recent MBA grads.

Just over 95 percent of December 2004 MBA grads (class of 2005 in the 18-month MBA program) walked across the stage with jobs in hand at commencement. Ninety days after graduation, the class of 48 students (with 42 seeking employment) had placed 41 students, meaning 98 percent of seeking December graduates had jobs.

Compared to the December 2003 graduating class of MBAs, more graduates in December 2004 reported bonuses and more received multiple offers, Mays’ Graduate Business Career Services reports.

For the school year of fall 2004 and spring 2005, GBCS also reported a 37.5 percent increase in the number of job opportunities posted through the service’s MasterLaunch job-seeking tool. There were 422 internship and full-time opportunities in 2004-2005, as compared to 307 in 2003-2004.