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#212 Georgia Tech Scheller MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Jonathan Clarke

“We pride ourselves in being at the center of business and technology… We’ve asked employers, ‘How would you describe our students?’ and most often the words we get back are ‘humble, hardworking and good problem solvers.’ I think that’s fantastic and that’s how I would describe our students as well.”

Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Interim Dean at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, discusses what makes the Scheller MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.


  • Introduction (0:00)
  • Program Highlights – What Makes the Georgia Tech Scheller MBA Unique? (4:00)
  • Scheller MBA Admissions & Scholarships – How to Improve Your Chances? (17:20)
  • Career Opportunities after Georgia Tech Scheller – What to Know & How to Prepare (32:20)

Georgia Tech Scheller MBA (STEM designated) Full-time MBA Highlights

(last updated August 2023)

  • Length, Intake, Size: 22-months, Fall intake, ~75 students/year
  • Typical Class:  5.2 years average work experience, 41% international, GMAT average: 695
  • Curriculum:
    • Academic Core: 12 required core corses and 11 required electives, along with Leadership Assessment Workshop and International Practicum
    • Concentrations: Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Leadership, Management, Management of Information Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Product & Service Innovation, Strategy & Innovation, Sustainability, Technology Innovators; Supplemental Concentrations in Law & Ethics and Real Estate
    • Faculty: ~100 faculty members
    • Student Clubs: ~14 student clubs
  • Admissions: 
    • Application requirements: strongly recommend 2-3 years of work experience, good GMAT/GRE, TOEFL(95)/IELTS(7) if necessary, transcripts, 1 resume, 3 essays, 2 recommendations, interview with admissions, career services or current Scheller MBAs
    • Application rounds: 4 application rounds between October and April
    • Admissions looking for: “There is no point system or ‘secret formula.’ We are truly interested in building a program of diverse, forward thinking individuals. However, the College doesn’t compromise on quality and seeks students who demonstrate strong and appropiate work experience, leadership, maturity, community activity, intellectual capacity, and competitive academic credentials (GRE or GMAT score and GPA). Strengths in one area may compensate for weaknesses in another area.”
  • Careers:
    • Placement, Class of 2023 (preliminary): 96% employed w/in 3 months of graduation, ~155,000 USD avg starting salary (~28,000 avg bonus)
    • Placement, Class of 2022: 100% received job offer w/in 3 months of graduation, ~$137,000 USD avg starting salary (~$27,000 avg bonus), graduates experienced 117% increase in salary after 3 years; average alumni salary is ~$150,000 USD after 3 years
    • Top Destinations, Class of 2022: not available
    • Top Industries, Class of 2022: 36% consulting, 20% technology, 16% financial services, 6% manufacturing, 6% transportation / logistics, 5% consumer products
    • Top Functions, Class of 2022: 44% consulting, 22% marketing & sales, 11% general management, 7% operations / logistics, 6% finance / accounting, 6% information technology
    • 32 companies from 10 different industries hired Class of 2022 graduates
    • Top 5 Career Services in world as ranked by Financial Times for 6 straight years (2018-2023)
  • Scholarships: 5 types of fellowships available each year up to $93,000 USD; more than 50% of Full-time MBAs are awarded funding in the form of graduate research assistantships or fellowships
  • Rankings: Ranked #26 by US News and World Report (2023) and #64 internationally by Financial Times (2023); Scheller is ranked a Top 10 MBA in the USA for Business Analytics, Information Systems, and Supply Chain by US News & World Report (2023) 
  • Alumni: 165,000+ Georgia Tech Alumni, 4,000+ C-Suite Alumni across 50 states and 132 countries; 25,000+ Scheller MBA alumni, most live in North America
  • Tuition:  ~$62,000 USD for Georgia residents, ~$84,500 for Non-residents; $95-$105 USD application fee; estimated living costs $2,666 USD/month
  • Accreditations: AACSB

About Our Guest

Jonathan Clarke is Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Finance at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. From 2012-2018, Dr. Clarke served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, where he helped raise the school’s profile. Dr. Clarke was named to the Poets and Quants 2018 list of Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors, and also voted the 2009 and 2013 MBA Core Professor of the Year. He has taught custom programs for NCR, Clorox, Georgia Pacific, Lockheed Martin, and the National Football League. Dr. Clarke is on the board of the Eastern Finance Association, on the editorial board of The Financial Review, and edits the Handbook of Modern Finance.

Dr. Clarke received his PhD from the Katz Graduate School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh and his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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