McKinsey is a top management consulting firm, with 127 offices across five continents. With so many offices, McKinsey is always on the lookout for the best and brightest MBA talent.
The following 10 schools have a history of placing many students with consulting firms, particularly McKinsey, and provide programs that can help candidates stand out.
Here's 10 of the best US business schools for getting a job at McKinsey:
1. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Of Chicago Booth’s class of 2017, 160 (32.6%) of graduates found employment in consulting. Of that 160, 48 (30%) were hired by McKinsey. It's clear from Chicago Booth's program offerings why McKinsey hires so many of its graduates. Chicago Booth offers five different management concentrations, all of which provide students opportunities to network within the consulting field and apply their classroom knowledge to real-world experiences, better preparing them for futures at McKinsey.
2. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Much like Chicago Booth, Kellogg places almost one-third (32.9%) of its graduates in consulting positions. The top employer for the school is McKinsey, which hired 40 graduates from the class of 2017. Lab courses prepare Kellogg students for their future careers with real-world consulting experiences. In these courses, students work in groups of four or five in order to provide recommendations to businesses, as well as nonprofit organizations and startups.
3. Duke University – Fuqua School of Business
McKinsey was the second-highest employer of Fuqua’s class of 2017, providing positions to 21 students. Fuqua provides students with many skills they need to be successful in management consulting. In addition to a vast array of concentrations that give students the advantage necessary to thrive in management consulting, Duke also provides the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum. This program provides students with the opportunity to work with an organization over the course of a semester, giving them the real-world experience to stand out over other applicants.
4. MIT Sloan School of Management
Sloan and McKinsey have long had a close connection. McKinsey hired 26 students from the class of 2017, which makes it the second-highest employer of Sloan grads. Sloan students are a hot commodity because they train in various fields and can tailor their education to the meet their employer's needs. Unlike other two-year programs where students are required to take a full year of requirements, Sloan requires only one semester. This provides students with the ability to better prepare for bright futures in management consulting.
5. University of Virginia – Darden School of Business
The School of Business has a well-deserved reputation for setting up its students for careers in consulting. In addition to Darden’s unique case method teaching style, Darden offers various opportunities for students to gain practical experience by working with nonprofit organizations, corporations, and small businesses. The skills and experiences gained by students at Darden are coveted by consulting organizations, as 34% of class of 2017 graduates were scooped up by consulting firms—McKinsey was one of the top hirers.
6. Yale School of Management
35.9% of Yale's class of 2017 secured positions in the consulting industry. Yale prepares its students through a curriculum that emphasizes global business and provides the ability to develop the analytic and decision-making skills that are paramount to one’s success in management consulting.
7. Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
33% of students from Tuck's class of 2017 were hired by consulting firms—and McKinsey was eager to secure as many Tuck graduates as it could muster. Tuck prepares its graduates to make an immediate impact in management consulting due to the school's specialized management training, as well as Tuck’s OnSite Global Consulting program, which allows students to gain real-world experience.
8. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
The Ross School of Business has a history of providing training and knowledge to students who wish to pursue management consulting. Of all the students from the class of 2017, 32.7% went into consulting. The flexibility of Ross' program combined with its global focus provide students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed in their careers in management consulting.
9. Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania
Given its history as one of the most prestigious business schools in the country, it is no surprise that McKinsey is eager to hire Wharton graduates. 28.3% of graduates from the class of 2017 have gone into consulting. The breadth of a Wharton education allows students to gain the knowledge necessary to excel at competitive firms such as McKinsey.
10. SC Johnson College of Business – Cornell University
Despite the fact that only 25% of Johnson graduates end up in consulting—the lowest percentage of all the schools on this list—Johnson is unique because it offers a specialized consulting program. This in-depth, immersive program provides students with practical experience and contacts that will help them excel at top firms such as McKinsey.