The D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University landed at No. 13 in this year’s rankings, up 5 spots from 2021’s 18th place. For the past few years, the Boston-based business school has consistently ranked in the teens, coming in at No. 15 in 2020. D’Amore-McKim had an acceptance rate of 16.28% this year, more selective than last year’s 19.53% and average SAT score of 1463, relatively high compared to other B-schools and up from last year’s average of 1456.
D’Amore-McKim students graduate with strong employment outcomes. Some 93% of the Class of 2021 secured a business-focused internship before graduation, down slightly from last year’s 98.90% for the Class of 2020, and an impressive 97.62% of the Class of 2021 was employed full-time by the time of graduation, up from last year’s 95.56%.
The strong employment outlook for D’Amore-McKim graduates can likely be attributed to the B-school’s comprehensive education of co-op work experience and the variety of global opportunities.
The D’Amore-McKim education is best described as one that fuses rigorous academics with experiential and global opportunities that allow students to explore their career interests.
D’Amore-McKim students have access to 15 total majors including Accounting, Corporate Innovation and Venture, Entrepreneurial Startups, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Family Business, Finance, Fintech, Global Business and Strategy, Healthcare Management and Consulting, Management, Management Information Systems Marketing, Marketing Analytics, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management.
Additionally, students can also choose from a number of combined major offerings such as International Affairs and International Business or Business Administration and Design, to name a few.
As a four-year program, D’Amore-McKim students, regardless of major, all take a set of business core courses that cover the fundamentals of business from financial accounting to marketing.
D’Amore-McKim alumni tend to view their education highly. When asked to evaluate how well D’Amore-McKim prepared them for the working world, 2019 alumni gave a strong 8.8 average rating.
SIGNATURE CO-OP EXPERIENCE
Every D’Amore-McKim student graduates with some form of experiential learning experience. For many, that experience is through the Cooperative Education Program, or Co-op, where students essentially work a paid, full-time job that aligns with their career goals for six-months.
“This is an extremely unique program whereby students have access to hundreds of companies and available positions or limited terms,” one 2018 alumni told us. “The experience gained in the real work environments was also always related back to any coursework and experiential learning throughout various business courses; ranging from organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, marketing management, advertising and more.”
Many students take on more than one co-op experience throughout their four years at D’Amore-McKim.
“Each of my three co-ops were in a different field, with different levels of responsibility,” one 2018 alumni told us. “During my final co-op at a consulting firm I was treated as a full-fledged employee, with my own client relationships to manage and projects to run on my own.”
While many b-schools offer experiential learning opportunities in the form of project work or simulations, D’Amore-McKim’s Co-op program allows students to get real work experience to bolster their resume before they even graduate.
D’Amore-McKim students have a number of global opportunities including through a Global Co-op, study abroad programs with partner universities, or one of the many curated programs.
For many college students, studying abroad may not be a feasible option due to the long length of programs, credit requirements, or costs associated with travel. However, at D’Amore-McKim, students have a variety of study abroad options available to them depending on their interests, needs, and goals.
“The business-focused study abroad program in China was a curated experience for me and other Northeastern business students to take required courses in a completely different setting with a relevant and important focus on doing business in China,” one 2018 alumni told us. “I learned so much about how culture and history affects business in only a month and a half.”
“Exceptionally well-developed first semester study abroad opportunities in addition to a huge variety of regular study abroad opportunities at virtually every school,” another 2018 alumni told us. “Top notch advising makes it easy to find matching courses.”
“I am a Director at Oracle only three years after graduating as a direct result of the Co-Op Program at Northeastern. It provided an irreplaceable opportunity to be fully integrated inside corporations with limited risk to the organization and the students in regards to ROI and Career. The coaching used to prepare for these assignments is coaching I am often providing for individuals 10-30 years my senior that never had the opportunity to learn. Every professional I have spoken to who has graduated from Northeastern has placed the Co-Op program as the number one reason for their success after graduating.
“My senior capstone focused on a strategic market expansion plan for an existing company. While the project itself tested my skills in market research, financial analysis, and strategic thinking, it was especially valuable because the company I focused on for the project, Grubhub, is now my current employer.”
“I had the opportunity to study abroad and work for 6 months full-time in corporate finance at GE and then at a venture capital firm. I also had the opportunity to participate in the on campus accelerator and run the program while I was a student.”
“By applying what I had learned in class during my co-op I was able to to further understand and make connections that not only helped retain that knowledge but also to more deeply understand their importance in the real world. Furthermore, through co-op I was also able to develop business relations that were essential for my career by providing mentorship, other unique experiences such as performing another co-op abroad, and landing a job after graduation.”
“Northeastern’s Co-op program prepared me with the soft and hard skills needed for a career after college. It paved a path for me to discover my own professional interests and further develop them through other Co-op opportunities and in the classroom. I can 100% say that I am where I am today because of Northeastern.”
Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:
PwC – 26
BCG – 16
EY – 10
Amazon – 9
Wayfair – 9
Goldman Sachs – 8
Morgan Stanley – 8
KPMG – 7
Deloitte – 7
Scotiabank – 6