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Overall Salaries Increase for Business Undergraduates

Career Outlook Remains Strong for Business Students

The 2016 Postgraduate Outcomes Summary released by the DePaul University Career Center found that the overall median salaries for the business undergraduate class of 2016 increased by 3 percent. Marketing and economics majors in the class of 2016 saw a 10 and 8 percent increases, respectively.

The summary, released each year by the Career Center, found that 94 percent of business majors are either employed, continuing their educations or not seeking employment. 

To collect the data, the Career Center surveys DePaul's graduating class about their post-graduation plans at graduation and six months after degree completion. Employment data is also gathered from graduates' LinkedIn profiles. 

2016 Postgraduate Outcomes Summary for the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business also found that 94 percent of business graduates are either employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment. The career outcome rate is the same reported for the 2014-15 graduating class. 

“With no change, we couldn’t be happier,” says Jennifer Kopcynski, director of the Kellstadt Career Management Center. “I think this strong outcome is a result of variety of factors, including our relationships with the community and developing new ones based on growing industries that are happening here in Chicago.”

Kopczynski pointed out that the largest percentage of current students at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business are working professionals. That number has increased lately due to DePaul’s partnerships with companies through the university’s Corporate and Employer Outreach (CEO) initiative, which allows students to earn master’s degrees through an on-site program.

Kellstadt’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs also give working professionals the flexibility they need to balance a full-time job while earning a degree within two years.

“I think the connections DePaul offers in the classroom are great, too,” Kopczynski adds. “Students who might be looking to switch companies or are looking to advance in ​​​​their careers are networking with classmates who are already at great companies.”

The survey also reported the median salary of Kellstadt graduates. The overall median salary for MBA graduates was $82,000 and the overall median salary for MS graduates was $59,500.