The number of George Mason University undergraduates who either found jobs or continued on to postgraduate education increased by three points to 81 percent, according to new data released by the university. For School of Business graduates, the six-month post-graduation employment rate for undergraduates was even higher.
“Eighty-three percent of 2018 School of Business undergraduate students reported they were either employed at graduation or attending graduate or professional school, a significant increase from 76 percent in 2017,” said Kerry Willigan, assistant dean of the School of Business’ Office of Career Services. “Employers are consistently telling us that School of Business students have the diverse backgrounds, solid education, and internship experiences that they look for in their candidates.”
With a dedicated Office of Career Services, the School of Business assists undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, at every stage of their career development. The lifetime assistance provided by the Office of Career Services includes career coaching and interview training, assistance with searches for internships and jobs, and career counseling.
University-wide starting salaries also increased over last year. Undergraduate degree earners reported a median salary of $60,000, an increase from $54,000 in 2017; graduate degree earners reported a median salary of $65,000, up from $62,000 in 2017.
With many job opportunities available in the surrounding area, about 92 percent of graduates settled in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia — including 73 percent in the Commonwealth.
Read more about Mason’s Class of 2019 Career Plans Survey Report in Mason’s recent article, “Mason graduates find quick success in the workforce.”