When you’re applying to an MBA, business school admissions teams look at your Grade Point Average (GPA) score—which measures your undergraduate performance—to predict whether you’ll be a good fit for their school’s curriculum. A good GPA score usually ranges anywhere between 3.0 and 3.5, and the GPA scale ranges between 1.0 and 4.0.
Students in the top MBA programs in the US tend to have higher average GPA scores, which reflects the academically rigorous curriculum at the best schools.
But, if you think you have a low GPA, don’t worry, many business schools like Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management don’t have minimum MBA GPA requirements. To get a sense of where you should be aiming though, it’s always wise to compare your score with the average at the schools you’re targeting.
Here are the average MBA GPA scores* at Harvard, Stanford, and other top US business schools.
1) Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
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Average MBA GPA – 3.5
Tuck School of Business prides itself on its inclusive environment; its 2023 class has 46% women enrolled, 30% minority students, and 41% international students.
If enrolled, you’ll join a global alumni network of 10,000 graduates. You’ll also enjoy a high return on investment after your studies—Tuck MBA graduates earn an average base salary of $140,000 three years after business school.
2) The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Average MBA GPA – 3.56
This 21-month program has 13 concentrations in Accounting, Analytic Finance, Behavioral Science, Business Analytics, Econometrics and Statistics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Marketing Management, Operations Management, and Strategic Management.
After completing their studies, 95% of students receive a job offer within three months.
3) Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Average MBA GPA – 3.6
Home to notable alumni like William Sickles, team lead of Retail at Google, and Vijay Karnani, managing director at Goldman Sachs, the Kellogg MBA draws in undergrads from an array of different industry backgrounds.
Immediately after graduating, on average 80% of students receive an offer of employment.
4) MIT Sloan School of Management
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Average MBA GPA – 3.6
Just under 94% of full-time MBA graduates at MIT are employed three months after business school.
Graduating from the school places you among a number of high-profile MIT notable alumni, including Carly Fiorina, former president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., and John Reed, former chairman of Citicorp.
5) Columbia Business School
Average MBA GPA – 3.6
Columbia Business School’s MBA program has concentrations in Accounting, Consulting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and more.
The school boasts an impressive network of 48,000 alumni and has students come from over 90 countries across the world to join its MBA class. The average MBA Salary of Columbia grads three years after business school is $150,000.
6) Yale School of Management
Average MBA GPA – 3.62
Academic centers at Yale include the International Center for Finance, the Center for Business and the Environment, and the Center for Customer Insights, giving you plenty of opportunities to specialize.
Students on Yale’s MBA partake in Yale’s Leadership Development Program, a leadership curriculum that runs throughout the entire 22-month program; a global studies requirement, which teaches students to think about business in a global context; and a study trip to an overseas business capital, which exposes them to business operations and practices in different cultures.
7) University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
Average MBA GPA – 3.65
This 21-month MBA is based on the doorstep of Silicon Valley. Once you’ve graduated, you could end up working for major businesses like Google, Goldman Sachs, and Amazon. Or, if entrepreneurship is your thing, you could end up joining the wave of startup founders to come out of the West Coast.
The business school has an alumni network of over 40,000 alumni, including some notable graduates like automotive executive Robert Lutz, and former CEO of Vodafone, Arun Sarin.
8) Harvard Business School
Average MBA GPA – 3.7
Harvard Business School is renowned for being one of the world’s best MBA programs, with a strong focus on management expertise, non-profit, and entrepreneurship. There’s also the HBS case study method of teaching, used the world over.
Although the MBA costs $146,880, you can expect a great return on your investment. The average weighted salary for an HBS MBA three years after graduation is a huge $210,000.
9) Stanford Graduate School of Business
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Average MBA GPA – 3.8
With such a high average GPA, it’s no wonder that Stanford has an acceptance rate of around 9%. You need to be at the top of your game to land a place on the Stanford MBA.
The MBA at the school has an array of electives that help you specialize. They include The Startup Garage: Testing and Launch, Health Information Technology and Strategy, and Biodesign Innovation: Concept Development and Implementation.
10) The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania
Average MBA GPA – 3.9
93.5% of full-time MBA graduates seeking work after Wharton receive offers of employment, according to the school.
After completing an MBA at Wharton, the median salary of graduates is $150,000. If you’re among them you’ll also join an extensive 100,000+ alumni network, spanning 150 countries.
*Average MBA GPA scores taken from the US News & World Report MBA GPA data.