Goizueta Business School

The majestic Goizueta School of Business has a different charm of its own. Part of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Goizueta is named after Roberto C. Goizueta, the Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

Goizueta happens to be that celebrated person, who, during his 16-year-old tenure, had increased Coke’s value from $4 billion to $145 billion, while earning the company the title “America’s Most Admired Corporation” from Fortune magazine.

It is said that throughout his life, Roberto Goizueta had been driven by intellectual courage and integrity along with a curious mind. The Goizueta School of Business upholds those very principles of the great man. The Goizueta MBA is built on the pillars of courage, integrity, accountability, rigour, diversity, team spirit, and community feeling, and is a a top-tier institution for principled leaders.

The school has both a one-year and a two-year full-time MBA programme, enrolling a class of just under 160 two-year students and fewer than 60 one-year students annually. Both the one-year and two-year full time MBA programmes at Goizueta allow students to customise their MBA experience by focusing on industry specific skills and knowledge, in addition to the foundational core courses.

The Goizueta School of Business is known for its commitment to diversity, as well as for providing an education that combines functional specialisation with a broad base in business fundamentals.

The school also boasts three research centres in areas that are expected to generate increasing numbers of jobs in the economy: alternative investments, marketing analytics, and social enterprise. Each centre grants fellowships to students during the application process.

Emory: Goizueta Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Goizueta Full-Time MBA programme requires 12 core courses in the first semester, varying on the one-year or two-year programme structure. Interested in finance, marketing, professional communications, economics, management practice, and related fields? Goizueta offers these and a lot more. These classes are followed in subsequent semesters with 10 (for one-year track) or 14 (for two-year) elective courses.

Elective courses are chosen to fit students’ particular interests and allow them to concentrate in one of 15 (for one-year track) or 30 (for two-year) specific paths (all fit within the primary five academic areas – accounting, finance, information systems & operations management, marketing, and organisation and management – that the school specialises in).

More than 80% of Goizueta Full-Time MBA students also take advantage of the programme’s international mid-semester module, where students can pursue internships or special projects during the spring semester all across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The stress on experiential learning is a huge part of Goizueta’s pedagogy – and the benefit of this approach is that students enter their summer internships well prepared to impress. Consequently, for the past five years in a row, 100% of the two-year MBA students at the school have had a summer internship. This is possibly one of the other reasons why Goizueta has the best job placement performance among the top US business school for the last two years. If you want a sure bet for a good job, there are only a few other places that can pretty much guarantee it.

Concentrations offered at the Goizueta MBA include:

  • Accounting
  • Alternative Investments
  • Business of Sport
  • Business Process Consulting
  • Business Technology Management
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Finance
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Decision Analysis
  • General Marketing
  • Global Financial Reporting Analysis
  • Global Management
  • Healthcare Consulting
  • Investment Banking
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing Consulting
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Management
  • Product Brand Management
  • Real Estate
  • Social Enterprise
  • Strategy Consulting

Goizueta Application Deadlines for the Fall 2017 intake

Application deadlines for the Fall 2017 intake (for both the one-year and two-year MBA programmes) are as follows:

  • Round 1: October 14, 2016
  • Round 2: November 11, 2016 (Preferred deadline for One-Year MBA applicants, international applicants, and applicants interested in consideration for top named scholarships)
  • Round 3: January 4, 2017 (Final deadline for general merit-based scholarships)

Goizueta MBA application for the Fall 2017 intake

The Goizueta application process is online, though certain documents such as transcripts/recommendations can be submitted via hardcopy as well. The application documentation includes:

  • Resume : A résumé containing your employment and education background must be uploaded to your application. The employment section on the résumé should include locations, titles, and dates, starting with your most recent job. The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.
  • Application Essays: The Goizueta Application has four essays, which are included below for your reference:
      • Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (Limit: 300 words)
      • The business school is named after Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organisation for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. Mr. Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership – professional or personal – and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (Limit: 300 words)
      • Complete one of the following statements. (Limit: 250 words)
        • I am passionate about…
        • The best piece of advice I’ve received is…
        • The best day of my life was…
        • A personal goal I want to accomplish is…
      • Share with the committee and your future classmates a funny or noteworthy fact about you. (Limit: 25 words)
      • Optional Essay: This essay is for you in case you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.
  • Recommendation Letters: Goizueta requires at least two letters of recommendation submitted either online or via hardcopy. The school prefers that these recommendations are professional in nature. Applicants are advised to be thoughtful when selecting their recommenders, and ensure that they choose at least one person who knows them well in their current position, such as a direct supervisor, project manager or client. While applicants can courier hardcopies of the recommendation letter, it is preferable that applicants submit online recommendations. Applicants can access the recommendation letter copy here.
  • GMAT/GRE scores: Applicants to Goizueta Business School are required to take the GMAT or the GRE. Official score reports must be sent to Goizueta Business School directly from the testing service. If you have taken the tests multiple times, you’ll have to submit all your scores.
  • Transcripts: Goizueta accepts a scanned copy of an applicant’s university transcripts for evaluative purposes. Acceptable documents must include the university/college name, your name, degree conferred with date (if applicable), grade point average and all courses with grades received. Goizueta requires transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Application Fee: The application fee for the Goizueta MBA is USD 150.

Goizueta MBA recruitment

Goizueta Business School’s Career Management Center (CMC) offers many services to full-time MBA students who need assistance with their job search. The CMC works within the programme curriculum to offer professional development and interview training within both core and elective courses, preparing students for both the internship and job search processes. Prior to  arriving on campus, two-year students complete a survey on their career goals; based on the results, students are then paired with a peer career coach (PCC).

Goizueta offers quite varied employment trends to its students, like:

  • Goizueta alumni are among the top for post-graduate employment nationwide, with nearly 98% of students receiving job offers within three months after graduating and an average full-time base salary of $107,220.
  • Consulting is the most popular industry for the Class of 2015, as 38% of graduates enter the field.
  • Financial services claimed 22% of the Class of 2015 and technology took in 10%.
  • Transportation/logistics was a popular industry, relative to other business schools, as it claimed 8% of Goizueta graduates.
  • Consumer products and healthcare were chosen by 6% each.

Goizeuta keeps with the general business school trend of placing a considerable percentage of its graduates in the region where the school is located.

  • 58% of the Class of 2015 settled in the South.
  • 20% moved to the Northeast.
  • 3% chose to work.
  • Others fanned out across the US.

For the past five years in a row, 100% of the two-year MBA students at the school have had a summer internship. That is one of the other reasons why Goizueta has the best job placement performance of any top US business school in the past two years.

But that’s not all: Goizueta has shown the largest growth in reported salary and bonus among U.S. News’ top 25 schools over the last four years and the only double-digit growth during that time: 18.6%.

Average salaries rose to $104,334 in 2015, up from $103,463 a year earlier, while average bonuses jumped to $25,593 from $17,710 back in 2009. Post MBA salaries across recruitment fields are tabulated below:

Industry Percent Median Base Salary Median Signing Bonus
Consulting Services 38% $135,000 $25,000
Financial Services 22% $115,000 $30,000
Technology 10% $100,000 $18,333
Transportation/Logistics 8% $94,900 $15,000
Consumer Products 6% $97,500 $20,000
Healthcare 6% $102,500 *
Real Estate 1% * *
Other 10% $90,000 *

*Others includes Education, Government, Not-for-Profit/Social Enterprise, Media/Entertainment, and Energy. Salary data is not reported for industries with less than three points of data.

Class Profile
Goizueta’s typical full-time, two-year MBA class is approximately 66% male and 34% female, with 10% self-reporting as minorities and 43% self-reporting as international. These students have an average of 5 years of professional work experience. The average GMAT and GPA earned by these students are 620-730 (80% range) and 3.3, respectively.

The typical full-time, one-year MBA class is approximately 67% male and 33% female, with 26% self-reporting as minorities and 23% self-reporting as international. These students have an average of 6 years of professional work experience. The average GMAT and GPA earned by these students is 680 and 3.4, respectively.

Funding your Goizueta MBA

  • Full-time, two-year students can expect to pay a total of about $81,268.
  • One-year students pay about $117,54; these costs factor in tuition, fees, books, health insurance, parking.
  • There is another one-time $200 orientation fee, along with living expenses.
  • Financial assistance is available in the form of Federal Stafford Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, Private Loans, International Student Loans, research and assistantships, merit-based scholarships, fellowships from the Goizueta Business Fund for Excellence, and fellowships at various constituent centres.

Two-Year Programme Tuition (per year) 

  • Tuition $57,000
  • Fees (incl. one-time $200 fee) $580
  • Living $17,972
  • Books $2,200
  • Health Insurance $2,850
  • Parking $666
  • Total $81,268

* Please note that tuition fees are subject to change



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