Why Attend?


  • 13 Hours of networking
  • Meet 150+ Recruiters representing 35+ top MBA employers
  • 10+ hours of onsite interviews
  • 9+ hours of career education seminars & veteran-led industry panels!
  • 9:1 company/student ratio
  • Network with 300+ other veterans!



Success Stories


Many of the students who have attended this conference have been hired by the sponsor firms! Here are a few recent examples!


Associate Brand Manager

Chris Hunt

view profile

Operations Program Manager

George Rozo

view profile

Analytics Consultant

Shawn Frenza

view profile

Investment Banking Associate

Zachary Buzzato

view profile

Registration Eligibility


You must meet both of the requirements listed below to register for the event.

Military Service

Must have served as a commissioned officer, NCO, or enlisted member in US (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) or non-US Armed Force (IDF, South Korea, UK, etc.) on Active Duty, in the National or Air Guard or as a Reservist

Does NOT include members of the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service.

Academic Requirements

You must be a FT, PT, Online, or EMBA student a currently enrolled (December 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 grads only) at one of our eligible MBA programs. Click here for a current list.

Does NOT include graduate students in non-MBA Masters programs (Accounting, Finance, Financial Engineering, etc.)



Registration for the MBA Veterans Career Conference and participation in our broader network is available to veterans enrolled at the Top-40 ranked US MBA programs according to the most recent US News & World Report full-time MBA rankings, top-ranked non-US MBA programs according to the most recent Financial Times rankings or at approved affiliate institutions.


  • Arizona State University (Carey)
  • Babson College (Olin)
  • Boston College (Carroll)
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University (Marriott)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia Business School
  • Cornell University (Johnson)
  • Dartmouth College (Tuck)
  • Duke University (Fuqua)
  • Emory University (Goizueta)
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University (McDonough)
  • Georgia Tech (Scheller)
  • Harvard Business School
  • Indiana University-Bloomington (Kelley)
  • Michigan State University (Broad)
  • MIT (Sloan)
  • New York University (Stern)
  • Northwestern University (Kellogg)
  • Penn State (Smeal)
  • Purdue University (Krannert)
  • Rice University (Katz)
  • Southern Methodist University (Cox)
  • Stanford Business School
  • Texas A&M University (Mays)
  • The Ohio State University (Fisher)
  • Tufts University
  • University of Arizona (Eller)
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Irvine (Merage)
  • University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)
  • University of California Berkeley (Haas)
  • University of Chicago (Booth)
  • University of Florida (Hough)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa (Tippie)
  • University of Maryland – College Park (Smith)
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan (Ross)
  • University of Minnesota (Carlson)
  • University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill (Kenan Flagler)
  • University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Katz)
  • University of Rochester (Simon)
  • University of Southern California (Marshall)
  • University of Texas – Dallas (Naveen)
  • University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)
  • University of Virginia (Darden)
  • University of Washington (Foster)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University (Owen)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
  • Yale School of Management


  • Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Cambridge University (Judge)
  • CEIBS (China)
  • Cranfield University
  • HEC-Paris
  • HKUST Business School
  • Instituto de Empresa (IE)
  • IESE
  • IMD
  • Imperial College
  • London Business School
  • Manchester Business School
  • Oxford University (Said)
  • Queen͛s University
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Singapore Business School
  • University of Toronto (Rotman)
  • University of Western Ontario (Ivey)
  • Warwick Business School (UK)
  • York University (Schulich)



Full Time MBA EMBA & Online/PT
April 1 – July 31st $195 $349
August 1 – August 15th $225
August 16- September 30th $245
September 7-October 5th $275

Note: Fees are based on date paid, not date registered with MBA Veterans Connect®


Pre-Conference Job Board .
4.5 Hour Career Expo .
Lunch with Recruiters .
Post-Conference Open Bar Happy Hour .
9:1 Student/Company Ratio (35-40 firms + 330 Candidates) .
Industry Panels .
Company-led ‘MBA Career” breakout sessions (by industry/function) .
Pre-Conference Small Group, Afternoon Speed Networking Session .
Pre-Conference Happy Hour & Dinner with Company Reps. .
Networking Breakfast (Friday) .

* There is a 75% chance of being ‘pre-selected” for invite-only sessions and/or interviews if you register for the conference at least 4 weeks prior to the conference. Historically, this decreases by ~10 percentage points per week up to the event.



 Military Transitions & MBA Admissions Summit Referral Program

Convince a veteran friend or associate to attend our new conference for transitioning officers & NCO’s

(hosted on the Saturday after the 2017 MBA Veterans Conference) and they register, you’ll get a $10 referral bonus (per person)!



1. Create a Profile in MBA Veterans Connect

2. Complete all Required Fields

3. Accounts are Reviewed and Approved

4. Register to Confirm Conference Attendance*

*If you have not paid, you are not confirmed for the conference. Email info (at) with questions


Frequently asked questions


You must meet both of the requirements listed below to register for the event.

I am not a military veteran, but I worked for the military and/or for another federal agency (CIA, FBI, DOD(non-military), DIA, ATF, NOAA, etc...) as a civilian or contractor and spent time working in a combat zone. May I participate in your programs?

While we appreciate your service, you are not eligible to participate in the MBA Veterans Network or our programming activities.

I am a military veteran, but I am completing a non-MBA Master's (MSF, MSA, MPA, MPP, MIB, MSFE, etc.) or PhD at one of the graduate schools of business listed on your eligibility list. May I participate in your programs?

While we applaud your commitment to pursuing a graduate degree at a great university, participation is exclusive to MBA students and alumni.

I am a veteran, but I served in a non-US military service. Am I eligible to register?

Absolutely. As long as you are student or graduate of a qualifying MBA program you are more than welcome to join the Network and register for this conference. Please, however, keep in mind that the recruiting companies’ willingness to hiring candidates without US citizenship or work visas is the same at this event as it is on campus.

My MBA program has ``Exams/Case Competition/Attend of Fail class policy`` that I can't miss – any advice?

  • Exam Conflict: In early June 2016, we contacted every single MBA program team and shared the details about the conference so that the administrators could plan for students to attend. If you still have a conflict, we recommend petitioning your program to provide alternative exam dates so that you and your classmates can attend the event. This tactic has been achieved successfully by many students in the past.
  • Case Competition: You’re primarily attending a top-ranked MBA program to secure a rewarding, well-paid career, right? We’re not aware of any case competitions that will secure you an internship or a full-time job, so our recommendation is to always opt out of case competitions if they conflict with job-seeking activities such as the MBA Veterans Career Conference:
  • Attend Friday Class or Fail: If you attend an MBA program with this policy, it’s next to impossible to get out of –particularly as a 1st year MBA. However, if you can at least get to the event by the Expo by 2pm on Friday afternoon and/or participate in the networking activities on Thursday night –it’s still worth registering. The sponsors know your situation so they are generally accommodating of your situation for things like interview scheduling etc. FAQs

Are the Recruiting Companies the only ones that are recruiting at this year's event?

The answer seems obvious, but we always get asked this question so here it is –”yes.”

My MBA program isn't on your list of eligible schools. May I still register?

Not at this time. That’s because our corporate partners have very specific talent acquisition strategies and many of them place a priority on hiring candidates with top-ranked MBA degrees. Since a large part of our mission is to connect them with the kinds of candidates who meet their needs, we use the conventionally-accepted MBA rankings as criteria for participation.

I'm an alumnus and I'd like to attend this event. May I register?

With very few exceptions, we don’t permit alumni to register for this event (unless you went straight to active duty after graduating and are ETSing in summer 2017). That’s not because we don’t want you there, it’s more because the companies are specifically seeking students. However, the good news is that we are going to be hosting our inaugural MBA VETERANS ALUMNI CONFERENCE in March 2017. Many companies have been requesting it. So at year 10 we’re ready to do it! Click here to get on the waiting list for registration.

I don't see ``Company X`` on the list of recruiting companies and I'd like them to come. Why aren't they participating?

Believe us, we have contacted the military, campus, and diversity recruiters at literally every company that MBA students at elite schools would possibly want to work for. If you don’t see them on our list it’s due to one of the following three reasons:

1) They’re still evaluating it and haven’t signed up yet
2) They know about it and don’t want to participate this year
3) Their teams wants to participate, but some ‘macro’ business issue is forcing them to scale back on recruiting (examples –crashing stock prices, layoffs, waiting for a merger with another company to settle, divestitures/spin offs, etc.)

However, if you have a contact at a company that you think would be a great fit for the event – please let us know..

A company that is recruiting at this event also recruits on campus at my MBA program, what advantage is there to still attending?

The answer to this question lies in a quick explanation of the two ways that employers recruit.
On-campus vs. Diversity Recruiting:

  • On campus: Companies recruit at their ‘core’ MBA programs by sending teams of alumni and/or recruiters who are dedicated to recruiting candidates specifically from your school. As a candidate, you are placed into a pool of competition with all of your classmates (military and non-military) and you essentially compete with them for internships and jobs. The recruiters are not specifically looking for military veterans like you and they may or may not understand your professional background.
  • Diversity recruiting: In addition to campus teams, most top employers also employ diversity recruiters who have a mission to identify and recruit MBA candidates from various ‘federally protected’ demographic groups – including military veterans. If you attend this conference, you are guaranteed a ‘look’ by this diversity recruiting team. Now, you are a candidate who attends a ‘non-core’ school, and the team thinks you’re a viable candidates this centralized diversity team will likely manage your recruiting process. If, however, you attend a school where they also have an ‘on-campus’ team, the diversity team from this conference will ‘flag’ you as a target candidate and help to ensure that you get consideration during the on-campus recruiting cycle. In other words, you get ‘insider access’ to both the diversity teams and veterans networks, both of which have pull in the hiring process.
    Value of Affinity Networks: Most companies have ‘affinity networks’ like veterans groups that often have leverage in the recruiting process. In the case of this event, most sponsors send veteran employees to participate and their veterans groups evaluate candidates. These are the people who will not only advocate for you in the application process, but also look out for you in terms of job placement if you make it through. You cannot underestimate the value of meeting these people and you won’t meet them if you’re not there. FAQs

It looks like there are a lot of invite-only networking events and interviews at the conference. How do I maximize my ability to get selected for them?

There are two ways to dramatically increase the likelihood of getting invited to ‘pre-conference’ networking activities and onsite interviews ahead of the conference.

1) REGISTER AT LEAST 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT: Statistically, you have a 75% chance of being invited to pre-conferenceactivities if you register at least 4 weeks prior to the event. This decreases by 10 percentage points per week leading up to the event. This is because all recruiting teams get access to the networking platform 4 weeks ahead of time. They generally go into it one or 2 times to identify candidates to preselect and once it’s done, they’re done.

2) CRAFT A SOLID RESUME: Because every candidate served in the military and is attending a top-ranked program, you all generally look the same to companies. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because a majority of sponsors legitimately open up their roles to all candidates who attend, even if they’re not at a ‘core’ school and a curse because as candidate, a poorly crafted resume really stands out.

3) EXPRESS INTEREST IN POSTED ROLES: Companies use the job postings as ways to ‘passively’ recruit candidates and evaluate them for networking invites and interviews. If you have event the slightest interest in a company with a posted role – we strongly encourage you to ‘express interest” by clicking that job’s “I’m interested” button.



2018 MBA Veterans Career Conference

Location: Chicago, IL

October 11-13 2018