B-School Chart of the Week: How Do MBA Alumni Rate Their Education?

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“Business school alumni rise fast in the workplace and have high levels of job satisfaction,” reports the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

That conclusion derives from a summary report of the council’s “2015 Alumni Perspectives Survey,” released earlier this month, which includes data culled from more than 12,000 business school alumni from the classes of 1959 through 2014 and representing more than 230 programs around the world. This is perhaps the most comprehensive account of life after business school available.

In addition to showing industry and job function data for this hugely diverse swath of alumni, the findings of the report detail graduate satisfaction, entrepreneurial behavior, and career outcomes, highlighting which aspects of the educational experience alumni have valued most in their professional pursuits.

Although much has changed over the past half century of management education, a clear consensus emerges from GMAC’s survey: business school graduates, by and large, seem generally satisfied with the contribution their degree has made in advancing their career.

In this week’s chart, we offer a snapshot of how the full-time, two-year MBA alumni GMAC surveyed said they would rate their business school experience.


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