Stanford GSB | Ms. Civil Servant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Military 2.0
GRE 310, GPA 2.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Navy Electronics
GRE 316, GPA 3.24
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Wharton | Ms. Future CEO
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Inclusive Consultant
GMAT 650, GPA 6.7
London Business School | Mr. Indian Electric Tech
GMAT 620, GPA 3.5
Marshall School of Business | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Jones Graduate School of Business | Mr. Late Bloomer
GRE 325, GPA 7.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. MS From MSU
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Healthcare Visionary
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare VC
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. S&P Global
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. British Tech 2+2
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
IESE | Mr. Future Brand Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Brazilian Black Engineer
GMAT 705, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Research 2+2
GMAT 740, GPA 3.96

The MBA Degree: Is It Really Worth It?

Reasons behind the strong positive assessment of the value of a graduate management education are multidimensional and span all aspects of alumni’s personal and work lives. Business school alumni report that their graduate management education was personally rewarding (94%), professionally rewarding (90%), and financially rewarding (77%), a finding consistent with previous results of GMAC alumni research.


As one survey respondent told GMAC, “Getting my MBA ranks near the top of my life-changing experiences, along with having kids, a house fire, and growing up in Africa.”

Alumni assessment of the value of their graduate management education remains high, no matter what their present employment status. Overall, 94% of alumni currently working for an employer rate the value of their graduate management education as good to outstanding, compared with 95 percent of self-employed alumni, and 83% of alumni seeking employment.

The ultimate test of satisfaction, perhaps, is whether an alum would recommend their school to others. Some 95% of alumni said they would recommend their graduate business program to others, and 96% are proud to have attended their graduate business program.

In fact, the higher the position that alumni have in an organization, the more likely they are to recommend and express pride in their program. This is another signal that the value of a graduate management education advances with time, the GMAC report says. Even still, among survey respondents, 87% of alumni in entry-level positions said they would recommend their program to others and 92% expressed pride in their alma mater.

As one alumnus told GMAC, “The friends I have from the program are lifelong friends and we have provided career guidance, life coaching, friendship across the miles for each other…We provide each other with networking opportunities and business opportunities as well as career counseling, even if I am in Asia, and they are in US, and work on non-profit groups together.”

That’s a pretty strong vote of confidence.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.