Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
GRE 319, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99

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.