ROI of MBA Programs

Considering the Return on Investment (ROI) for MBA programs weighs heavy on many. How can you calculate the efficiency of your investment in dollars and time?

According to a recent study of more than 12,000 graduate business alumni conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), business alumni grads enjoyed increased compensation, and a higher job level in their career. When asked, alumni consistently shared that their graduate business degree was a good investment no matter whether the economy was up or down. Alumni from more than 230 graduate business programs at 71 universities in 16 locations worldwide were surveyed, representing classes from 1959 -2014.

Below are two infographics that show findings of the survey.

The infographic titled, “Career Acceleration” highlights current job level of MBA alumni by graduation year, showing more than 60% of grads from 1980 to 2009 currently in senior to executive level positions.

The infographic titled “Purchasing Power of B-School Alumni” represents the median salary of MBA graduates globally, compared to the GDP of their country. According to this study, in the United States, MBA grads will have a salary double that of non-MBA grads, giving them double the purchasing power.

Purchasing Power of B-School Alumni

Source: GMAC

George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of world leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership preparing graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. In George Mason’s MBA Program, 80% of graduates are employed at graduation, while 68% received a raise after receiving their MBA. Learn more about Mason’s MBA careers.

Check out the blog posts “The ROI of a Traditional MBA Degree vs. an Online MBA Degree” or “Business Schools in VA Have Better ROI” for more information about the ROI of MBA programs.

MBA Career Acceleration

Source: GMAC

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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