Application Trends Survey Questionnaire

Frequently Asked Questions About the Application Trends Survey Questionnaire

This site has answers to common questions we receive from survey participants about filling out the survey questionnaire and submitting data for your graduate business programs for the Application Trends Survey. This survey collects data on application volume, changes in application volume, applicant citizenship, work experience, test usage, candidate quality and more. Participating programs receive an interactive benchmark report.

If you have a question that doesn't appear in our FAQ list, or if you need more information in general about how to participate in the survey, or are experiencing problems, please email us at

For how many graduate business programs can I enter data?

You can report application trends data for as many of your graduate-level business programs as you wish. You will receive a separate benchmark report for each program that you submit.

For what types of programs can I enter data? 

You can enter data for any graduate-level business program, including, but not limited to:

  • MBA programs (all formats, including full-time 2-year, full-time 1-year, part-time, flexible, executive, or online);
  • Other business master’s programs, such as Master in Management, Master of Finance, Master of Accounting, Master in Data Analytics, Master in Supply Chain Management, Master in Marketing, etc.;
  • PhD-level business programs; and
  • PGP programs

Can I save partial responses and come back at a later time to complete the survey questionnaire? 

Yes. You can use the same link to return to your responses until you submit the data. Once the data has been submitted, no changes can be made (see below).

I realized I made an error when I entered my information. Can I go back and correct it?

No, unfortunately the survey program does not allow you to return to the survey questionnaire once your answers have been submitted. You will need to contact the GMAC Research Department at and report the error. They will be able to update the information for you. When you email them, be sure to include your university name, the name of your program, and if possible, the Record #. (You can locate the Record # by clicking on the survey URL. It will be listed along with the programs that have been entered.)


Does my browser need to have JavaScript enabled?

Yes, for the questions to appear properly, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser.


The program type I want to submit data for in the survey is not listed in the drop-down menu of available programs. What does this list represent?

The list of programs on the first page of the survey represents each of the programs for which your university has a GMAT score-sending ID. It is possible that you may have one GMAT ID that is used for multiple programs, or that you are missing a GMAT ID for one or more of your programs.

I can’t find one of our programs in the GMAT drop-down menu. Can I still submit data for it?

Yes, to enter data for your program if it is not included in the drop-down menu, click ‘New Program’ and type in the program details on the next page.

There are multiple programs associated with one of our GMAT ID codes. What do I do?

You can enter data for each of the programs separately: 

  • From the first screen, select the GMAT code that corresponds to the program. On the next screen, use the ‘Program Name’ and ‘Program Type’ fields to distinguish among your different full-time MBA programs. If you need more room to explain the differences, please do so in the ‘Other Program Information’ field.
  • Or, click ‘New Program.’

The drop-down menu has GMAT codes that are not ours. How do we handle these?

There are several ways to address this situation:

  • Is the GMAT code associated with a program within your university? If so, you may forward your survey invitation email to the correct person at your university who is affiliated with that program and encourage them to complete the survey. He or she will use the same survey URL that was sent to you.
  • Is the GMAT code associated with a program at another university? If so, please contact the GMAC Research Department at so that we can correct our records. 
  • Is the GMAT code associated with a program that no longer exists? If so, please contact the GMAC Research Department at and we will update our records.

How can I review data for a program I have already entered?

After you submit data for a program you should receive an email at the email address you provided with the program data you provided. Please make sure to check your spam folder if you do not see this email in your inbox..

After I submit an entry, will I receive an email confirming that it has been received?

Yes, after you submit data for a program you should receive an email at the email address you provided with the program data you provided.
Please make sure to check your spam folder if you do not see this email in your inbox.

Will my responses remain confidential?

Yes, the information you provide will be kept confidential. Survey results are reported only in the aggregate, such that no individual response is reported. GMAC has minimum acceptable respondent size reporting requirements to protect confidentiality. Your school’s responses cannot be identified by another school. GMAC’s complete Survey Privacy and Confidentiality statement can be found here.