Many Graduate Business School Alumni Plan to Continue Their Education

More than 1 in 3 MBA alumni (36%) report plans to complete a certification program in the future.

Jun 13, 2017

Prospective Students

Prospective business school students

More than half of graduate business school alumni (52%) plan to continue their education in some capacity, according to the findings of the 2017 GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey. Overall, the most popular ways that alumni plan to pursue such goals is by participating in certification programs (27%) and individual courses (21%). About 1 in 10 alumni report plans to compete another degree program (12%), though this varies based on the type of graduate business program alumni graduated from.

Alumni who hold a business master’s degree are twice as likely as MBA alumni to pursue another degree program (22% vs. 11%). This may likely be the case since these alumni tend to be younger on average, than individuals holding an MBA degree, and seek to broaden their business skill sets beyond what they developed in their master’s program. Overall, graduate business school alumni younger than age 25 are nearly twice as likely to have plans to complete another business degree program than alumni aged 31 and older.

Continuing education 

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