Improving Communication and Leadership Skills: The Impact of Extracurricular Activities on MBA Students


Research has documented that by participating in extracurricular activities, students learn life skills that benefit both their academic and professional careers. If these findings generalize to the graduate level, and specifically to those who are pursuing an MBA degree, such research has significant implications for the structure and sequence of graduate management education programs. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the skill improvement of MBA students differs based on their participation in extracurricular activities. Chi-square and regression analysis of eight specific management-related skills and abilities revealed a significant difference in the level of skill improvement reported by students who took part in extracurricular activities compared with students who did not.