2021 Enrolled Student Survey Report

November 2021


In May and June 2021, GMAC invited schools to participate in a survey designed to learn more about the value perceptions, academic experiences, and employment outcomes of students studying and graduating during the pandemic. More than a thousand students from almost 60 business schools in 30 countries around the world told us about their experiences in their programs, their job searches, career objectives, and more. Read the full report to explore the insights gleaned across geographies, genders, and graduation years. 

Quick Facts

  • Nearly 9 in 10 respondents would recommend their school to someone who had decided to pursue a graduate business degree.

  • Most survey respondents feel confident in their employability in the face of the many challenges imposed by the global coronavirus pandemic. Male respondent ratings of confidence in their employability lead 6 percentage points higher than female respondents.

  • Despite the growing price tag of graduate business education, 80 percent of enrolled students responding agree that the overall value of a business degree is worth the cost; however, students graduating in 2022 have slightly less agreement with GME being a positive investment.

  • While students enrolled at US business schools indicate their graduate business education has increased their employability, those in European schools highlight the school’s ability to prepare them for working in culturally diverse organizations.

  • When asked to evaluate their program experience during the pandemic, faculty, the admissions process, and curriculum received the highest marks from those graduating in 2021.  

  • Read the related blog on the "Role of Graduate Management Education in Preparing Future Leaders: Perspectives of Enrolled Students"