2009 September Alumni Perspectives Survey: Comprehensive Data Report

This report reflect information gathered during a September, 2009 longitudinal study of respondents to the Global Management Education Graduate survey of students nearing graduation relative to their first and/or current jobs.


The purpose of this study was to document job characteristics for both first jobs alumni held after graduation and their current jobs. In addition, the study tracked changes in responsibility, promotions and salaries. Respondents assessed the benefits of their graduate management education over time and reported on their educational needs.

The September 2009 survey included the newly graduated class of 2008 in addition to graduates from 200 through 2007 and reflects data, as well, from both Alumni Perspective Surveys conducted in 2008.
This report is organized into three sections geared to particular audiences─graduate business schools, graduate business school alumni, and employers.

Quick Facts

  • In a climate of economic weakness, survey employment statistics indicated that a graduate business education continues to be an investment that yields impressive returns.
  • Average earnings continued to outpace inflation and unemployment rates were lower than national and regional rates.
  • 94% of alumni were employed and the unemployment rates reported were lower than area-wide rates in the United States and the European Union.