Doubling Down: Repeat Degree Seeking Among GME Graduates

This research brief examines survey responses from graduate management education alumni on their plans for furthering their education after business school.

November 2018


More than ever, career success depends on lifelong learning, and even as new options for continuing education proliferate—including online courses, boot camps, and certificate programs—about 1 in 5 business school graduates (18%) are considering earning an additional graduate management education (GME) degree as a means of updating, advancing, or expanding their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Quick Facts

  • Among GME graduates responding to the survey, those that earned a Master in Management or Global Management were the most likely to be considering or currently enrolled in an additional GME program. A third are considering a new GME degree (33%), and an additional five percent are currently enrolled. MBA graduates are the least likely to be considering an additional GME degree (14%).
  • The survey findings also show differences in the types of programs GME graduates are considering by which degree they already have.
  • Findings discussed in the brief come from a GMAC survey of 5,391 individuals who had previously completed the Prospective Students Survey in the last ten years.