ERIC Number: ED309659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
What Students Want from an MBA and What They Expect from Post-MBA Employment. First Results from the GMAC's New Matriculants Survey. GMAC Occasional Papers.
Stolzenberg, Ross M.; Giarrusso, Roseann
Basic information is presented on what students want from the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and what they expect from their post-MBA employment. It is based on the Graduate Management Admission Council's New Matriculants Survey which gathered data on 2,053 first-year students at 91 U.S. graduate schools of business and management in 1985. Four sections are as follows: what students want from an MBA (e.g., individual variations in reasons for pursuing the MBA, other programs considered, and desired curriculum); what students expect from post-MBA employment (e.g., importance of selected job facets by amount of employment experience and type of school, and sources of dissatisfaction with current or most recent job); expected post-MBA employment changes (e.g., planned changes of employer and/or position, employment status, and type of occupation wanted); and expectations about attaining post-MBA employment objectives (i.e. level of optimism about future employment and length of time students expect to spend looking for desired job). Results include the following: career entry/advancement is the most frequently cited reason students pursue the MBA degree; what students want from the MBA appears to not vary at all by sex or enrollment status; there are meaningful variations in student ratings of importance among students with differing amounts of full-time employment experience; and almost half of the respondents want to change both their employer and position upon completion of the MBA. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Management Admission Council, Princeton, NJ.