2018–19 Survey on Graduate Employment Trends Opens

2018–19 Survey on Graduate Employment Trends Opens

The BSQ Employment Module features data on the number of graduates seeking employment, first-time job offers, starting salaries, signing bonuses, and more.

As a part of our commitment to being the primary source for data and analysis on business education globally, AACSB is pleased to announce that the Business School Questionnaire (BSQ) Employment Module is now open for participation.

The BSQ Employment Module is part of a collaborative effort between AACSB and MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA) and is focused on identifying trends in graduate employment. Both AACSB and MBA CSEA offer a unique section of the module: the AACSB section solicits data regarding programs at all levels, while the MBA CSEA section requests data focused specifically on full-time MBA programs. This version of the module focuses on the employment of students who graduated between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

About the Data

The module features data regarding, among other items, the number of graduates seeking employment, first-time job offers, starting salaries, and signing bonuses. The following are some highlights from the 2017–18 BSQ Employment Module results, which features data on students who graduated between July 2016 and June 2017:

  • Seventy-five percent of students who graduated with an undergraduate degree and reported they were seeking employment were hired with a median starting salary of 52,000 USD within three months of graduation.
  • Fifty-nine percent of students who graduated with a master’s generalist degree and reported they were seeking employment were hired with a median starting salary of 90,000 USD within three months of graduation.
  • Sixty-five percent of MBA graduates indicated they were seeking employment, and about 26 percent indicated they were already employed and would remain with their current employer. The median starting salary for MBA graduates who were seeking employment was 110,000 USD.
  • Less than 5 percent of EMBA graduates indicated they were seeking employment, and almost 93 percent indicated they were already employed and would remain with their current employer. The median starting salary for EMBA graduates was 91,000 USD.
  • Seventy-eight percent of students who graduated with a degree from a master’s specialist program indicated they were seeking employment. Their median starting salary was 56,500 USD.
  • Close to 83 percent of students who graduated with a degree from a doctoral program indicated they were seeking employment. Their median starting salary was 120,000 USD.

Who Participates in the Data Submission

For the 2017–18 survey, 231 schools contributed to the AACSB sections, 150 to the MBA CSEA sections, and, of these, 118 contributed to both. About 86 percent of the schools that submitted data to the AACSB sections and to the MBA CSEA sections were from the United States. Overall, there 16 countries were represented in the MBA CSEA sections and 21 countries in the AACSB sections, providing information for close to 104,000 undergraduates and more than 55,000 graduate students globally.

How the Data Are Collected

The module is scheduled to close on December 14, 2018. Members with access to complete the BSQ Employment Module will receive an email with instructions for getting started. If you were not sent these instructions but believe you should have been, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to your school’s participation in this year’s BSQ Employment Module!