Standards for Reporting Employment Statistics

Owned and copyrighted by MBA CSEA, the Standards ensure peer schools, prospective students and the media have accurate and comparable employment information from graduate business schools. They provide a platform by which business schools can capture, analyze and distribute employment information about graduating students, allowing schools to present consistent and comparable data to internal and external stakeholders.
Standards

Why follow the Standards?

  • Protect Your School – ensure employment reports are consistent and comparable globally
  • Inform Your Market – provide easy-to-use, accurate information to prospective students, employers and the media
  • Bolster Your Reputation – externally validate that your data complies with the only global, peer-reviewed standards for collecting and analyzing employment data
     
The Evolution of the Standards In 1994, the year MBA CSEA was founded, MBA career services professionals from around the United States met and expressed their frustration and dissatisfaction with the lack of agreed upon and accepted reporting standards for MBA employment data. They expressed the perception that (a) many MBA employment reports were generated primarily as marketing devices to attract students and employers and to attain media-generated rankings, (b) employment reports did not reflect an accurate representation of graduates’ performance in the job market, (c) salary statistics were inflated by inclusion and/or exclusion of certain populations, and (d) prospective students and employers had no valid way of comparing schools one to another.  To address these concerns, the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (formerly MBA Career Services Council) developed the original Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics© in 1999.

Since the development of the Standards, it has continued to be a priority for the Board of Directors to address the need to improve the reliability, usefulness, accuracy, global accuracy and comparability of reported MBA employment data.

The growth of Specialty Master's and Part-time MBA programs indicated a need for separate sets of standards in order to meet the unique needs of those populations. In 2017, the Standards for Reporting Part-time (Excluding Executive) MBA Employment Profile© and Standards for Reporting Specialty Masters Program Statistics© were created, to be implemented beginning with the class of 2019.

Read more about the history of the Standards.

Questions? For questions about the Standards, please contact our Standards Committees:
 

 

“The roots of our organization grew from a common desire to standardize how MBA programs tracked and reported employment data.  Twenty years later, the MBA CSEA has evolved into a dynamic and diverse professional organization, while keeping focused on the core values of our founders through the Standards for Reporting Employment Data”.

-Steve Rakas, Executive Director, Career Opportunities Center
Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon