Standards for Working Professionals and Specialized Masters

Based on requests from our members, the MBA CSEA Standards Committee is working to develop and review the use of Standards for reporting employment statistics for two additional graduate management populations:

  • Working Professional MBAs (AKA Part-time MBAs)
  • Specialized Masters Programs (i.e. Masters in Accounting, Marketing, Management, Information Technology, etc.)
Below is an update on the progress of these initiatives. If you are an MBA CSEA member and are interested in learning more about or becoming involved with these initiatives, please contact our Standards Committee.

Standards for reporting employment statistics for working professional MBAs (WPMBA):

Actions taken to date:
  • Spring/Summer 2013 - Surveyed the members to obtain feedback on their career services and data tracking for WP MBA, and shared the results during a breakout session at the Global Conference. Members indicated via survey and during the session that they were interested in establishing standards.
  • June 2014 - A task force/subcommittee was created to draft standards. The group developed a pilot survey to capture relevant data that would ultimately be captured by standards. The survey was shared during a breakout session at the Global Conference, and members provided feedback to help frame the survey questions.
  • Spring 2015 – A modified survey was shared with the MBA CSEA Working Professionals Resource Group for feedback and modifications. MBA CSEA partnered with MBA Career Services for Working Professionals (MBA CSWP) colleagues to secure feedback as well. 
  • Summer 2015 – Pilot schools tested the survey with their Class of 2015 graduates. A webinar was hosted with members to discuss results from the pilot survey and capture additional feedback.
  • Fall 2016 - The subcommittee drafted an additional survey based on feedback received. MBA CSEA met with the MBA CSWP to provide feedback and capture additional feedback. A breakout session was held at the Global Conference to gather additional feedback. Additional revisions were made based on feedback. A working gropu was created to review, comment and discuss the draft standards. 
  • January 2017 - A draft of the standards was provided to the MBA CSEA Standards Committee for review, comment and discussion. A draft was given to the MBA CSEA Board of Directors for review and comments. 
  • March - May2017 - A draft of the standards was approved by the Standards Committee for member comment, and member comments were collected via an online survey. A small group reviewed the public comments received and made revisions based on feedback. 
  • June 2017 - A draft of the standards was approved by the Standards Committee to be voted on by the board. 

Standards for SpecialtyMasters Programs:

Historically, some member schools have used the Standards for Full-time programs to capture data for their Specialty Masters Programs. The Standards Commtitee discussed the implications of this and the need for a separate set of standards for masters programs. 

Actions taken to date:
  • June 2015 - A session was hosted at the Global Conference to explore the creation of standards for full-time, specialty maters programs and gather feedback.
  • March 2016 - A task force was convened to develop a draft of the standards. 
  • April 2016 - An extensive survey was conducted with the MBA CSEA membership to gather data on the variety of specialty masters programs offered and career services provided to those students. 
  • May 2016 - A draft set of standards was written, using the full-time MBA standards as a basis, and adjusting for insights gathered from members.
  • June 2016 - A session was held at the Global Conference to present the draft standards and solicit feedback. A working group was formed to test the standards and provide feedback.
  • October 2016 - A webinar was held with the working group to review the draft and make revisions.
  • December 2016 - Testing was completed by the working group.
  • January - March 2017 - The draft was revised based on feedback from the working group, the Standards Committee and the Board of Directors. 
  • April 2017 - A draft of the standards was approved by the Standards Committee for member comment. Member comments were collected via an online survey. The task force reviewed feedback from the comments and made additional revisions.
  • June 2017 - A draft of the standards was approved by the Standards Committee to be voted on by the board.