Employment Data & Standards

A critical task of most graduate business career management offices is the collection and analysis of employment data. The information is used by a wide range of stakeholders, from prospective students to recruiters. The purpose of the Standards is to provide business schools with a way to capture, analyze and distribute employment information in a transparent, consistent and comparable way to all internal and external stakeholders. 

When CSEA was founded in 1994, MBA career services professionals expressed their frustration and dissatisfaction with the lack of agreed upon reporting standards to assist in capturing and presenting this data in a consistent and comparable way. Reports were being generated primarily as marketing devices and did not reflect an accurate representation of graduates' performance in the job market. For this reason, in 1996 the Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics were created. The Standards are reviewed on a regular basis to adjust for market-based changes, and they remain the only peer-reviewed, globally accepted method for capturing and reporting MBA and Masters in business employment data.

Standards for Reporting Employment Statistics

Why follow the Standards?
  • Protect Your School - ensure MBA/Masters employment reports are consistent and comparable with schools on a global scale
  • 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 MBA/Masters employment data
More information, and links to the Standards.

If you would like to learn more about using the Standards or have questions about improving your data collection processes, please contact our Standards Consultant.