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GMAC Research Chart of the Month: GME Alumni Continuing Education Plans

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Posted on Dec 12, 2018 11:01:00 AM

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Alumni consider multiple forms of lifelong learning to stay up-to-date in a rapidly changing business landscape.

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More than ever, career success depends on lifelong learning, and business school alumni understand that their education cannot end the day they receive their business master’s or MBA degree. This is the focus of the December Chart of the Month, which displays the percentage of GME alumni considering specific forms of continuing education. Overall, nearly half of alumni indicate that they plan to pursue professional certifications or take part in corporate training programs. About a third plan to take a massive open online course (MOOC).

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Notably, about 1 in 5 business school graduates (18%) are considering earning an additional GME degree as a means of updating, advancing, or expanding their knowledge, skills, and abilities. For more on this finding specifically, including trends by alumni type and the program types they are considering, read our latest research brief.

This data comes from a GMAC survey of 5,391 individuals who had previously completed the Prospective Students Survey in the last ten years. Administered in the first half of 2018, the survey was designed to understand GME candidates’ educational journey, including their progression through the GME pipeline and how they are furthering their learning after business school.

For more on business school alumni, access the series of three topical reports based on the findings of the 2018 Alumni Perspectives Survey available at

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