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05 Jul 2013, 06:24
I am looking at two universities for my MBA. Both are obviously AACSB accredited. I asked these two questions to both school. One university gave me specific answers and the other university stated that the AACSB disallowed such information to be given to students as they are not allowed to use it to sway a students decision to chose one university over another.

1) What was the average salary for an incoming MBA student to your program and what was their salary after obtaining their MBA from your university.?

2) What percent of students after completing their MBA from your university either got promoted or obtained a position at a different company?

Again, one university gave what the average salary of students coming into their MBA program was making and how much they earned after earning their MBA from that university. The other university stated they are not allowed to give that information out as an AACSB accredited school.

The second question; the first university stated 68% either got promoted or moved on to a different position during their MBA studies or after graduating. The same school that did not give out the salary information, also used the AACSB as an excuse for not supply this answer.

Is the AACSB a real excuse or is it just to hide from the fact that the graduates from the one university, that did not answer the questions, was not doing well with their MBA from that school and they were hiding behind the AACSB as a reason not disclose the truth that their graduates were not doing too well?
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06 Jul 2013, 12:37
EssaySnark is no expert in accreditation rules and policies, but it does sound fishy. All the bschools we've ever worked with report lots of graduate placement data including average salaries by industry and function; there's even a standard from the MBA Career Services Council industry group for how this data should be reported. The irony is that those standards were created in response to the fact that schools use post-MBA employment and salary data as a marketing tool - sort of the opposite to the reason you heard. So we're skeptical; sounds like it could be a smokescreen, as you suspect.

However: Not sure that this data is really all that useful. What will you learn about a school by knowing such averages? That certainly won't determine what your own experience would be in going through their program; it's dangerous to try and draw conclusions from the whole population down to a specific hypothetical individual case.

Of course, this interaction with the school may have told you all you need to know about them!!

You can't go on our response as to whether or not AACSB has these rules - but we just looked through all of their site and could find nothing on this.

Please report back if you find out more - and if you contact the school again would be curious what they say.

EssaySnark
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