Given their business knowledge and experiments, those pursuing a graduate business degree have hopefully considered the investment value of such a pursuit. Changes in the job market, degree inflation, and increased business specialization have all increased demand for qualifications beyond an undergraduate degree. Studies show that a Bachelor’s degree alone will no longer cut it. Companies are hiring more people with Master's degrees. Meanwhile, the number of Bachelor's degree holders hired has either remained stagnant or decreased depending on company size.
A recent analysis by Forbes suggested that Indiana University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Yale are worth considering for those concerned about the debt they will accrue through their studies. The study suggested that it would take a period of 3.7, 3.8, and 3.9 years respectively to pay back the tuition debt from the MBA programs at these schools; the lowest figures in the top 20. In business terms, after such a point, the investment would simply turn a profit – withholding any existential life goal changes.
Though a Master's in business may open doors, it is better seen as an enticing plate of cookies than a key. After all, one must prove they deserve to stay in the house instead of being a temporary visitor. According to a 2014 survey, proven ability to perform, communication skills, and technical skills were far more important than a business school’s reputation. Some recent graduates manage to land a job directly out of school, most likely owing to previous experience. This however is not the case for all graduates. Many should still expect to fill entry- and mid-level positions upon graduation.