Business Studies Case study Assignment on MBA Starting salaries

Every year, MBA programs across the country advertise for prospective students, promoting the academic excellence of their programs, the uniqueness of their offerings, the quality of their faculty, and a variety of other factors. In a competitive market, the goal is to attract the brightest and the best.

Many schools claim that graduates of their programs will earn large salaries upon graduation, a point that clearly ranks high on the list of many students’ decision-making criteria. In fact, the Financial Times rating of MBA programs uses graduates’ salaries as a large component of its rating system.

Marie Daer, an aspiring MBA applicant, was very interested in the starting salaries of graduating students. Surprisingly, she was able to track down a dataset from a prominent – but anonymous – MBA school.

Daer was able to learn the following about the data. Three months after graduation, the students in the class of 2012 were sent a survey. The survey asked about their satisfaction with the MBA program as well as their starting salary. The survey was not anonymous, and the responses of these students were added to the information already on file about them. These data included the graduates’ age, sex, years of work experience, GMAT information, fall, and spring MBA average, quartile ranking, and their native language.

Daer was pleased to have located the data. She wondered whether it could answer some important questions that would help her decide whether to enroll in the MBA program at this particular school. In particular, she wondered about starting salaries, whether gender and/or age made a difference, and whether students liked this particular program. She also wondered whether her GMAT score made a difference in marks. Since her native language was not English, Daer had a relatively low GMAT.

This document is authorized for use only by Lauren Gaskins in Applied Business Statistics taught by BETUL LUS, Empire State College from May 2020 to Jul 2020.

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For the exclusive use of L. Gaskins, 2020.

Appendix 1
Description of MBA_SALARIES.SAV

This data set contains the reported starting salaries of MBA’s graduating in 2012. It also contains their GMAT scores and some information about how they did in the MBA program.


sex gmat_tot gmat_qpc gmat_vpc qmat_tpc s_avg f_avg quarter work_yrs frstlang salary satis


age – in years
1=Male; 2=Female
total GMAT score
quantitative GMAT percentile
verbal GMAT percentile
overall GMAT percentile
spring MBA average
fall MBA average
quartile ranking (1st is top, 4th is bottom)
years of work experience
first language (1=English; 2=other)
starting salary
degree of satisfaction with MBA program (1= low, 7 = high satisfaction)

Missing salary and data are coded as follows:

998 = did not answer the survey
999 = answered the survey but did not disclose salary data

Size of data set: 274 records