Data Viz: Is an MBA Worth the Investment?


Data Viz: Is an MBA Worth the Investment?

by Russ Lyman

“Is an MBA worth the investment? The answer to this question is the standard MBA answer: It depends.

The worth of an MBA depends on a variety of factors. Perhaps the most important of these is return on investment (ROI), which can vary greatly between MBA programs. Other key factors include a program’s ranking and how difficult it is to gain admission.

Prospective MBA students have a wealth of resources to help them make an informed decision about which program is right for them. Wikipedia tracks nine MBA program rankings for each major business school. “Business Week” publishes information about admissions and job prospects in addition to its rankings. Additional information can also be found on the website of each program. There is plenty of information out there, the problem is that it’s all in different places. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of this existed in one place? Now it does.

Visualizing MBA Programs in Tableau

The interactive visualization below provides a consolidated overview of the key metrics and rankings that individuals can use to make a comparison of MBA programs. The visualization pulls in data from a variety of sources, providing the user with a way to view additional details about each MBA program and compare them against each other. By selecting a university, you can view its rankings, admissions, cost and placement details. You can also view what each program’s ROI would be after a set number of years and view how that ranks in comparison to other business schools.

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Russ Lyman

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