More Women Getting MBAs But….

On Average, Women Submit 2.5 Applications to Two-Year, Full-Time MBA

In 2010, prospective female B-school students reported submitting an average of 2.5 applications to two-year full-time MBA programs; this was slightly below the corresponding average submitted by men (3.0).

Source: GMAC mba.com Perspective Students Survey Interactive Data Report, 2011

Special Outreach to Recruit Women

Program types reporting special outreach to women included full-time MBA (54%), executive MBA (EMBA) (45%), part-time MBA (42%), and specialized master’s programs (19%).

Source: GMAC Application Trends Survey, Admissions Management Data Supplement 2010

54% Full-time MBA Programs Looking for Women

More than half of the full-time MBA programs surveyed in 2010 reported special recruitment efforts to increase the proportion of women among applicants (54%), the highest among MBA program types.

Source: GMAC Application Trends Survey, Admissions Management Data Supplement 2010

Female Quants (Interest in Quantitative and Specialized Degrees)

Accounting/MAcc Demand

Of all graduate management programs, Master’s of Accounting programs reported the greatest percentage of female applicants (57%).

Source: GMAC Application Trends Survey, 2010

Female Accounting Undergrads

Women accounted for 15,114, or 51% of the 29,465 GMAT exams taken by those with undergraduate accounting degrees in TY 2010, compared with 14,351 tests taken by men. The 7.9% increase from TY 2009 of women with accounting backgrounds in the GMAT examinee pipeline represented the second largest growth (after finance) by undergraduate major.

Source: GMAC Profile of Graduate Management Admission Test Candidates (interactive edition), 2006-2010

Female Finance Undergrads

Women accounted for 10,242, or 36% of the 28,299 GMAT exams taken by those with undergraduate accounting degrees in TY 2010, compared with 18,057 tests taken by men. The 9.1% increase from TY 2009 of women with finance backgrounds in the GMAT examinee pipeline represented the largest growth by undergraduate major.

Source: GMAC Profile of Graduate Management Admission Test Candidates (interactive edition), 2006-2010