More Women Getting MBAs But….

Nearly Half of All Women Promoted After B-school

Nearly half of all women alumni from the graduating classes of 2000 to 2010 (49%) had received a promotion with their current employer.

Source: GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey, 2010

Extremely Satisfied With Career Progression

More than half of b-school alumnae from the graduating classes of 2000 to 2010 were extremely or very satisfied with their career progression after graduation (51%).

Source: GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey, 2010

96% Women Recommend B-School

The vast majority of women surveyed from the graduating classes of 2000 to 2010 would “recommended graduate business school to someone else.” This is equivalent to the 96% of men that would do the same, and similar to the 96% women/95% men who would recommend the specific type of program they attended.

Source: GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey, 2010

Success in Job Attainment by Industry

Of B-school graduates seeking employment within each industry, the percentage of men and women with at least one job offer before graduation appears in the table below. Women appear to have experienced greater success than men in receiving job offers from the Technology sector, and parity with men in the Nonprofit/Government sectors.

Source: GMAC Global Management Education Graduate Survey, 2010

Female Motivations for Pursuing B-School

Among prospective B-school student motivations, a greater percentage of women than men indicated their intentions to pursue graduate management education were for professional credentials (51% women versus 43% men), personal satisfaction/achievement (58% women versus 51% men), and to remain marketable/competitive (50% women versus 43% men).

Source: GMAC Perspective Students Survey Report, 2011

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.