The Graduate Management Admission Council said yesterday (Sept. 29) that the number of women applicants in 2014 fell slightly for full-time, two-year MBA programs. The proportion of women in the applicant pool dropped to 37% this year vs. 39% in 2013.
Wharton recently reported a slight fall in the percentage of women enrolled in its full-time MBA Class of 2016. The school had set a record in 2011 among the world’s elite business schools for having the highest percentage of females in an entering MBA class: 44.7%. This year, however, the percentage fell to 40%, from 42% a year ago. Harvard Business School maintained its 41% level of representation in its just-entered class of MBAs.
Graduate business schools that participated in GMAC’s just published Application Trends Survey received a combined total of 106,877 applications from women, which represents 38% of the 2014–2015 applicant pool and is consistent with proportions seen in recent years, according to GMAC.
Although women represent 43% of all GMAT exams taken worldwide, the proportion of women applying to graduate business school in this year’s incoming cycle varies significantly by program type. GMAC said that women make up a majority of students in master’s programs in marketing and communications (65%), accounting (62%), and management (54%). In master’s of accounting programs, there was a year-over-year increase of three full percentage points from 59% in 2013.
GMAC said that women also represent 40% or more of the applicants in part-time lockstep MBA programs (41%), part-time self-paced MBA programs (40%), flexible MBA programs (43%), and master of finance programs (46%).
GMAC said that testing year 2013 marked the fifth year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark in the number of GMAT exams taken.
WOMEN IN THE GRADUATE MANAGEMENT EDUCATION APPLICANT POOL