Stanford GSB | Mr. Filipino Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Consumer Goods Senior Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 8.27/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Evolving Teacher
GRE 328, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. Indian I-Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 8.63
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech-y Athlete
GRE , GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Financial Poet
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Ms. EV Evangelist
GRE 334, GPA 2.67
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian Engineer + MBA Now In Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 8.7 / 10
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indonesian Salesperson
GMAT 660, GPA 3.49
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Tech For Non-Profits
GRE 312, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Combat Pilot Non-Profit Leader
GRE 329, GPA 3.73
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Actual Poet
GMAT 720, GPA 12.0/14
MIT Sloan | Mr. Indian Healthcare Analytics
GMAT 720, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Administration & Policy Latino Advocate
GRE 324, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Asian Mexican Finance Hombre
GMAT 650, GPA 2.967
Columbia | Mr. Fintech Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Tuck | Mr. Opportunities In MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Harvard | Mr. Strategy For Social Good
GRE 325, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
NYU Stern | Ms. Hopeful NYU Stern Marketing Ph.D.
GRE 297, GPA 2.8

Most & Least Popular MBA Specializations

Elad Shoushan

Elad Shoushan

ENTREPRENEURSHIP GAINING TRACTION AMONG BOTH GENDERS

That’s key, as gender, particularly among women, can play a key role in networking and mentorship. Such support translates into opportunities and jobs. Not to mention, their specialization choices often dictate their earnings. Take marketing and accounting, the top two choices for women in the Ready4 survey, which takes up nearly 28.5% of their sample. According to 2016 data from PayScale on the highest-paying MBA concentrations, marketers make $123,000 in median pay by mid-career (15 years or more after graduation). Accounting MBAs earn even less at $115,000 (and that’s only with a combined finance background).

Compare that to MBA finance, which attracts nearly 23.5% of men. They are earning $138,000 by mid-career, $15,000 more than marketers and $23,000 higher than accountants. In other words, men hold an earnings advantage based on what they study. That’s particularly true with human resources and healthcare administration, two popular avenues for women, ranking among the lowest paid MBA concentrations, according to PayScale.

As expected, the most popular concentrations overall skew towards male preferences, mostly because men account for nearly two-thirds of the survey respondents. Nearly 1-in-5 America GMAT test-takers at Ready4 selected finance as their top choice for a concentration. However, these prospective students bring a wide range of interests to campus, with only finance breaking double digits. Accounting (9.73%) and marketing (9.22%) rounded out the top three preferences, followed by general management (8.12%), entrepreneurship (7.44%), and consulting (5.39%).

Entrepreneurship sticks out here. However, its inclusion among the top five concentrations for potential incoming MBA students was hardly a surprise for Shoushan, who followed the entrepreneurship and innovation track at Sloan and had founded Ready4 nearly eight months before starting his MBA. “The benefit of concentrating in entrepreneurship while in business school is the opportunity to take risks and fail in a relatively safe environment. Some of the best programs, such as the MBA experience at MIT Sloan, base the curricula on the actual launch of a business rather than simply the theoretical discussion of the topic.”

Source: Ready4GMAT report on MBA specializations

Source: Ready4GMAT report on MBA specializations

DON’T MISS: HOW APPLICANTS PICK TARGET SCHOOLS OR THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR MBA PROGRAMS

Page 2 of 2