Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Investment Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Military 2.0
GRE 310, GPA 2.3
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Consulting Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Hopeful CXO
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Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
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Yale | Mr. Fencer
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INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
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Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Tuck | Mr. South African FinTech
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London Business School | Mr. Green Energy
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
IU Kelley | Ms. Marketing Manager
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Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Nonprofit Admin
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Metamorphosis
GRE 324, GPA 3.15
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
IMD | Mr. Future Large Corp
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Government Consultant
GMAT 600, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare VC
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Yale | Ms. Social Impact
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Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
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Most Popular Specialized Master’s Degrees In Business

While full-time MBA programs have witnessed declining applications and enrollment in recent years, business schools have seen an explosion in the number of shorter specialized master’s degrees in different business fields.

A new study of programs by the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) finds that the most popular specialized offerings are the old standbys: accounting, finance, management, and marketing, in that order. Nearly 71% of the reporting schools that offer a specialized master’s degree offer one in accounting; almost half offer a specialized master’s in finance. Nearly 30% of the business schools offer a graduate degree in management, while 28% offer one in marketing.

Given the growth in specialized master’s degrees, most schools now have an expanding portfolio of such programs. At Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, for example, the offerings range from a $52,980 Master of Management Studies to  $25,740 Master of Interdisciplinary Data Science, the equivalent of a degree in data analytics.

FEWER THAN 10% OF BUSINESS SCHOOLS OFFER A DEGREE IN DATA ANALYTICS

While data analytics may be one of the fastest growing fields, little more than 9% offer a specialized master’s degree in data analytics. In fact, the survey finds that data analytics ranked 13th most popular, behind even supply chain logistics and taxation (see table below).

Yet, an earlier survey of corporate recruiters by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) found that about half of responding companies (52%) plan to hire Master of Data Analytics grads in 2018, compared with 35% that hired them in 2017. The survey found that hiring demand for data analytics grads is strongest among Asia-Pacific employers, among whom 62% plan to hire in 2018. About half of employers in Europe (50%) and Latin America (47%) plan to make similar hires (see Demand For Data Analytics Grads Soar).

The 2017-2018 report, the result of a survey to AACSB members opened in March of 2018, is based on 820 school responses 60 different countries and territories. Some 503 U.S. business schools responded, while 163 schools in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa were included, along with 102 in the Asia Pacific region. The survey, called the Business School Questionnaire, is the AACSB’s most comprehensive report.

DON’T MISS: P&Q’S SPECIALIZED MASTER’S NEWS & FEATURES or P&Q’S SPECIALIZED MASTER’S DIRECTORY

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.