Women not far from the 50-50 mark in applicants for top MBA Programs
The number of women applying for full-time MBA programs is on the increase from the year 2011. A new research done by Forte Foundation reveals that the average enrolment of women in full-time MBA programs has jumped from 32% to 36% in the 36 top MBA schools that are associated to the non-profit foundation.
In colleges including some of the ivy league colleges like Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University— women make up about 40% of the student force.
This is not the only case where women are reaching the equality mark, in getting degrees after the program gets over,
women are outpacing men in the total number graduates
“It is important to recognize the progress. I think we’re definitely looking at something that could be better,” Virginia Ware Myers, executive director of The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), a non-profit women’s business association says to Fortune.
Since 2000, women are earning more degrees than men, according to a report by National Centre for Education Statistics. “In 2014 the percentage of females (37 percent) attaining this level of education was 6 points higher than the percentage of males doing so (31 percent),” according to NCES.
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) report says that the pool of women enrolling for MBA programs have surely increased in 2015 from 2011. The most number of women have chosen among three programs- Master in Marketing and Communications (62%), Master of Accounting (57%) and Master in Management (55%).
However, we must not make the mistake of thinking that the growth percentage is increasing at the pace it should be because it isn’t. Though more and more women are getting education, but the growth is still slower compared to men. We need to still be constantly strive to make the level of growth grow further.
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