“The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum,” is one of the official 2013 themes for International Women’s Day that we celebrate this month, and it’s a fitting description for the growing numbers of women who are jump-starting their careers by going to graduate business school. An incredible 122,843 women sat for the GMAT exam last year for admission to business school—a new record number of women and the FOURTH year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark.
If you are a woman interested in management education, you’re in good company: A record-breaking 106,800 women took the GMAT exam in testing year 2011, making it the third year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark.
Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re reminded of the many ways that women are changing the face of graduate management education and bringing their unique talents and gifts to the workplace.
Women are increasingly choosing graduate management education as their preferred pathway to success. How do we know this? The numbers tell all.
More women than ever took the GMAT exam for graduate b-school in Testing Year 2010—a total of 105,900 exams—shattering the record set just two years prior. Of these, nearly half (46%) are younger than 25. All told, women now account for more than 40% of upcoming graduate management students. Women pursuing graduate management education are also finding their path made easier by b-schools actively recruiting and enrolling more women into their programs. [Hint: Create a get on the radar of these schools.]
Findings from the 2011 GMAC survey of b-school graduates give us a snapshot of the career goals and employment outlook for women in graduate business programs:
Between July 2009 and June 2010, 105,900 GMAT appointments belonged to women. That’s the second time that number has topped 100,000 in GMAT history.
More importantly, that’s 40% of today’s graduate management students and tomorrow’s business leaders