Women Make Fewer MBA Spots Than Men, and COVID Isn’t Helping

According to Businessweek, Bentley University is one of the top MBA programs in the United States, with a high proportion of female and nonbinary students. Women make up 50% of Bentley’s part-time MBA program and 49 percent of its full-time MBA program, more than 10% above the national average.

The MBA degree isn’t any exception to the general trend. Women now account for more than half of all college students, and they fill almost six out of every ten seats in U.S. master’s degree programs, yet the number of aspiring female CEOs continues to lag in MBA programs that are frequently the quickest route to the corner office.

Women secured less than 40% of MBA places at the 84 leading U.S. schools included in the study, and they were even or better at just five schools, according to the inaugural Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools Diversity Index. Women made up one-third or less of the class in 27 out of 84 institutions.

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Data sources: MBA School Websites, IPEDS, National Center of Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (ERIC), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). US News, The Econominst, Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, Financial Times.

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