Women’s Share of MBAs Earned in the U.S. and Canada
- In the United States in 2011-2012, women earned 35.9% of MBAs, which is slightly lower than in 2010-2011, when women earned 36.8% of MBAs.1
- In Canada in 2011-2012, women earned 39.0% of MBAs, which is higher than in 2010-2011, when women earned 34.5% of MBAs.2
- Women made up 35.5% of the full-time 2010-2011 class entering the top 10 MBA programs in the U.S.3
- The number of women in top MBA programs is changing at a very slow pace.4
|Top 10 U.S. MBA Programs - 20115||% Women Enrolled, (2010-2011 Class)|
|University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) (PA)||28%|
|Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)||31%|
|Harvard University (MA)||32%|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) (MA)||27%|
|Duke University (Fuqua) (NC)||41%|
|University of Michigan (Ross) (MI)||27%|
|Columbia University (NY)||37%|
|Cornell University (Johnson) (NY)||27%|
|University of Virginia (Darden) (VA)||30%|
|University of Chicago (Booth) (IL)||26%|
|Top 10 U.S. MBA Programs – 20016||% Women Enrolled, (2000-2001 Class)|
|Queens University Canada||17%|
|IE Business School Spain||33%|
|London Business School UK||31%|
|University of Western Ontario (Ivey) Canada||32%|
|University of Toronto (Rotman) Canada||29%|
|York University (Schulich) Canada||35%|
|University of Cambridge (Judge) UK||29%|
|Top 10 Non-U.S. MBA Programs - 20117||% Women Enrolled, (2010-2011 Class)|
|IE Business School||Spain||33%|
|London Business School||UK||31%|
|University of Western Ontario (Ivey)||Canada||32%|
|University of Toronto (Rotman)||Canada||29%|
|York University (Schulich)||Canada||35%8|
|University of Cambridge (Judge)||UK||29%|
- A 2010 Catalyst survey9 of global MBA graduates found that women lag behind men in job level and salary starting from their first position and do not catch up.
- The survey also found that women make on average $4,600 less in their initial jobs, even after accounting for experience, time since MBA, industry, and region.
- Another Catalyst survey10 of MBA alumni who graduated between 1996 and 2007 found that:
- 31% of women received promotions, compared to 36% of men.
- Women senior leaders were more than three times (19% for women vs. 6% for men) as likely to have lost their jobs due to downsizing or closure.
* Data for Canada was not available for 2003-2004.
How to cite this product: Catalyst. Catalyst Quick Take: Women MBAs. New York: Catalyst, 2012.
- 1. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, unpublished statistics (2012).
- 2. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, unpublished statistics (2012).
- 3. “Business School Rankings and Profiles: Full-Time MBA,” Businessweek (2011).
- 4. "Business School Rankings & Profiles," Businessweek (2001).
- 5. “Business School Rankings and Profiles: Full-Time MBA,” Businessweek (2011).
- 6. “Business School Rankings and Profiles: Top Ranked Non-U.S.,” Businessweek (2011).
- 7. "Business School Rankings and Profiles: Top Ranked Non-U.S.," Businessweek (2011).
- 8. Schulich School of Business York University, "Taking the Lead: Chulich in Global and National Rankings" (2011).
- 9. Nancy M. Carter and Christine Silva, Pipeline's Broken Promise (Catalyst, 2010).
- 10. Nancy M. Carter, Ph.D., and Christine Silva, Opportunity or Setback? High Potential Women and Men During Economic Crisis (Catalyst, 2009).