Women’s MBA enrollment steady in 2020
The percentage of women enrolled in business school is holding steady in 2020, despite threats to women’s economic well-being brought on by the pandemic, new research finds.
Applications to MBA programs increased in 2020. Meanwhile, women’s enrollment at MBA programs appears to be stable this year as compared to last, according to Forté, a nonprofit focused on gender parity in business and business schools.
A master’s degree in business administration, or another graduate degree, can help more women advance to leadership positions.
In the fall of 2020, women’s share of enrollment at Forté’s 52 member schools – which represent the top MBA programs in the U.S., Europe and Canada – remained the same as last year at 39% in US schools and 36% for schools abroad.
“The good news is that despite challenges women face in the pandemic, such as a greater share of job losses, their enrollment in business school did not decline overall,” said Forté CEO Elissa Sangster. “But the surge in applications, which typically occurs during a recession, did not spark a corresponding climb in women pursuing an MBA. So, we will need to place even greater emphasis on women’s enrollment to ensure we don’t backslide.”