Application Trends Survey

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Findings of the GMAC 2017 Application Trends Survey show programs in Europe, Canada, India, and East and Southeast Asia gaining applications while many US programs see declining volumes from shifting demand among international applicants.

A total of 351 business schools around the globe submitted admissions data for the incoming 2017 class for 965 graduate business programs, which is a record number of participants for this survey.

According to the report, a majority of programs in Europe, Canada, East and Southeast Asia, and India report growing volumes in 2017, while fewer than half the programs in the United States are growing — with the exception of part-time lockstep MBA and Master’s in Data Analytics programs.

Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) graduate business programs with 201 or more class seats report increased application volumes this year compared to 39 percent of the smallest programs (50 or fewer class seats). Women represent 42 percent of the total applications received by participating survey programs, up from 37 percent in 2013. Most program types have experienced in increase in the representation of women in the application pipeline. Specifically, among MBA programs women represent 39 percent of applications, up from 33 percent in 2013.

GMAC Research Report 2017 Application Trends Survey Report [September 2017]

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