Women and Graduate Management Education (2015)

April 03, 2015

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, GMAC prepared this Data-to-Go brief as a summary of current GMAT test taker and research data about women in the business school pipeline.


Findings in this Data-to-Go report are derived from several sources of GMAT test taker data and GMAC surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015.   

  • In testing year 2014, a total of 105,476 exams (43%) were taken by women worldwide, representing 43.3 percent of the global business school pipeline in the testing year ending June 30, 2014 (TY 2014). This marks the sixth year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark in the number of GMAT exams taken.
  • More than 45,000 female GMAT examinees, or 54 percent of all women who took the GMAT exam in TY 2014, intend to pursue an MBA degree.
  • The vast majority (90%) of graduate business school alumnae across the globe and across class years 1959 to 2014 said they were employed: 80 percent work for an employer, and 10 percent reported they are business owners (self-employed).