Women in the B-School Pipeline: 2012 Update

Women in B-School

What do women want? This webcast will examine the key questions for graduate management education related to women: Who are they? Where are they? Guest speaker, Elissa Sangster, Executive Director of Forté Foundation, will share insights on what she has observed in the field and how the organization is working to inspire more women to achieve successful careers in business.


  • A total of 106,800 GMAT exams (41.4%) were taken by women – setting a new record in both the number and share of exams taken by women.
  • 50,541 or 54 percent of women GMAT examinees were younger than 25 years of age. Learn how to attract and recruit a new generation for your programs.
  • Thirty-two percent of women prospective students surveyed in 2011 reported that they first considered pursuing graduate business degrees before they completed their undergraduate or first degree. Their early commitment to education can have payoffs for your programs.
  • Nearly all (9 in 10) women grads in the class of 2011 rated the value of their business degree as good to outstanding. And, 70 percent of alumnae from full-time MBA programs agreed their graduate business degree was essential for their first job after graduation. This data instantly shows the value of your programs to women.

Other resources you may like:

Find data related to women in nearly all of the GMAC research reports. Filter by gender in our interactive data reports for survey reports, or search on women in survey report PDFs.


  • Laura Leach, Survey Research Manager, Research and Development
  • Michelle Sparkman Renz, Director, Research Communications
  • Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation (Forté Foundation is an organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders)