Graduate Management News

October 2015

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Full-Time Two-Year MBA Programs Report Strong 2015 Application Numbers

For the first time since 2009, a majority of US full-time two-year MBA programs report year-on-year domestic application growth.

Application Trends

The findings of the 16th annual Application Trends Survey reveal that for the third year in a row, a majority of full-time two-year MBA programs worldwide report stable or increased application volume compared with the previous year. Compared with 10 years ago, 60 percent of programs report increased application volume.

Click through our SlideShare below to view graphs of high-level takeaways of the survey analysis for full-time two-year MBA programs, including:

  • Application volume trends
  • Applicant profile
  • Candidate outreach and selection criteria
  • Tuition assistance and employer funding


The summary report, available for download here, features data and analysis from survey responses from nearly 650 business school programs representing 35 countries and 42 US states, plus the District of Columbia.

Data analysis for the following program types are highlighted in the report:

  • GMAC Application TrendsFull-time MBA programs, in two-year and one-year formats;
  • Professional MBA programs—part-time MBA, flexible MBA, online MBA, and executive MBA; and
  • Specialized master’s programs, e.g. Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master in Management, Master in Marketing and Communications, and Master in Data Analytics and Business Intelligence.

This year’s report also features data from several all-new survey questions on the topics of the “ideal” business school candidate, the average weight of admissions criteria in the decision-making process, the impact of tuition on student demand, and application volume today compared with 10 years ago.

Visit today to explore the findings!