Thursday, November 7, 2019
Wall Street Journal, More Women Pursue M.B.A. as Elite Schools Step Up Recruiting:
As applications to American business schools decline, the percentage of women enrolled in full-time M.B.A. programs continues to rise, climbing this fall to an average of 39% at more than 50 of the top programs in the U.S., Canada and Europe, new data show.
Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School came closest to an even split between male and female students, with 49% women enrolled this fall, according to data collected by the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit focused on advancing women into leadership roles through access to business education. Others with high percentages of female students include the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, which each had 45% or more women enrolled.
Altogether, 19 Forté member schools had 40% or more women enrolled, including Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Yale School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Women’s enrollment in U.S. M.B.A. programs was also up compared with programs in Europe and Canada, which report average women’s enrollment of 36% for fall 2019.
Forté representatives said the rising share of women in M.B.A. programs—up from nearly 38% last year and 32% in the fall of 2011—reflects improved recruiting efforts by business schools, which have highlighted on-campus diversity and harnessed alumni networks to help female candidates envision the