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Women’s Share of MBAs Earned in the U.S. and Canada

 

United States
  • In the United States in 2011-2012, women earned 35.9% of MBAs, which is slightly lower than in 2010-2011, when women earned 36.8% of MBAs.1

 

 

Canada
  • In Canada in 2011-2012, women earned 39.0% of MBAs, which is higher than in 2010-2011, when women earned 34.5% of MBAs.2

 
  • Women made up 35.5% of the full-time 2010-2011 class entering the top 10 MBA programs in the U.S.3
    • The number of women in top MBA programs is changing at a very slow pace.4
Top 10 U.S. MBA Programs - 20115 % Women Enrolled, (2010-2011 Class)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) (PA) 28%
Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL) 31%
Harvard University (MA) 32%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) (MA) 27%
Duke University (Fuqua) (NC) 41%
University of Michigan (Ross) (MI) 27%
Columbia University (NY) 37%
Cornell University (Johnson) (NY) 27%
University of Virginia (Darden) (VA) 30%
University of Chicago (Booth) (IL) 26%
Average 30.6%

 

Top 10 U.S. MBA Programs – 20016 % Women Enrolled, (2000-2001 Class)
INSEAD  France 33%
Queens University  Canada 17%
IE Business School Spain 33%
ESADE Spain 33%
London Business School  UK 31%
University of Western Ontario (Ivey) Canada 32%
IMD  Switzerland 28%
University of Toronto (Rotman)  Canada 29%
York University (Schulich) Canada 35%
University of Cambridge (Judge) UK 29%
Average 30.3%
 
Top 10 Non-U.S. MBA Programs - 20117   % Women Enrolled, (2010-2011 Class)
INSEAD France 33%
Queens University Canada 17%
IE Business School Spain 33%
ESADE Spain 33%
London Business School UK 31%
University of Western Ontario (Ivey) Canada 32%
IMD Switzerland 28%
University of Toronto (Rotman) Canada 29%
York University (Schulich) Canada 35%8
University of Cambridge (Judge) UK 29%
Average:   30.3%
 
 
 

Post-MBA

  • A 2010 Catalyst survey9 of global MBA graduates found that women lag behind men in job level and salary starting from their first position and do not catch up.
    • The survey also found that women make on average $4,600 less in their initial jobs, even after accounting for experience, time since MBA, industry, and region.
  • Another Catalyst survey10 of MBA alumni who graduated between 1996 and 2007 found that:
    • 31% of women received promotions, compared to 36% of men.
    • Women senior leaders were more than three times (19% for women vs. 6% for men) as likely to have lost their jobs due to downsizing or closure.
 
* Data for Canada was not available for 2003-2004.
 

How to cite this product: Catalyst. Catalyst Quick Take: Women MBAs. New York: Catalyst, 2012.