The Value of an MBA degree for Women

Today, women make up 50% of the workforce but only 17.1% of boardrooms and 4% of CEOs among Fortune 500 companies.

According to the infographic below, women with an MBA degree generally find a 35 – 40% pay gain after graduation, and a 55 – 65% pay gain from their pre-MBA salary within 5 years of graduation, with a lifetime potential to make up to $3 million.

The infographic below highlights the top five industries for women with an MBA degree:

  1. Marketing & Advertising with 22% of women
  2. Management Consulting with 20% of women
  3. Financial Services with 11% of women
  4. Consumer Goods with 10% of women
  5. Government and Public Service with 10% of women

At George Mason’s School of Business, 40% of students enrolled the MBA program are women, and 28% of Executive MBA program students are women.

George Mason’s MBA program prepares the next generation of world leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership preparing graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.

In addition, George Mason’s School of Business supports the women in all degree programs through our Women in Business Initiative, which holds special events and workshops throughout the year bringing exceptional business women to Mason to talk and offer their tips for success. Students always have the opportunity to reach out to female business alumni for one-on-one discussions or mentoring opportunities.

The infographic below highlights additional values of an MBA degree for women.

Women and MBA Degree


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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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