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2016 MBA Application Trends

The infographic below from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) gives a snapshot into the prospective MBA student and MBA application trends this year.

According to this 2016 student survey, applications for full-time, one-year MBA programs, online MBA programs, and Executive MBA programs are all up this year. In addition,

  • 57% of one-year MBA programs report application volume growth
  • 43% of two-year MBA programs are experiencing application growth

The research into MBA application trends shows that business schools are focusing on working professionals (51%), international candidates (48%), and women (45%).

In addition, the infographic highlights a large amount of tuition assistance opportunities for prospective graduate business students. This report shows that 99% of all professional programs report that at least one of their students will receive financial support from their current employer. In addition, graduates business program are offering

  • 68% merit scholarships
  • 22% assistantships
  • 21% reduced tuition
  • 18% need-based scholarships
  • 16% fellowships
  • 12% stipends
  • 5% on campus work-study

Take a look at the GMAC infographic below for more MBA application trends of 2016.


Located in the metro Washington, D.C. area, George Mason’s MBA Program prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want.

Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the program and alumni after graduation.


2016 MBA application trends

Source: GMAC

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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