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        The 25 Best MBA Programs For Women

        Best Women MBAs! We list the 25 business schools with the best representation of women on their MBA programs

        At many business schools around the world, women MBA students are gradually climbing toward equal representation. But some schools have gone above and beyond to boost the number of women in their classrooms.

        According to the Forté Foundation, which improves women’s access to business education, 41% of MBA students at its partner schools were women in 2021. But it could be some time before many MBA programs achieve gender parity.

        That's despite the benefits that women can reap from the qualification. Data from Forté shows that 95% of MBA graduates said the program improved their confidence, which is crucial for success in the workplace.

        The study also found that MBAs increase earning potential by up to 65% over five years, which can go a long way toward women achieving equal pay to their male counterparts. 

        With so many benefits, top business schools across the world are doing what they can to attract more women to their programs, with varying degrees of success. In the US, schools in the Financial Times’ (FT) top 100 rankings have an average of 39.6% women in their MBA cohorts, while China pulls ahead in 2022 with an average 54%.

        A handful of top schools have managed to attain close to—or even higher than—50% women on their MBAs. 

        View our list of the 25 best MBAs for women or read on for a break down of each school in the list.  

        Top 25

        25. Stanford Graduate School of Business

        44% female students

        Stanford is the gold standard of MBA programs, and the school has been making efforts to recruit more women to the program. A powerful network of female alumni support current students, who can also get involved in the Women in Management society.

        Stanford is also home to the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, which develops new ways to advance gender equality in the workplace and beyond.

        24. University of Toronto: Rotman

        45% female students

        The latest MBA cohort at Canada’s Rotman School of Management had 45% female students, bringing it close to gender parity. At Rotman, the Initiative for Women in Business supports women’s career development through seminars and workshops on various aspects of leadership. 

        The school’s board also comprises an impressive 44% women. 

        23. Alliance Manchester Business School

        45% female students

        The MBA cohort at this UK business school is also moving toward gender parity. At Alliance Manchester, 45% of MBA students and 31% of faculty are women.

        The school’s regular Women Leading in Business Talks and Women in Business MBA Student Council aims to support women in and beyond the classroom.

        22. Edhec Business School

        46% female students

        Edhec’s proportion of female MBA students is rising, but what’s perhaps more impressive is that the school has managed to achieve full gender parity on its board, which comprises 50% women.

        As well as offering a diverse classroom, at Edhec female MBA students can access the Women in Leadership scholarship, which offers a 30% reduction in fees to support women in business. 

        21. Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management 

        46% female students

        At Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, 46% of MBA students, and 33% of faculty are women. 

        Where the school lags behind in 2022, however, is board membership. Just 7% of its board are women.

        20. ESCP Business School

        46% female students

        One of France’s top MBA programs, ESCP Business School’s MBA is also well on its way toward gender parity. In 2022, 46% of MBA students were women, as well as 63% of its board and 38% of its faculty.

        ESCP has been making efforts to attract more women to its MBA through initiatives including the Women in Leadership Scholarship.

        19. CUHK Business School 

        46% female students

        Based in the culturally diverse metropolis of Hong Kong, CUHK Business School is also making strides in gender diversity. 

        46% of the MBA cohort enrolling in 2022 are women, as are around a third of its faculty and board members. When they arrive at CUHK, female MBA students can join a network of other professional women through the Women in Business Club.