Application Trends – International Application in Management Education
Overall, two out of every three applicants to PhD programs in Business are international students.
The impressive breadth and diversity of the applicant pool increases the difficulty of acceptance into these highly competitive programs. In 2007, the average acceptance rate to doctoral business programs was 13%, making these programs the most difficult business management program to get into.
However, the PhD programs are the only exception from all the graduate management programs in terms of application volumes in 2007 – they have not experienced the same strong growth as witnessed by all other programs. In short, the percentage of PhD applicants among all business management program applicants is decreasing. This can be evidenced by the marked increase in applications to part-time MBA
, EMBA and flexibleMBA programs
which are particularly attractive to foreign nationals.
Different trends are underway among international applicants, who make up a large portion of applicant pools and student bodies.