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Aspiring doctors go to med school. Aspiring lawyers go to law school. Aspiring leaders go to business school — but they often want to build their professional experience first. Our partners offer a range of programs from deferred MBA, specialty masters, and early career programs. Explore these top-rated programs, read student profiles, and find events geared just for smart, ambitious women just like you.
- Boston University (Questrom School of Business)
- Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)
- Columbia Business School
- Duke University (The Fuqua School of Business)
- Harvard Business School
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
- Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
- Pennsylvania State University (Smeal College of Business)
- Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business)
- University of California - Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
- University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Carlson School of Management)
- University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School)
- University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
- University of Rochester (Simon Business School)
- University of Virginia (Darden School of Business)
- Yale School of Management
At Questrom, we recognize that our differences are our strength and the diversity of our community shows the dedication we have to that mission. Questrom boasts a student body that is 43% women, with multiple graduate programs at or above 50%. Women make up 34% of our full-time faculty, with four women out of 11 Questrom leadership positions currently held by women. Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, serves as the school’s first woman dean.
The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports all identity-based student clubs, including herNetwork, the Women’s MBA Association (WMBAA), and the Women in OMBA Affinity Group (WOMBA). The Women’s MBA Association, one of the largest and most active graduate clubs at Questrom, is a student-led group that provides community, social opportunities, career guidance, and support to women. They plan a number of events each year for women in our graduate programs including workshops, networking and social events. Recently, they hosted “She Leads Boston”, a conference and networking event for women MBA students across the Boston area. The Women in OMBA Affinity Group hosts an interview series called “The OMBA Chronicles: Adventures of Women in Business and a series during Women’s History Month called “#BreakTheBias” to help women advocate for themselves in the workplace.
Ranked among the world’s top business schools by leading international business publications, the school offers a STEM-certified MBA program in four formats: Full-Time, Part-Time Online Hybrid, Part-Time Flex, and Part-Time Accelerated. Additional programs include MS degrees in Product Management, Business Analytics and Computational Finance; undergraduate business and economics, a doctorate program for Ph.D. candidates; and Tepper Executive Education. With the ability to leverage technology and analyze data, and by imparting behavioral skills that focus on emotional intelligence, the Tepper School fosters an innovative approach: a future fueled by data, powered by technology, and reimagined by human intelligence.
At the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, our commitment to enhancing opportunities for women graduates is reflected in a culture that emphasizes transformation, teamwork and innovation. We believe in the potential of each student, and we partner with you to develop both the hard skills strategic, analytical decision making and the soft skills confidence and poise that are necessary for leadership in today's global marketplace. We also believe in options, which is why we offer one MBA in three different formats: full-time, part-time on-campus and part-time online hybrid.
Our alumni community, which spans 33 chapters in 19 US cities and over 14 countries, is a tight-knit family that opens doors for one another into a variety of job functions and industries. An MBA serves as an ideal platform for pursuing career paths that make a difference. From entrepreneurial start-ups to global enterprises, our students work in positions that directly impact both social and management issues.
Attracting and advancing women is a priority at the Tepper School of Business. In addition to offering Forté Fellowships, we participate in a portfolio of initiatives including Forté Forums, MBALaunch and Forté conferences. We also have Forté Ambassadors to help our women students take full advantage of the Forté network. Each year, the Tepper School and the Tepper Women in Business club host a women's leadership conference to enhance the development of current and prospective students and elevate the conversation among businesswomen in the region.
At the Tepper School, you won't just be a number; our intentionally small class size (approximately 220 in our full-time program) facilitates exceptional opportunities for leadership, networking and community engagement.
Students also benefit from unmatched insights and learning across key areas of business, including digital transformation, entrepreneurship and innovation, twenty-first century finance, the intersection of business and society, and climate and sustainability.
Columbia Women in Business (CWiB) participates in admissions events for women, one-on-one mentoring for women applicants and, with an active membership of over 400, extended career and networking programming for current students. The mission of CWiB is to foster a lifelong learning community that enables all CBS women to achieve their personal and professional aspirations through programming, mentoring, coaching and advising that provides education, support and friendship to our members.
The annual CWiB “Women in Business” conference has become a signature event for Columbia Business School and the New York business community. The Conference enables alumnae, business leaders, students and prospective students to network and share ideas on achieving success in the marketplace. Each year, the conference attracts more than 700 women.
Each spring, the WSA hosts the Women in Business Conference which brings together over 1,000 women across many industries and functions to promote women in business. The WSA also sponsors two mentoring programs -- one among students, and one between students and alumnae -- and activities addressing academics, career development, and student life.
There are two pathways to apply to the HBS MBA Program. The 2+2 Program is a way for current students, either in college or a full-time master’s degree program, to apply to HBS on a deferred basis. The 2+2 program is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the HBS MBA Program. We’re looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world. After being admitted through 2+2, students spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four years) working in a professional position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector before enrolling at HBS.
At INSEAD, we believe that a successful world economy demands diversity in management thinking, and we are committed to increasing representation of women in leadership positions across the business community. We are effective in positioning women for successful careers by facilitating valuable networks across sectors, industries and continents, as well as providing over €190,000 in targeted financial assistance to support women at INSEAD.
As one of the most innovative and influential of the world's best business schools, we develop successful, responsible, and thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. We invite you to learn more about how INSEAD can help you achieve your desired success by connecting with us on campus or at one of the many events we host around the globe.
Smashing the Glass Ceiling
MIT Sloan brings together dynamic women to invent the future:
- Women have made up at least 40 percent of our MBA class every year since 2013.
- In 2018, 10 MIT alumnae were named to Inc.’s Female Founders 100.
- 3 MIT Sloan alumnae were recognized on Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30.
From measuring a heartbeat to rethinking rocket science, these women are changing the world with innovative, successful businesses.
MIT Sloan Women in Management: Open to all MIT Sloan students, SWIM actively supports, empowers, and mobilizes women to thrive academically, socially, and professionally for success. The club fosters this environment across the school through events, education, and networking.
Through intellectual rigor and experiential learning, this two-year program will help you leave your mark in the world.
MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission
Is an MBA in your five-year plan but you need some experience in the workforce, first? Explore the MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission option to secure your spot in a future MBA class.
Leaders for Global Operations program
In two years, develop management expertise and technical engineering skills, and graduate with your MBA and SM in engineering.
MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program
The MIT Sloan Fellows MBA is a full-time one-year transformative educational experience designed for mid-career, high-potential leaders and entrepreneurs.
Executive MBA program
In a 20 months, executive format schedule, you’ll transform your organization in real time, while challenging convention and yourself.
Culture of Contribution
Students at MIT Sloan immediately tap into the synergy they find on campus. We often hear students marvel at how everyone pitches in to help you attain your goals. Ask anyone what makes MIT Sloan such a special place, and you will inevitably hear about the people here that make up our community—smart, open, inventive and grounded people, who eagerly collaborate toward common goals.
The workplace gender gap may have narrowed in recent years, but it still challenges women who aspire to the highest levels of management and leadership within their organizations. Kellogg gives you the knowledge, skills and network you'll need to help close the gender gap and reach your fullest potential. We offer the following resources to help our female business students thrive:
- Women's Preview Day offers prospective female students a unique opportunity to visit Kellogg and experience first-hand the school's vibrant community. Your time on campus will include mock classes taught by Kellogg's premier faculty, a Q&A session with the Career Management Center, lunch with current students and more information about the Kellogg admissions process.
- The Kellogg Women's Business Association (WBA) exists to connect and champion the women of Kellogg through career programming and personal and professional development opportunities.
- The Kellogg Center for Executive Women (CEW) helps senior-level women advance to top executive and board positions by developing and delivering research-based, actionable programs that address the unique challenges women face.
- The Kellogg Executive Women's Network (KEWN) creates networking opportunities for women, nurtures growth and leadership and encourages alumnae to support the school and each other.
The Smeal College of Business delivers professional graduate programs that you can earn in a year or less that will prepare you to make an immediate impact in the world through rigorous curriculum, experiential learning, and a community of 92,000+ Smeal alumni and more than 760,000 Penn Staters ready to open doors, offer advice and cheer you on.
Connect with Smeal to learn about our one-year graduate programs, including accounting, accounting analytics, business analytics, finance, MBA, real estate analysis and development, and supply chain management.
SMU Cox equips students with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to succeed in business by offering a full range of graduate degree programs. Our six MBA programs include full-time, part-time, and online options. We also offer seven specialized master’s programs and three dual degree MBA programs.
The SMU Cox Full-Time MBA program has awarded more than 75 Forté Fellow scholarships to female MBA students in the past five years. All female applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships, with priority given to applicants who apply in the first two rounds.
At SMU Cox, women from every graduate business program are encouraged to participate in the Women in Business Club, making this student-led organization one of the largest in the business school. Its mission is to promote the role of women in business and provide ongoing inspiration and support for women to achieve their goals. The club promotes professional and personal development through social and networking events, guest speakers and mentoring opportunities in addition to these annual noteworthy events:
The SMU Cox Full-Time MBA program has awarded more than 75 Forté Fellow scholarships to female MBA students in the past five years. All female applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships, with priority given to applicants who apply in the first two rounds. In the past two years, over 70% of female MBA students were awarded scholarships.
At Cox, women from every graduate business program are encouraged to participate in the Women in Business Club, making this student-led organization one of the largest in the business school. Its mission is to promote the role of women in business and provide ongoing inspiration and support for women to achieve their goals.
The Women in Business Club is a registered chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA). All students who are members of the Women in Business Club receive a free membership to NAWMBA. Additional Women in Business Club partnerships include Ellevate and Network of Executive Women.
We invite you to connect and learn how SMU Cox can support your academic aspirations and professional goals.
The Haas School of Business is committed to developing the next generation of women business leaders who seize opportunities, challenge conventional wisdom, and lead with creativity. The Berkeley MBA is shaped by a dynamic, student-driven community that values the essential role women play in business and, through our partnership with the Forté Foundation, we seek to actively increase the educational and networking opportunities available to women.
At Haas, women hold leadership positions in many of the clubs and organizations and play an integral role in fostering the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, female students co-founded two of UC Berkeley's preeminent startup competitions, the LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, (formerly the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition) and the Global Social Venture Competition, one of the oldest social venture competitions in the world that combines a profitable bottom line with social and/or environmental impact.
The Haas Women in Leadership Group (WIL) serves the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success. The annual WIL Conference is the longest-running conference at Haas and provides a forum for hundreds of women to connect, empower, and transform their lives and careers. In addition to hosting the conference, WIL organizes a number of social and networking events throughout the year including the Women's Workshop and an annual retreat to Napa Valley.
At Haas, you will find an incredibly talented, diverse, collaborative community - one that will form an invaluable, lifelong network. Our Haas Student Ambassadors are looking forward to hosting you!
At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, we value the power of the individual, and are deeply committed to fostering a community of students with unique and diverse experiences. As a founding sponsor of the Forté Foundation, Chicago Booth is pleased to offer access to a top-tier business education for both U.S. and international women. Our diverse student body offers women exposure to students from a variety of backgrounds to increase their personal and professional networks. The relationships that are built here will last a lifetime, from your first contact with an Admissions staff member or current student to connecting with members of CWIBAN, our alumnae network created specifically for women. Through the Office of Diversity Affairs and Chicago Women in Business, Chicago Booth provides extensive support, networking, and fellowship opportunities for women.
Chicago Booth students also partner with the Career Services, Student Events and Programs, Admissions and Alumni Affairs Offices to host a variety of activities for our students and alumnae. Chicago Women in Business (CWiB) is one of the largest student groups at Chicago Booth. CWiB hosts many events, including the CWiB Fall Conference, the spring dinner, and dozens of activities throughout the year featuring speakers, career fairs, mentoring opportunities, community service functions and social/networking events.
Chicago Booth Women's Week, co-sponsored by the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN) and the Office of Admissions, is a unique event for women. In nearly forty cities each year, alumni, students and staff engage women in conversations around the world regarding the MBA and its impact on the careers of women in business, as well as the value of the unique Chicago Booth experience.
Scholarships for women are an integral part of recognizing excellence among Chicago Booth applicants and students. Chicago Booth offers several fellowships for women—including the Robert W. Baird, Forté Foundation, and Herman Family Fellowships—that are part of Chicago Booth's commitment, in cooperation with global corporations and private donors, to provide tuition scholarships specifically to women. Our fellowships go beyond the usual scholarship model, which typically begins and ends with tuition support; we also focus on mentoring, individual development and career options, and corporate access.
The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is committed to being an institution where tomorrow's female leadership will grow and thrive. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives to help our female students lead and succeed in business, finance, marketing and analytics, and offer merit-based financial support for women who pursue our programs.
The Carlson School of Management’s MBA, General Business Certificates and early career specialty Master’s programs (Master of Marketing, MS in Finance and MS in Business Analytics) develop the next generation of female leaders through cutting edge education, experiential learning and 1:1 career support that extends from the student to alumni experience. Our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their fields and have exceptional career outcomes. Additionally, Carlson graduates become part of our global alumni professional network that is 57,000 strong and growing!
Our women's initiatives include:
- All women who enroll in our Full-Time or Management Science MBA programs are Forté Fellows.
- Merit-based scholarships specifically designated for women studying in the MBA program; awarded in varying amounts from $5,000 to full tuition waiver scholarships plus a stipend for living expenses. Some of these awards, such as the Forté Foundation Fellowships, also include a variety of leadership and career development opportunities.
- Merit-based scholarship awards up to $20,000 for women and diverse and underrepresented candidates who are admitted to Carlson’s early-career specialty Master’s programs (Master of Marketing, MS in Business Analytics and MS in Finance) The Graduate Women in Business Club aims to empower graduate women in business, to propel more women into leadership positions, and to enhance diversity in the workplace. Learning Lunches and Real Talks provide space for engaging conversations with classmates, professors, alumni, and business leaders on topics such as women in a male-dominated industry, giving and receiving feedback, living a happy life, and parenting. GWIB also supports the Men as Allies Initiative.
- The Women's Leadership Conference our annual conference, organized collaboratively by students, staff, and faculty, is the premier gathering of female business leaders in Minneapolis.
Here at The Carlson School we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive community that encourages all to reach their full potential through learning, working, and service. By enhancing and sustaining an ethical, culturally-grounded, and anti-racist institution, we will equip the leaders of tomorrow to live the values of “Business as a Force for Good." The Carlson School's early career specialty Master's programs have a strong female representation - 46% of our MS in Business Analytics students, 64% of our Master of Marketing students and 41% of our MS in Finance students are women. Over the past 3 years, across our 5 MBA program formats, we have averaged 35% women, 20% students of color, and 14% military/veterans. And the Carlson Undergraduate program freshman class is about 50% female!
Minneapolis/St. Paul is home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of Fortune 500 headquarters, including Target, UnitedHealth Group, Best Buy, Supervalu, 3M, and U.S. Bancorp. The Carlson School has close ties with these businesses, providing our students with many opportunities to learn and advance their careers.
Our unmatched MBA portfolio provides outstanding ROI and unique learning and career opportunities to a diverse range of students. Our top-ranked Full-Time MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Evening MBA, Charlotte Executive MBA, and online MBA@UNC programs leverage a powerful and integrated curriculum delivered across a variety of formats to shape principled, agile leaders who drive extraordinary results for both the bottom line and the greater good.
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UNC Kenan-Flagler is deeply committed to educating and supporting the next generation of women leaders. We’re proud to be recognized by the Princeton Review as the business school ranked #1 in providing the “Greatest Resources for Women.” These resources include:
Carolina Women in Business (CWIB) is one of our largest student-run organizations. The club supports women through programming, networking, and recruiting opportunities that enable personal development and enhance students’ success while at UNC and in their post-MBA journey as well. The annual CWIB conference, held each fall, brings business leaders, alumni, students, and members of the local community together for meaningful conversations on the future of business.
Diversity Weekend invites prospective MBAs to UNC Kenan-Flagler to participate in important conversations about inclusion in business. Prospective students have the opportunity to network with current students over informal social events and engaging panel discussions.
100 Women, an alumnae-led movement, is focused on mentoring and empowering future business leaders by providing guidance to MBA students before, during, and beyond their MBA journey.
More than one-third of MBA fellowship recipients at UNC Kenan-Flagler are women. We supplement Forté Fellowships for outstanding women with full-tuition fellowships.
We create a unique atmosphere of collaboration, mutual support, and genuine interest in each other's success. Members of our community bring unique talents, experiences, and perspectives that, when united through teamwork, strengthen our ability to achieve our goals. We’re proud to partner with organizations that share our mission of inclusion:
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a select group of member schools committed to diversity in business education and leadership. Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming our nation’s leadership pipeline. MLT equips and emboldens high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities—African American, Latinx, and Native American—to realize their full potential, to make a mark, and make a difference.
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), one of the largest organizations focused on supporting the LGBT+ MBA community.
Yellow Ribbon Program, an educational enhancement program that provides scholarships to U.S. veterans to assist with out-of-pocket tuition and fees. We are also recognized as a Military-Friendly School®.
In our partnership with Forté, we’re thrilled to support undergraduate, pre-MBA and MBA programming.
We frequently update our events page with new opportunities to engage with our community, including information sessions, club chats, virtual office hours, and partner events. Our dedicated admissions staff is here to support you every step of the way. If you have questions or want to connect with our team, you are welcome to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women come to Wharton for its customizable and flexible curriculum, diverse perspectives and global view, and academic excellence across every major discipline. With 225 faculty, 19 majors, 200 electives, and 13+ interdisciplinary programs, Wharton gives you the opportunity to grow through a multidimensional and interconnected experience, inside and outside the classroom.
Wharton was the first elite business school to reach gender parity: 52% of the Wharton MBA Class of 2023 and 50% of the Wharton MBA Class of 2024 are women. Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) remains one of our most active graduate clubs. Their mission is to empower all Wharton women to achieve their full potential in their personal and professional endeavors. WWIB focuses on issues relevant to women in business, providing social and networking opportunities with fellow students, alumnae, faculty, administrators, executives, and entrepreneurs. WWIB is both a social and professional organization, spearheading efforts within Wharton and the greater business community regarding admissions, alumni outreach, professional development, and recruiting. WWIB organizes and sponsors a number of events, including:
- Annual WWIB Conference with nearly ~400 attendees
- Leadership Development Sessions, Corporate Visits, Health & Wellness Seminars
- WWIB Career Fair
- Annual Distinguished Alumna Award and Reception
- Women's Receptions in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
Upon graduation, Wharton women find ample opportunity to build social and professional ties to last a lifetime, as they join a network of over 100,000 MBA alumni.
It’s the understanding and confidence you need to make the right decisions and lead, no matter the business forecast. You'll be taught by professors who are transforming finance, accounting, analytics, marketing, and pricing. You'll learn how to see and communicate data differently. And you'll graduate ready to frame more incisive questions, uncover patters, and use data to persuade and inspire.
Simon's Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center is dedicated to connecting you to professional opportunities that turn your potential into reality. From résumé development to mock interviews and individualized career counseling, we prepare you to be the leading candidate in a competitive marketplace. Even before orientation, new students begin their Simon experience with Benet Center Onboarding, a specially designed program of web-based training. It's your first step to a new level of career preparedness with expert coaching and professional development modules to help you prepare for your job search.
We are deeply committed to creating opportunities for female leaders to learn and excel within their chosen professions, and our affiliation with Forté, and the Simon Women in Business (SWiB) organization on campus, promotes events focused on increasing the number of women in business, professional development/mentoring, and networking opportunities.
All four of our MS programs offer the option to pursue an internship track to help you strengthen your résumé and gain professional experience before heading into your full-time role, and are STEM designated, which signals quantitative rigor to employers and gives international students the ability to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months, for a total of three years of US work eligibility without H1B sponsorship.
Did you know Simon MS graduates have a five-year window to apply for admission to the Simon MBA? If admitted, a significant portion of prior MS credits will transfer, which means you’ll complete the MBA program in approximately half the time. Our Full-Time MBA Program allows you to immerse yourself in student life and intently focus on academics, an intensive career search, and enriching co-curricular activities. Typically, the full-time MBA requires one additional year of study after completing the MS program. Connect with our Admissions team for more information about this opportunity.
We're proud to offer degree programs with an unabashedly analytical bias. We'll show you how a deep understanding of economics, combined with an intensive quantitative focus, gives you a cohesive, evidence-based approach to decision making. Get a specialized master’s degree that's more than a credential at Simon.
Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in Charlottesville and around the world. They are student club presidents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose.
Furthermore, Darden's chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) connects, empowers, and celebrates the next generation of women leaders and helps build awareness of women in leadership positions. Throughout the year, they engage students, alumnae, faculty and prospective students in activities ranging from senior speaker series to golf lessons to mentoring programs. Moreover, GWIB's goal is to use education, coaching, networking, and mentoring to foster a lifelong community that enables and empowers Darden women to achieve their professional and personal aspirations, both during and after their time at Darden. In addition, Darden is one of the few MBA programs that provide dedicated lifelong career services resources for its alumni. The Alumni Career Services staff understands the career path of a woman may not always look like that of her male counterparts. Our professional staff provides Darden alumnae with resources and support as they move through different phases of their careers.
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An essential part of that mission-driven effort is to recruit, support, and train women who want to make a positive difference in the world by leading with rigor and heart across all kinds of organizations.
In our collaborative and tight-knit community, your voice will be heard and your perspective and experience will be valued. Women at Yale SOM have many opportunities for personal and professional growth, through events hosted by the student-run Women in Management Club and by connecting with women faculty, alumnae, and visiting speakers. Discussions of gender diversity in the workplace are a part of the integrated core curriculum. Our graduates are leaders of organizations that are creating new opportunities for women every day. We invite you to learn more about the Yale School of Management and our community. Join us at an upcoming event, schedule a campus visit, contact a student Admissions Ambassador, or reach out to our admissions team at email@example.com.