Applicant Survey

AIGAC 2015 MBA Applicant Survey Results Release

Highlights from the Survey Results

Survey respondents continue to favor traditional MBA programs and select programs for familiar reasons

  • Female applicants more likely to consider joint degree and part-time MBAs
  • Women report a higher yield on applications

Candidates report career outcomes consistent from last year

  • Consulting continues to be a top priority
  • Women indicate an increasing interest in entrepreneurship
  • Candidates expecting almost 50% increase in compensation through their MBA, consistent for men and women

Applicant process continues to be demanding for candidates, ~50% of whom report using consultants

  • Applicants continue to submit the GMAT at much higher rates than GRE
  • 14% of female applicants report submitting GRE vs. 6% of men
  • Female applicants more likely to pay for test prep support
  • 30% begin working with consultants more than 6 months before the deadline
  • Applicants report building strong relationships with consultants
  • Applicants also continue to get to know schools well

Presentation Version of Applicant Survey Results – PDF Version


Since 2009, the AIGAC MBA Applicant Survey has solicited the perspective of MBA applicants on the admissions process. Schools and members utilize AIGAC MBA Applicant Survey data to gain insights into applicant perceptions of each stage of the admissions process, from tools they first use to research programs and the reasons that they select programs to career and salary expectations.


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Thank you to our 2015 survey committee!

Vince Ricci – Vince Prep
Andrea Sparrey – Sparrey Consulting

Brett Haber – AIGAC Board of Directors
Scott Shrum – Veritas Prep
Poonam Tandon – myEssayReview



Founded in 2006, the non-profit Association of International Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) exists to define ethical standards for graduate admissions consultants, contribute to their professional development, educate the public about the admissions consulting industry, and strengthen relationships with related service provider (like test prep) and schools. In an unregulated industry, AIGAC is the standard-bearer for best practices and excellence in advising graduate school applicants around the world.

We are a self-regulating body, committed to helping applicants educate themselves about their options and maximize their chances as they make high-stakes and expensive investments in their higher education. Our members include former admissions officers from top universities, graduates of top programs, widely read authors, and subject matter experts frequently quoted in the international media.

With members in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America, and Asia, we keep up to date with programs and developments at graduate programs around the world.

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