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Subject: MBAs
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: tterrell-ga
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Posted: 13 Oct 2003 11:23 PDT
Expires: 12 Nov 2003 10:23 PST
Question ID: 265782
Regarding students presenlty pursuing an MBA in Canaga I should like
to know by percentage their undergraduate degree and major; i.e., 20%
obtained a BS in Political Scienes, 10% in.....  If information is not
available for Canada, then my next choice would be North America as a
whole and then the US.
Subject: Re: MBAs
Answered By: omniscientbeing-ga on 11 Nov 2003 10:57 PST

I have the following information on percentages of undergraduate
majors for MBA students representative of the United States, 2001,
from this Santa Clara University website:

[ ]:

Note: ?The following statistics are based on the Graduating Class of 2001.
315 Students Graduated and 51% responded to the Salary Survey?:

Undergraduate Majors:  
Humanities and Social Sciences 13% 
Economics 12% 
Engineering and Science 50% 
Business Administration  16% 
Other 9%

The following phone number is the Leavey School of Business, Santa
Clara University general contact number, if you wish to ask them over
the phone more details about how they compiled their statistics, or if
they have any additional statistics along the lines of what you seek
for Canada:

408-554-4523 phone
408-554-4553 fax

Here are the statistics also indicating representative percentages of
undergraduate majors for United States MBA students, from this U. of
Washington Business School brochure:

[ ]:

Engineering, Math and Science 53%
Business 26%
Social Sciences and Humanities 17%
Economics 4%

Note that the above link to the statistics above is to a .pdf format
document, which means you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.
This program is available free for download here, from Adobe?s

[ ].

If you do open the brochure in .pdf format, I recommend setting the
View setting to 125%.The statistics I quoted above are in pie chart
form, on page 2 of the document.

If you prefer to view the page as HTML instead of .pdf. here?s a link
to the HTML formatted page of the same information (see page 2, and
the statistics are presented without the pie chart graphic):


The following information, from 
[ ], while not
precise statistics, nevertheless offers some help:

?Do I need an undergraduate business degree?
No. Most graduate management programs want their MBA classes to be as
diverse as possible. When students have different educational
backgrounds, all may contribute and all benefit. For this reason,
applicants with a wide range of undergraduate majors are admitted.**
In some programs, fewer than 25 percent of the MBA students have
undergraduate degrees in business.**?

The next website is to an Asian business school, but they accept 82%
international. Of those students, the give the percentages for
undergraduate majors for admitted MBA students (in the form of pie
charts) here:

[ ].

Note: You can either scroll about 1/3 of the page to find the pie
charts with undergrad statistics, or you can click the "Academic
Background" link at the type of the page which takes you directly

The following series of links will lead you to further information on
this topic, and were used in compiling the information presented

Google search strategy:


?MBA undergraduate major statistics?:

?Canadian MBA undergraduate majors?:

?MBA undergraduate majors?:

?undergraduate majors MBA  ?:

?North American MBA undergraduate majors statistics?:

I hope this information is sufficient for your needs. If it for some
reason is not, or if I have left anything out you feel is important to
you, please don?t hesitate to ask for Clarification to this Answer.


Google Answers Researcher
Subject: Re: MBAs
From: czh-ga on 13 Nov 2003 23:18 PST
Hello tterrell-ga,

I had started to research your question but it was locked before I had
a chance to answer it. Since I had found quite a bit of information
about Canadian MBA programs I thought you might as well have the
information. I was frustrated because I could not find any summary
reports on the undergraduate majors of entering MBA students in either
Canada or the US but I found that searching on the phrase (not in
quotes) < mba class profile undergraduate majors > led me to excellent
reports from many of the big name MBA programs.

I?m sorry I didn?t get a chance to answer your question but I don?t
want to waste what I?ve found. Good luck with your investigations.

~ czh ~

Participating Programs

Canadian business schools have a long and distinguished history of
offering high quality graduate business education; however, they
literally transformed their MBA programs during the 90?s. Driven by
market demands, declining public funding, and the emerging
techno-revolution, Canadian MBA programs have been re-designed to meet
the needs of both young professionals and world economies. Program
formats have changed to reflect current career expectations; curricula
have evolved to embrace new technology. The Fairs are your opportunity
to investigate the excellent business education opportunities
available north of the 49th parallel.

***** This site provides links to 25+ Canadian MBA programs. You can
visit each program?s website to see what they say about the
undergraduate requirements, degrees or majors for those in their

Graduate Schools in Canada


***** This is another long list of Canadian MBA programs.
Canadian Universities & Colleges:

***** List of 50+ Canadian schools.

The Uphill Battle Facing Canada's Business Schools
As their government support declines, they're finding it hard to
compete with their U.S. counterparts

The effects show up in the the results of Business Week's biennial
ranking of top business schools. This year, the magazine expanded its
rankings to examine b-schools in Canada and Europe. Five Canadian
schools were considered for a top-tier ranking, but only two made the
cut. The Ivey School led the Canadian duo, ranking No. 5 among seven
international schools. ? Taking the No. 7 spot in the international
survey is the Rotman School.

***** See the article for the leading Canadian MBA programs.


Using the search phrase < mba class profile undergraduate majors> will
lead you to many schools listing the demographic profile for the MBA
class as well as the undergraduate majors of the entering class. Here
are a few samples:
Haas Business Schoo, University of California, Berkeley
Terry Collegeof Business, University of Georgia
Babson College
Eller Graduate School of Management, University of Arizona
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

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