Women in the MBA
The BYU MBA is a safe place for women to further develop, compete, and thrive. We develop powerful and strong women to face tomorrow’s challenges.
Benefits of the MBA:
- Study/life balance in the program – The professors and program administrators, like you, believe that family comes first. For this reason, BYU’s MBA offers a healthy balance of rigorous studies with personal and family time.
- Family friendly – For thirteen consecutive years, the BYU MBA has been recognized as the Most Family Friendly MBA in the US by the Princeton Review.
- Empowering – MBA-educated women are highly sought after by employers, which empowers them to gain high levels of employment or negotiate ideal working conditions.
- High value – The MBA program is recognized as being very high quality (top 20 in the US) while at the same time being reasonably priced through its church funding. This allows students to graduate with little to no debt, while earning a high salary right out of the program.
Are women at a disadvantage when getting a job after the program?
No, and currently the opposite is true. Most major employers value diversity in the workforce and want to hire more women; especially in fields where nearly all workers are male. There are career fairs exclusively for women, and some employers come to campus asking to meet with women in the MBA.
Is it easier for men to get admitted?
The admission requirements are the same for men and women.
How will an MBA help me?
An MBA is an investment not only in your future career, but in your personal leadership ability, opportunity to make a positive impact, and capacity to have great confidence in knowing your personal and professional value.
Career – an MBA helps put your on a leadership track in your chosen field and gives you strong earning potential, plus the skills to lead in today’s integrated economy.
Networking and Relationships – one of the best takeaways from BYU’s MBA is a network of colleagues and friends who you can turn to for advice, opportunities, support, and more. From alumni and professors to students and recruiters, you’ll meet, befriend, and learn from a diverse set of professionals and individuals.
Personal Growth and Leadership – an MBA is a challenging endeavor that gives most students the opportunity to test their mettle and skills, coming out with greater confidence that they can succeed at hard things. There’s also ample opportunity to take on new leadership roles, from leading one of our many student clubs to working with Career Services as a career advisor (Sherpa) for other students.
Positive Impact – an MBA is a tool for social change and for making a positive impact, whether it’s in a business, community organization, religious institution, or socially minded entity.
Confidence and Value – An MBA gives its holder automatic credibility and a greater confidence in the value of his or her contributions, as well as better awareness of what opportunities exist and market value in terms of salary and compensation.
Is an MBA worth the cost? Will I have to go into debt?
The BYU MBA is one of the highest value and highest quality MBAs on the market. It is consistently ranked in the top 5 MBA programs for highest ROI. Undergirding this is the financial ROI of the BYU MBA.
The BYU MBA costs approximately 25% of what other top MBAs cost – leaving graduates the flexibility to work in whichever sector or structure they choose without the weight of significant debt.
BYU students graduate on average with $23,000 in debt or less compared to average debt of $70k-$110k for similarly ranked programs
The average salary post-MBA for BYU graduates is $110,000, often doubling what many students were earning prior to the program
Additionally, there are many ways to make an MBA affordable for students in the BYU MBA:
X% of students receive scholarships in the program
The majority of students work paid internships after their first year, earning between $20-$50 per hour for a earnings of $8,000-20,000 during the summer
Many students participate in the dozens of on-campus case competitions, where prize earnings often range from $200-$5000 per person or team
For cost estimates for students (single, married, LDS, or non-LDS), please see this page.
What types of companies and roles do women with MBAs go to?
The post-MBA pathway is often very unique for many MBA women. That said, BYU MBA women recruit into many of the top positions connected to the BYU MBA, including consulting with firms like Deloitte, Product Management, or HR at places like Amazon and Dell. Some join start-ups in Utah’s growing tech scene. Other women may choose to follow a more customized path, looking for a role in a socially minded company or a healthcare setting, or choosing to start or continue owning their own business. Others use the tools in the MBA to better lead their family and communities. See our student profiles for a view of those diverse pathways.
I’m not sure I want to work in a corporate setting – is an MBA still valuable for me?
An MBA is a tool for change and leadership in any industry. While the BYU MBA has a strong track record of placement in corporate industries like consumer packaged goods, tech, healthcare, and the financial sector, many graduates apply their skills in other sectors like social good, government, and entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship – BYU is ranked #3 for entrepreneurship by Princeton Review
Many MBA alums have founded their own successful companies
Many other alums choose to work in start-up or growth stage businesses, attracted by the fast pace, flexible work, and collaborative environments
Social Impact and Government
BYU has several attractive options for those interested in working in social good across sectors, including the Ballard Center and the social impact emphasis for MBAs
Graduates interested in this areas have pursued roles with foundations, educational institutions, mission-driven private sector companies, system-level nonprofits, and more
An MBA gives its owner credibility across sectors and usually double the earning potential of other graduate degrees like an MPA or an MPP. As sectors continue to blur, an MBA will hold its value.
What’s it like to be a mom in the BYU MBA? What resources exist for student mothers?
BYU MBA student mothers are a valued part of each MBA class. Many mothers have successfully pursued the MBA at different stages, from having a 2-month-old baby to being a mother six teenaged kids.
Resources for student mothers at BYU include:
BYU MBA Women in Management Club
BYU Women’s Resource Center
BYU Library Family Area
Marriott School Moms Underground
MBASA (MBA Spouse Association)
BYU Campus Nursing Lounge and Changing Station Map
If you are a mother or mother-to-be and have further questions, please reach out to the MBA administration to discuss your options, be connected with other MBA moms, and get additional resources.
We’ll be adding profiles of some of our amazing student mothers soon.
What resources are available specifically to women at the BYU MBA? Is there a women’s club or group?
BYU MBA students benefit from the robust presence of Women in Management (WIM), the prominent Marriott School women’s affiliate group. WIM’s mission is provide professional development, networking opportunities, and support for women in the BYU MBA program. The club prepares BYU MBA women to make contributions in their future careers and to successfully manage the unique challenges and opportunities of being women in the business world.
A male ally group, He for She, is also part of the Women in Management organization. This group supports men in developing their ability to advocate for, support, and effectively learn from and mentor women through discussions, activities, and lectures.
BYU also has a partnership with Damaro, an organization that funds scholarship for women in the BYU MBA.
Are there single mothers in the MBA?
Yes, and most have been successful in completing the program and balancing family life. Being divorced, widowed, or separated makes no difference in the eyes of your classmates or professors.
Can I succeed if my background isn’t in business or if I don’t love math?
The BYU MBA leverages the diverse professional backgrounds of its students. About half of BYU MBA students have an undergraduate degree in business or finance. While quality professional experience (minimum of 2 years, average of 4) is required for admittance to the BYU MBA, the makeup of that experience is often unique to each student. From working in a nonprofit or being a journalist to managing global retail operations or working as a medical professional, the unique backgrounds and leadership journeys of each student strength the MBA education.
Every MBA student takes core classes for the first 1.5 semesters; for the last 2.5 semesters, students take electives of their choice. Significant support for succeeding in the core classes of finance, accounting, marketing, HR, leadership, operations, strategy, and ethics is available through your core teammates, professors, teaching assistants, fellow students, and many other avenues. Support for recruiting also exists through our unique Sherpa program and the BYU MBA’s collaborative culture.
Can I take the GRE or GMAT? What if I’m not sure I’ll ace the GMAT?
The BYU MBA accepts either the GRE or GMAT, although the GMAT is preferred. The LSAT or other graduate admissions test are not sufficient alone. To be a competitive applicant, students should score above an 640 and we recommend you apply if you’re above 620. The average GMAT at BYU is 670.
The GMAT can be daunting for many students, but it is only one step along your journey to successfully completing an MBA. Many students without strong math backgrounds have performed well on the GMAT due to their preparation. To prepare, many students take a class (online or in person), use study books, or work with a tutor. Taking multiple practice tests is one of the best efforts for success on the GMAT, as is having a can-do attitude and seeking support.
Please reach out if you need assistance (financial, guidance, or other) with preparing for the GMAT.
When is the right time to get an MBA?
The short answer is: when it’s right for you. Our research shows that for women more than men, the timing of pursuing an MBA is a highly personal matter. Some of these decision points may be:
-When you don’t see opportunity to move up/around from your current role
-When you want to learn more about how businesses are run, how to start a business, or how business contributes positively to society
-When you want to build connections with people who are smart and driven
-When you want to make a career switch or increase your earning potential
-When you want the leadership skills to contribute in an organization or movement
We recommend that you have at least 3 years of formal work experience. Having worked in a professional environment can immensely enhance your experience in classes because you have a valid frame of reference to which your learnings apply. However, there are exceptions to this 3 year recommendation–please contact us if you have questions about whether the time is right for you.
What happens if I have a baby during the program?
The BYU MBA is unique among top-rated MBAs given the number of moms and dads in the program. It varies year to year, but usually about a third to a half of MBA students are also parents.
Several female students have give birth immediately prior to, during, or immediately after the program. The BYU MBA administration is committed to ensuring the success of women and mothers in the program and is able to work with students on an individual basis as needed for support and accommodations. If needed, students may be able to take a personal leave between years or extend their MBA for a third year to finish their required 64 credits.
Will I be heard and valued in the BYU MBA, both as a woman and as an individual?
The BYU MBA is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and ensuring all students feel valued and respected. BYU recognizes that gender inequalities still exist both in the business world and other settings, including business school, but is committed to making improvements. MBA professors, student leaders, and administration give great thought and action to ensuring the BYU MBA is a great place for women to pursue their MBA.
Firms that recruit in the BYU MBA are looking for strong female talent as they strive to develop diverse and inclusive teams and cultures and hire the best candidates overall. There’s never been a better time to be a woman in business or in business school.
If I’m interested, will I have time for dating while I’m in the program?
While this is again a personal question, students ultimately have control over their time and experience in the MBA program. The MBA Singles Association provides many activities to support single students in connecting with others (both in and out of the program). While the first semester of the MBA is designed to be intensive in class load, recruiting, and other activities, there is greater flexibility in schedule for the other 3 semesters. Many MBA students look back on their social relationships (friends, dating partners, and colleagues) as one of the best opportunities to emerge from the MBA. In true BYU fashion, the MBA usually sees at least one marriage between MBA students each year.
What if I still have questions about the MBA?
You can contact us at email@example.com or in the MBA office in the back of the Tanner building on the BYU Provo campus.