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Women in Leadership MBA Now Available Online

When it comes to executive positions in most industries, men tend to outnumber women by a large margin. An encouraging counterpoint and one that bodes well for women aspiring to leadership and C-suite roles, however, is that the rate of women earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is increasing. One way some schools are addressing the gender gap in leadership roles is by offering MBA programs tailored for women.

How Do Business Schools Prepare Women for Leadership Positions?

Some schools include a women's executive leadership course as part of their MBA programs. Business schools may also support women's conferences, forums and MBA associations, as well as provide professional networking opportunities geared toward women.

Are Women Enrolling in MBA Programs?

According to research from the Forté Foundation, the United States leads the way with about 39% of the students in MBA programs being women, up from 32% in 2011. Another recent survey shows that 19 MBA programs in U.S. schools have 40% or more women enrolled. These statistics indicate a positive trend.

In a Poets and Quants article, Elisa Sangster, chief operating officer (CEO) of Forté, states that even though only 5% of S&P 500 CEOs are women, 40% of them hold an MBA. Furthermore, a recent study by Forté shows an MBA affords women economic mobility and can increase their salary by 63% or more. These figures indicate why women should seriously consider earning the degree, even if the career- and pay-enhancing potential of an MBA degree makes it a worthwhile investment for anyone.

Are There Any Women in Leadership MBA Programs?

While several MBA programs worldwide have strong female representation, those with a Women in Leadership emphasis are rare, making Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) a pioneer in this regard.

Southeastern's online MBA program with an Emphasis in Women in Leadership takes a two-pronged approach through its core courses and emphasis courses. The program's core courses cover business fundamentals like accounting, behavior management, data analysis for managers, and marketing. Four courses comprise the Women in Leadership emphasis of this unique MBA program:

  • Gender and Leadership Communication
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Women in Leadership
  • Communication and Power

Career Ascent and Online Learning

Online programs enable working professionals, regardless of gender, to earn a career-enhancing degree without putting their lives or jobs on hold. Women find the online format to be a boon for the flexibility and convenience it offers. It enables them to focus on their most important priorities, which might include not only work but also life outside of work. Being able to take courses at a pace that suits them makes it possible for them to earn the degrees that accelerate advancement to the next level and beyond.

Learn more about Southeastern's online MBA program with an Emphasis in Women in Leadership.


BusinessBecause: Record Number of Women Enrolled in MBA Courses

Graduate Management Admission Council: Women and the Full-Time MBA: Continuing the Push for Progress

U.S. News & World Report: What an MBA Degree Is and What You Need to Know

FindMBA: How Business Schools Are Improving Gender Diversity in MBAs

The Business Journals: More Women Pursuing MBAs Even As Applications Decline

CNBC: Applications to Business Schools Are Down – But Women Are Making Modest Gains

Forte Foundation: MBA Applications Are Down, But Gender Equity at Business Schools Is Up

The Business Journals: Percentage of Women in C-Suite Roles Inching Up Are Business Schools Doing Enough to Support Women?

Poets & Quants: Even As Apps Slump, Women's MBA Enrollment Steadily Grows

Forbes: Three Ways to Ensure Gender Inclusion Is Really a Top Priority in Your Business

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