A recent application trend survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) suggests that business school applicants might be increasingly steering away from programs based in the United States. The survey, which features data from 351 business schools in 45 countries, reports that a mere 32% of U.S.-based business schools received more international applications than in 2016. Conversely, 77% of Canadian programs and 67% of European programs saw an increase in international interest.
Full-time, two-year MBA programs within the United States remain quite popular, with 4.7 applications received for every available seat, but applications for these programs are still lower in volume than in previous years. Applications are on a decline for the fourth year in a row, and 64% of full-time U.S. programs reported lower numbers than in 2016. Of all the trends examined in the survey, however, full-time MBA programs around the world received the most applications (69%) of all programs.