Applications to the world’s top MBA programs look set to reach record levels over the next year, with many schools already reporting double-digit growth as they extended final round deadlines in the spring and summer. Wharton has seen a 21% increase for the incoming class, making it the largest entering cohort in the school’s history. And, after pushing its final application deadline back by a whole 51 days, Columbia has reported an increase of 18%, breaking a two-year slide in applications. Looking beyond the U.S., INSEAD saw a 57% jump in R2 applications back in May 2020, while Switzerland’s IMD Business School extended its own application deadline for the January 2021 intake with the intention of enrolling its largest ever MBA class.
While there’s no doubt that an MBA from one of the world’s top business schools is in high demand right now, it’s not the only graduate business degree