Full-Time Women MBA Students
Outnumber Men For First Time At UNH
Whittemore School Bucking National
MBA Enrollment Trends
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 14, 2005
News Editors: Steve Bolander, dean of the Whittemore School,
is available to discuss the Whittemore School’s MBA program
at 603-862-1983. Lisa MacFarlane, director of the UNH Honors Program,
is available to discuss the honors program at 603-862-4728.
DURHAM, N.H. – For the first in the history of the University
of New Hampshire, women enrolled in the full-time MBA program at
the Whittemore School of Business and Economics outnumber men, a
change so significant that it is a reverse of the national trend
in MBA enrollments.
This fall, 61 percent of the full-time MBA students are women. In
2004, only 29percent of full-time MBA students were women, which
is consistent with national trends that show women represent 30
to 35 percent of MBA students in all programs (part-time, full-time
and executive). In past years, UNH has been consistent with national
trends in all MBA programs.
In addition, this year 46 percent of the students in all MBA programs
at UNH are women, breaking from national trends. In 2004, women
represented just 29 percent of all MBA students at UNH. The change
is a direct result of women outnumbering men by 2-to-1 in the full-time
“Last spring, the Whittemore School restructured its full-time
MBA program from what had been a two-year program to a rigorous,
one-year program. When we started recruiting students, we sought
out graduating seniors or recent graduates with outstanding academic
records – high-potential students who we thought would be
successful in this new, accelerated program. The majority of these
students were honors students, and it turns out, honors programs
traditionally attract more women than men,” said Barry Shore,
professor of decision sciences and academic director of the MBA
According to Lisa MacFarlane, director of the UNH Honors Program,
students admitted to the University Honors Program typically rank
in the top 10 percent of their high school class with combined SAT
scores of 1300 or higher, and will have excelled in all areas of
their secondary school’s most challenging academic curriculum.
More than 1,100 students currently participate in the UNH Honors
Program, which has a 2-to-1 ratio of female (66.5 percent) to male
(33.5 percent) students.
“The University Honors Program challenges students to set
high goals for themselves and many do exactly that. Our students
win prestigious international awards like Fulbright scholarships.
They enter challenging positions upon graduation, such as working
as a National Institute of Mental Health researcher, an Air Force
intelligence officer, or an English teacher in Japan. And many of
our students pursue graduate degrees in high-powered programs like
this one,” MacFarlane said.
“Because this accelerated MBA requires just one more year
of full-time coursework, it was very appealing to many of our students
who followed their intellectual passions as undergraduates and now
want to wrap an MBA around that degree. That combination appeals
to the business community,” she said.
The new one-year full-time MBA program, which is open to all students
with a bachelor’s degree, began in August 2005 and concludes
in June 2006. “This is much more intensive than a two-year
MBA program. Students will have little time for anything else, but
they will earn their degree in a short time, saving more than a
year when compared to most other programs,” Shore said.
The intensive one-year MBA program is an innovative MBA program
that minimizes career interruptions and reduces tuition expenses,
while retaining a strong educational value. It consists of 10 core
courses, including economics, accounting, finance, marketing, information
systems, quantitative decision making, operations and supply chain
management, organizational behavior, organizational design and leadership,
and business strategy. Students also choose a business concentration
from the following areas: financial management, entrepreneurial
venture creation, marketing and supply chain management, and general
For several of this year’s class of full-time MBA students,
their graduate business degree isn’t the final one they will
earn. Four students plan to go to law school and three to medical
school following graduation in June 2006. Most have undergraduate
degrees in the liberal arts.
“We are meeting the needs of students who have achieved exceptional
academic success following the traditional undergraduate path for
four years, and who now would like to spend one more year in school
adding an MBA to their resumes, and thus, opening up more career
choices,” Shore said.
The one-year MBA program is the latest advance in the Whittemore
School’s efforts to provide the most relevant and innovative
academic programs to business school students. The school’s
ongoing efforts have been recognized nationally in the last year:
the Whittemore School was named one of the top 100 graduate business
schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, ranked
by Entrepreneur magazine in the first tier of the top 50
regionally recognized academic programs in the country, and UNH
was named one of the Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges by Forbes.com,
ranking 10th in the nation. The ranking was based largely on the
Whittemore School’s programs.