Feb 1, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Good news for global MBA programs: according to its 2016 Application and Enrollment Report, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) reported a 5 percent increase in applications to global business schools. London-based AMBA, one of three accrediting bodies for business schools focuses exclusively on postgraduate management education.  What did AMBA measure?  Intake and graduation numbers for 2015, with submissions from 92 percent of AMBA-accredited institutions offering data—that’s 218 schools across 70 countries on 6 continents. 

Between 2011- and 2015, AMBA noted an overall 13 percent drop worldwide, suggesting tight competition for coveted spots.  Why the uptick in 2016?  The world’s not getting any easier.  Political developments in the UK and the US have international students considering alternative destinations and other places in the world have seen a dramatic interest and demand for quality business education. Despite these uncertainties, AMBA programs in North America and the UK report that 72 percent and 71 percent, respectively, of its applications from international students.  Of those, North America reported 60 percent international enrollments, and the UK 59 percent. 

There’s more: B- schools in Western Europe witnessed a 29 percent increase in applications between 2014 and 2015.  That part-time MBA you’ve been considering?  It’s the most popular format for studying at AMBA-accredited MBA courses in the world, with 34 percent of all part-time enrollments in China, and 23 percent in Latin America. Oceania witnessed a 45.7 percent increase in global MBA applications and a 21.3 percent increase in enrollments. 

What does it all mean?  Regions associated with traditional, long-standing B-schools are popular destinations for students.  Regions close to Asia—like those in Australia and other parts of Oceania—are also popular because of their proximity to emerging markets.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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