As is customary at this time of year, the discussion turns towards application volume and how schools fared over the past cycle. While the article featured below points to numerous upticks in volume at leading MBA programs, it’s important to note that the gains are fairly modest – especially when one considers that they come on the heels of down years at many full-time MBA programs.
Harvard brings to six the number of Bloomberg Businessweek’s top 10 full-time MBA programs reporting a surge in applications this year, a sure sign that the three-year decline in applications to top business schools is over. Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management led the pack with a 12 percent increase, followed by the University of Virginia’sDarden School of Business, with an 11 percent jump. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business reported increases of 10 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively.