Women in the MBA

The BYU Marriott MBA is a nurturing place for women to further develop, compete, and thrive. We develop powerful and strong women to face tomorrow’s challenges.


  • Study/life balance in the program: Like our students, the professors and program administrators share the belief that family comes first. For this reason, BYU Marriott’s MBA program offers a healthy balance of rigorous studies with personal and family time.
  • Family friendly: For 13 consecutive years, the Princeton Review has recognized the BYU Marriott MBA as the “Most Family-Friendly MBA” in the United States.
  • Empowering: MBA-educated women are highly sought after by employers, which empowers our women graduates to gain high levels of employment or negotiate ideal working conditions. 
  • High value: The MBA program is recognized as being very high quality while at the same time being reasonably priced through Church funding. This allows students to graduate with little to no debt while earning a high salary right out of the program.

No, and currently the opposite is true. Most major employers value diversity in the workforce and want to hire more women; especially in fields where nearly all workers are male. There are career fairs exclusively for women, and some employers come to campus asking to meet with women in the MBA program.

The admission requirements are the same for men and women.

An MBA is an investment not only in your future career, but in your personal leadership ability, opportunity to make a positive impact, and capacity to have great confidence in knowing your personal and professional value.

Career: An MBA helps put you on a leadership track in your chosen field and gives you strong earning potential, plus the skills to lead in today’s integrated economy.

Networking and Relationships: One of the best takeaways from BYU Marriott’s MBA is a network of colleagues and friends who you can turn to for advice, opportunities, support, and more. From alumni and professors to students and recruiters, you’ll meet, befriend, and learn from a diverse set of professionals and individuals.

Personal Growth and Leadership: An MBA is a challenging endeavor that gives most students the opportunity to test their mettle and skills, coming out with greater confidence that they can succeed at hard things. There’s also ample opportunity to take on new leadership roles, from leading one of our many student clubs to working with Career Services as a career advisor (mentor) for other students.

Positive Impact: An MBA is a tool for social change and for making a positive impact, whether it’s in a business, community organization, religious institution, or socially minded entity.

Confidence and Value: An MBA gives its holder automatic credibility and a greater confidence in the value of his or her contributions, as well as better awareness of what opportunities exist and market value in terms of salary and compensation.

The BYU Marriott MBA is one of the highest value and highest quality MBAs on the market. It is consistently ranked in the top five MBA programs for highest ROI. Undergirding this is the financial ROI of the BYU Marriott MBA.

The BYU Marriott MBA costs approximately 25% of what other top MBAs cost – leaving graduates the flexibility to work in whichever sector or structure they choose without the weight of significant debt. BYU students graduate on average with $23,000 in debt or less compared to average debt of $70,000-$110,000 for similarly ranked programs. The average salary post-MBA for BYU graduates is $110,000, often doubling what many students were earning prior to the program

Additionally, there are many ways to make an MBA affordable for students in the BYU Marriott MBA program. The majority of students work paid internships after their first year, earning between $20-$50 per hour for a earnings of $8,000-20,000 during the summer. Many students participate in the dozens of on-campus case competitions, where prize earnings often range from $200-$5000 per person or team.

For cost estimates (single, married, LDS, or non-LDS), please see this page.

BYU Marriott MBA student mothers are a valued part of each MBA class. Many mothers have successfully pursued the MBA at different stages, from having a two-month-old baby to being a mother of six teenaged children.

Resources for student mothers at BYU include:

If you are a mother or mother-to-be and have additional questions, please connect with us to discuss your options, be connected with other MBA moms, and get additional resources.

BYU Marriott MBA students benefit from the robust presence of the Women in Management (WIM) club, the prominent BYU Marriott women’s affiliate group. WIM’s mission is to provide professional development, networking opportunities, and support for women in BYU Marriott graduate programs. The club prepares women to make contributions in their future careers and to successfully manage the unique challenges and opportunities of being a woman in the business world.

A male ally group, HeForShe, is also part of the Women in Management organization. This group supports men in developing their ability to advocate for, support, and effectively learn from and mentor women through discussions, activities, and lectures.

Yes, and most have been successful in completing the program and balancing family life. Being divorced, widowed, or separated makes no difference in the eyes of your classmates or professors.

The BYU Marriott MBA program leverages the diverse professional backgrounds of its students. About half of BYU Marriott MBA students have an undergraduate degree in business or finance. While quality professional experience (minimum of two years, average of four) is required for admittance to the BYU Marriott MBA program, the makeup of that experience is often unique to each student. From working in a nonprofit or being a journalist to managing global retail operations or working as a medical professional, the unique backgrounds and leadership journeys of each student strengthen the MBA education.

Every MBA student takes core classes for the first one and a half semesters; for the last two and a half semesters, students take electives of their choice. Significant support for succeeding in the core classes of finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, leadership, operations, strategy, and ethics is available through your core teammates, professors, teaching assistants, fellow students, and many other avenues. Support for recruiting also exists through our unique mentorship program and collaborative culture in the BYU Marriott MBA program.

The BYU Marriott MBA program accepts either the GRE or GMAT, although the GMAT is preferred. The LSAT or other graduate admissions test are not sufficient alone. To be a competitive applicant, students should score above an 640 and we recommend you apply if you’re above 620. The average GMAT at BYU is 670.

The GMAT can be daunting for many students, but it is only one step along your journey to successfully completing an MBA. Many students without strong math backgrounds have performed well on the GMAT due to their preparation. To prepare, many students take a class (online or in person), use study books, or work with a tutor. Taking multiple practice tests is one of the best efforts for success on the GMAT, as is having a can-do attitude and seeking support.

Please contact us if you need assistance (financial, guidance, or other) with preparing for the GMAT.

The short answer is: when it’s right for you. Our research shows that for women more than men, the timing of pursuing an MBA is a highly personal matter. Some of these decision points may be when you want to:

  • Move up from or around your current role when no other options exist
  • Learn more about how businesses are run, how to start a business, or how business contributes positively to society
  • Build connections with people who are smart and driven
  • Make a career switch or increase your earning potential
  • Learn the leadership skills to contribute in an organization or movement

We recommend that you have at least three years of formal work experience. Having worked in a professional environment can immensely enhance your experience in classes because you have a valid frame of reference to which your education is applied. However, there are exceptions to this three year recommendation—please contact us if you have questions about whether the time is right for you.

The BYU Marriott MBA program is unique among top-rated MBAs given the number of mothers and fathers in the program. Incoming classes vary year to year, but usually about a third to a half of MBA students are also parents.

Several female students have given birth immediately prior to, during, or immediately after the program. Administration members from the BYU Marriott MBA program are committed to ensuring the success of women and mothers in the program and are willing to work with students and applicants on an individual basis as needed for support and accommodations. If needed, students may be able to take a personal leave between years or extend their MBA for a third year to finish their required sixty-four credits.

The BYU Marriott MBA program is committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and ensuring all students feel valued and respected. BYU recognizes that gender inequalities still exist both in the business world and other settings, including business school, but is committed to making improvements. Professors, student leaders, and administration give great thought and action to ensuring that the BYU Marriott MBA program is a great place for women to pursue their MBA.

Firms that recruit from the BYU Marriott MBA program are looking for strong female talent as they strive to develop diverse and inclusive teams and cultures and hire the best candidates overall. There’s never been a better time to be a woman in business or in business school.

While this is again a personal question, students ultimately have control over their time and experience in the MBA program. The MBA Singles Association provides many activities to support single students in connecting with others (both in and out of the program). While the first semester of the MBA is designed to be intensive in class load, recruiting, and other activities, there is greater flexibility in the schedule of the final three semesters. Many MBA students look back on their social relationships (friends, dating partners, and colleagues) as one of the best opportunities to emerge from the MBA. In true BYU fashion, the MBA usually sees at least one marriage between MBA students each year.

If you still have questions or want to learn more about the BYU Marriott MBA program, please feel free to contact us in the way that best suits you.

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