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Coronavirus: One In Three Business School Candidates Consider Delaying Degree

Read our April 9 coronavirus roundup, as nearly one-third of b-school candidates say they are considering delaying pursuit of an MBA or business master's degree

By  Business Because

Thu Apr 9 2020


April 9 Roundup

One-Third Of Business School Candidates Consider Delaying Degrees

Nearly one-third of candidates are considering delaying their pursuit of an MBA or business master’s degree because of coronavirus. That’s according to data from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Data was collated between March 4th and 31st. 

Of the 482 individuals who responded to the survey questions related to COVID-19 and its impact on their pursuit of graduate business education, 29% said they are considering delaying their plans.

35% plan to delay by six months or less, and 30% said they were planning to delay by seven-and-12 months. Only 14% are thinking of delaying by more than a year.

Elsewhere in the survey, in the second half of March, 35% of respondents said they were very or extremely concerned about their future pursuit of graduate business school. That’s compared with just 13% in the first half of the month. 

However, very few candidates are considering abandoning their pursuit of a graduate business degree altogether.

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Betty Chu, a 2013 MBA graduate from the Michigan Ross School of Business, is leading the Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) fight against COVID-19.

She says she starts her day as the incident commander for HFSF at 5am. COVID-19 is on her mind all day. It’s a far cry from her usual day to day, as the organization’s senior vice president, associate chief clinical officer, and chief quality officer.

The leadership skills she developed on the MBA have really been put to the test. When coronavirus cases first began appearing in China, Betty and her team began planning and holding daily huddles with specialists to discuss how they would fight an outbreak in the US.

When that day came, Betty was put at the center of the incident command structure developed for the health system, and she led her team in putting together the emergency response plan.