Best GMAT Performance: Physics, Math and Engineering Undergraduates, Bottom Half: Hotel, Marketing & Education

GMAC has released the total mean GMAT score for the past five years (2008-12). Except for the year 2008-09, mean GMAT scores have shown consistent improvement. This can be attributed to the large number of online GMAT prep services that have sprung in the market, post the 2008-09 financial crises.  On an average, the total mean GMAT score has increased by 1.5 to 2 points every year, reaching 548.21 during the year 2011-12.

An interesting trend that can be noticed in the 2012 Profile of GMAT Candidates report is the performance of GMAT test takers from various undergraduate degrees. Let us for the sake of argument attribute GMAT scores to have the maximum priority in an MBA application. Here are the observations that we made from the report.

1) Test takers from Physics, Mathematics and Engineering, topped the 5 Year Mean GMAT score with 607.4, 603.4 and 592.8 respectively 

2) Marketing and Education undergraduates were at the bottom of the list with mean total GMAT Scores of 493.2 and 485.8.

3) Test takers from Statistics background showed the maximum growth in Mean GMAT score with mean varying from 486 to 510 in the past 5 years.

4) The group with the maximum negative growth was Art & History undergraduates with the score dipping by over 10 points from the highs of 571 during 2009-16 to 555 in 2011-12.

So where do you stand among your peers?

Mean GMAT Scores  - 5 Years

As a rule of thumb, if your score is 120-150 points above the mean of your undergraduate group, you have a competitive GMAT Score.

Undergraduate Degree5 Year Mean GMAT Score (2008-12)
Physics 607.4
Mathematics 603.4
Other Engineering/Computer Science 588.8
Philosophy 588.2
Computer Science 581.4
Actuarial Science580.4
Operations Management/Production575.4
Statistics 571
Chemistry 567.6
Biological Sciences562
Art History 558.6
Languages 557
Political Science554.4
Finance 553.6
Other Humanities 543.2
Other Science/Math541.4
Other Social Science/Law539
Information Systems Technology 535.4
Medicine/Nursing 527.4
International Business 526.8
Journalism 520
Accounting 517.6
Business Education516.2
Other Fine Arts 509.8
Other Business/Management/Economics505.4
Fine Arts503.2
Management 502.2
Agriculture 498
Hotel Administration 496.6
Other Major/Field of Study494
Marketing 493.2

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)

We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).

Pages: 327


"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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