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Humanities Majors and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A relatively small proportion of humanities majors go on to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—the principle test for entry into advanced levels of study in business—but students from the humanities who do take the test score better on average than business majors.

Findings and Trends

  • Among all bachelor’s recipients, humanities majors are the least likely to take the GMAT, constituting 4–6% of all examinees over the 2000–2009 time period (Indicator III-5a).
  • From 2000 to 2009, students with humanities degrees performed better than business majors, on average, and approximately as well as social and natural science majors (Indicator III-5b).
III-5a: Graduate Management Admission Test Examinees’ Fields of Undergraduate Study, 2000–2009
Source: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAT), “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 1999–00 to 2003–04” and “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 2004–05 to 2008–09,” http://www.gmac.com/market-intelligence-and-research/research-library/gmat-test-taker-data?t=gmat-test-taker-data.
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III-5b: Graduate Management Admission Test Mean Total Score,* by Examinee’s Field of Undergraduate Major, 2000–2009

* The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores and thus reflects a student’s overall performance on the multiple-choice sections of the test. The scoring scale extends from 200 to 800.

Source: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAT), “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 1999–00 to 2003–04” and “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 2004–05 to 2008–09,” http://www.gmac.com/market-intelligence-and-research/research-library/gmat-test-taker-data.aspx.

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