However, the total national student loan debt continues to increase each year. According to the Education Data Initiative, over half of master's degree holders owe an average of $70,000.
Individuals can enjoy that lucrative salary without substantial student debt. Other financial aid options exist — like scholarships.
Start your scholarship search with our lists below. You can explore academic, identity, and need-based MBA scholarships. Though the 2022 deadlines for some have passed, we chose popular programs likely to open for new applicants in 2023.
The most common MBA scholarships include need and merit-based awards. Some options below require a specific MBA concentration. Other scholarship programs accept applicants from various degree programs.
Amount: $1,000-$10,000 Deadline: February 6, 2023 (application opens September 15, 2022) Eligibility limitations: Full-time graduate student studying business administration, criminal justice, finance, or accounting; taking at least six credit hours; enrolled through 2024; interested in an anti-fraud career
About: Applicants must show interest in fraud examination. They can share career goals, extracurricular activities, or fraud-related interests. Students submit transcripts and recommendation letters with the online application.
Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) scholarships
Amount: $2,000 Deadline: June 2023 Eligibility limitations: Undergraduate/graduate student with a declared major in risk management, finance, economics, management, actuarial science, math, statistics, or business; 3.0 minimum GPA; completed two years of full-time college coursework
About: The AICP requests transcripts and a recommendation letter. Applicants must also write about their plans in the insurance field. Other application materials include a description of extracurricular and academic achievements.
GFOA Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship
Amount: $10,000 Deadline: Application opens fall 2022 Eligibility limitations: Part-time graduate student studying business administration, finance, accounting, economics, or public administration; focused on government; two years of work experience with the local or state government
About: GFOA awards four scholarships. Students must show transcripts and proof of work experience. They should submit recommendation letters from an employer and someone who can confirm their commitment to the public sector.
Amount: $2,000 Deadline: January 31, 2023 Eligibility limitations: Full-time MBA student; 3.25 minimum GPA
About: Students complete an online application form through the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. While not required, applicants can include GRE scores with their transcripts. The scholarship is a one-time award, but recipients can reapply each year.
Many scholarships serve students with a particular identity. The following list includes identity-based scholarships that benefit specific groups.
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) scholarships
Amount: Varies Deadline: May 2023 Eligibility limitations: ALPFA premium member; full-time undergraduate/graduate student; 3.0 minimum GPA; any major
About: ALPFA scholarships amount vary. Donors include Bank of America and Deloitte. Applicants must submit an online application and essays. Scholarships sponsored by individuals may require extra application materials.
Amount: Full tuition and fees Deadline: October 15, 2022 (early application); January 5, 2023 (traditional application) Eligibility limitations: U.S. citizens with a four-year bachelor's degree; any race or ethnicity, but committed to increasing representation of Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans in MBA degrees and management positions
About: The Consortium allows students to apply to six MBA programs at once. Upon acceptance, The Consortium considers applicants for membership and full tuition benefits.
Amount: $10,000 Deadline: Application opens fall 2022 Eligibility limitations: Minority student studying business administration, accounting, public administration, political science, finance, or economics; focused on nonprofit or government management
About: Applicants must submit transcripts showing excellent academic performance. They also need a recommendation letter that proves their commitment to public government.
Amount: $9,000 Deadline: July 31, 2022 Eligibility limitations: Active NBMBAA member; 3.0 minimum GPA; full-time master's degree student; MBA concentration in supply chain management or data science; active in the community
About: PPG awards two scholarships to students. Recipients demonstrate academic excellence and community involvement. Students complete an online application. They must show their experience with data science or supply chain management.
Amount: $20,000; free registration for Reaching Out and professional development events Deadline: Varies Eligibility limitations: LGBTQ+ individuals and allies; attending or planning to attend a ROMBA Fellowship school; MBA students or candidates
About: Students must be nominated by their school. While they cannot apply directly, they can fill out an online form expressing interest in becoming a fellow. Individuals must show academic excellence and passion for leading the LGBTQ+ community.
Amount: $5,000-$18,000 Deadline: December 1, 2022 (application opens August 1, 2022) Eligibility limitations: Woman of color pursuing an MBA, law degree, or doctorate in medicine; full-time student; identifies as Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or Latina
About: Applicants must prove academic excellence and financial need. They submit a proposal explaining why they want to pursue their degree and how they will use it to advance women. AAUW also requests transcripts and recommendation letters.
Amount: Varies Deadline: Varies Eligibility limitations: Woman MBA degree candidate; studying at a partner school; committed to advancing women; exceptional leadership skills
About: The partner institutions select Forté fellows. Recipients enjoy conferences, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Each fellow must act as a Forté ambassador at her school and promote the advancement of women in business.
Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 Deadline: Varies — generally between April and June Eligibility limitations: Woman studying a business program with an approved specialization; undergraduate (no first-year applicants) or graduate student; studies or lives in a Zonta district/region
About: Students apply directly through their local Zonta club. Each club then nominates one candidate for the 37 available international scholarships.
As an international MBA student, you can apply for various scholarships through governmental agencies or corporations. The following options offer full or partial funding.
Keep in mind that some scholarships have residential restrictions.
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) International Scholarship Program
Amount: Tuition and living expenses (50% grant, 50% loan) Deadline: March 2023 (exact dates vary by country); application opens January 2023 Eligibility limitations: Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, or Uganda; academic excellence
About: Applicants must show potential for success in a foreign program. They also submit their career goals. Students' plans and studies should align with one of AKDN's focus areas. Two examples include financial inclusion and enterprise development.
About: Each country manages the Fulbright scholarship differently. Students select their country on the Fulbright website for application details. In some countries, the application is available through the U.S. embassy website.
Onsi Sawiris scholarship program from Orascom Construction
Amount: Full tuition, travel, living expenses, health insurance, and materials Deadline: July 31, 2022 Eligibility limitations: Potential Egyptian graduate student at approved U.S. university; studying business administration, construction management, or engineering; 3 years minimum work experience; 650 minimum GMAT score; 100 minimum TOEFL iBT score; 3.5 minimum GPA
About: Orascom Construction looks for candidates who have not spent an extended time abroad and who wish to return to Egypt. Applicants submit test scores, recommendation letters, and a resume.
Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) International Peace Scholarship
Amount: Up to $12,500 Deadline: March 1, 2023 (enrolled graduate students); April 1, 2023 (students not yet enrolled) Eligibility limitations: Woman from outside the U.S. and Canada looking to study within the U.S. or Canada; has at least one year left of study
About: The PEO determines scholarship amount based on financial need. Students should include proof of financial need. They must also show how they will use their education to promote global peace.