If you are looking to continue your business education and obtain an MBA degree, chances are you have put a lot of thought into where you are going to school, how you are paying for your education, how long you will be in school, etc. In the whirlwind that is graduate school though, it is easy to forget a few of the important decisions that you will need to make when considering an MBA degree program.
- Online or Campus Based?
- Scholarships, Financial Aid, Grants
- Academic Time Line
- Find A School and Program That Fits Your Needs
These are two ways that you can earn your MBA degree. Depending on your lifestyle and how you choose to learn, you can easily decide which option would be best for you. If you are a parent, have a full time job, don’t have a lot of time to sit in class or just like to work alone, you may want to choose an flexible online degree program. If you are better at learning face to face with a professor, enjoy classroom interaction and enjoy being in group settings, you will certainly want to choose the campus based degree program. Another thing to consider is the time commitment when it comes to online vs. campus based MBA programs. You should take into consideration the traveling time, gas, studying and homework time for both kinds of learning.
Not having enough money is never an excuse to delay your education. Make sure you do your research and find the best scholarships out there. There are plenty for business students planning to continue their education towards an MBA degree. There may even be specific ones for someone planning on obtaining an MBA specifically online or specifically all in a campus based setting. Also, you can never go wrong with Financial Aid and Grants, which is free money given to you by the government to continue your education.
Different MBA programs have different academic time lines. Some MBA programs take two academic years, which is 16 to 20 months. Others take only a year and a half to one year. Online degrees can make the time involved longer or shorter. You can choose to do part-time online, which is nice if you have other commitments. The downside is that the MBA can take you twice the time to obtain. You can also accelerate up your MBA degree by obtaining it online by taking more courses at once and finishing in half the time estimated.
There are many MBA programs in the world, and each is different than the other. Students should choose which program and school to go to based on the specific wants for their future career. Which school will give you the experience you need for your future? Which program will offer more programs concentrated on the specific skill you wish to learn? Does the school you are considering help you find internships? Do they offer networking opportunities when it comes time to find a job? These are very important things to ask yourself.
There is no doubt that choosing the right MBA Degree program for you is not a simple task. All you can do is breathe easy and rest assured that if you consider all the possibilities and decide what options are best for you, you will find the perfect program to fit all your needs.
This is a guest post by Kathy St. George. Kathy is an education specialist for 866MyMajor, a free college guide for students looking for the best program and school to fit their needs.