Choosing an MBA program may be the most significant step in your career. And with all the options available today, selecting the right course has become an in-depth process. You need to ask tough questions of yourself and your potential schools before you commit to applying. However, decision-making is at the heart of the business graduate's work, so this is an excellent opportunity to practice! Here’s a look at how you can choose the right MBA program for you.
What are the program’s features? Pinpointing exactly why you want an MBA will help you to answer the rest of the questions. For example, you need to ask potential schools how the typical class looks. For example, if you know that you want an MBA to broaden your international network, a school that mainly caters to local students won’t be for you.
Does the program in which you are interested offer inspiring global experiences? A practical international element to your degree will benefit your practice, whether you intend to work internationally or more locally. Observing unfamiliar business approaches and working with people with a different perspective will expand your thinking and equip you with new problem-solving tools and communication methods.
Matching your MBA to your career and home life You should also check the pathways from your shortlisted MBA programs into the career you desire. Does the program have the right industry connections for you? Are the teachers experienced (and connected) professionals? Will the MBA help you to specialize in your preferred aspects and areas of business?
You will also benefit from asking some questions a bit closer to home. Talk with your family or work colleagues and decide if you can afford the time and money for one program or another. Traveling to study, in particular, can get expensive and time-consuming – tiring, too. If you plan to study while raising a family or continuing to work, ask yourself what kind of schedule you need from your course, or whether you should pursue an online MBA.
The best value MBA program Another element of your situation to take into account is your finances. The right MBA is a worthwhile investment, but it needs to complement your economic situation if you are to benefit fully. As a business-minded individual, you will be keen to get good value for money!
What is a good value MBA? It depends on the student. A good value MBA is designed to deliver on your personal goals and prepare you for the career you've planned. You won't need to pad out the program with electives for which you have little use. You will feel that the program's duration is packed with suitable opportunities so that, even if you are not in class, you can attend seminars, network with colleagues, or develop your project in a business incubator.
Consider the long-term rewards for your investment. Does the school provide strong job prospects? A thriving alumni network? Will it help you to develop into an adaptable entrepreneur, capable of navigating whatever future circumstances put in your path?
‘A smart choice for an uncertain future’
With so much to consider while choosing your MBA, it is essential to stay focused on real-world outcomes. Of course, right now, the 'real world' doesn't feel very stable or predictable at all right now, but a good MBA willteach you how to adaptwhen unpredictable challenges occur over the years.
For starters, an MBA prepares you for work across a range of potential industries – pretty much any industry, in fact. The degree will also prepare you to do the best for your businesses in any circumstances, making you just the right person when issues such as the coronavirus pandemic occur.
Developing your soft skills in addition to the hard science of business broadens your prospects, and a diverse network makes it far more likely that as each door closes, another will open.
Mantissa College’s MBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Harrison Jub, says, “I took the 15-month Master of Business Administration course and in the first week, I was discussing the Real Case Study with groups of working professionals from different fields. And so I was learning from real people with real problems. Thanks to the case study based learning approach I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”
Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of case studies in business education. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Master of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders.