Choosing the Right MBA Program 

Earning an MBA Degree

There are few things that can have a more positive effect on your career than earning your MBA degree. However, in today’s hyper-competitive business world, earning your MBA degree simply isn’t enough. Now more than ever, where you earn your MBA is a huge factor in determining how effective your graduate degree can be on the future of your career. There are many things to consider when choosing the right MBA program for your future. Factors such as national rankings, accreditations, and schedule flexibility are all things you should consider before choosing which MBA program is right for you.

 Choosing the Right MBA Degree Program

First, it’s important to consider the courses each MBA degree program covers as it relates to your career goals. For most professionals, an MBA degree is a major asset when it comes to career advancement. Marist’s MBA degree program students come from a variety of career backgrounds including accounting, banking, brokerage, engineering, systems analysis, IT, healthcare, human resources, manufacturing, and marketing. This dynamic array of career backgrounds adds depth to our MBA program courses and curriculum, giving students a well-rounded perspective that challenges their thinking.

The next thing to consider when choosing the right MBA program for your future is the concentration and course offerings available. Traditionally, the focus of most MBA programs has been on general business administration with a broad set of responsibilities. As the global market place and world has changed, so too have the responsibilities and diversity of business leaders. This evolving career marketplace is reflected in Marist’s online Master’s in Business Administration. The Marist College online MBA degree focuses on preparing today’s leaders for the unique challenges faced within various career fields. The Marist MBA degree program offers concentrations such as ethical leadership, finance, healthcare administration, and international business to further accelerate your career ascension.

When choosing an MBA program it’s important to consider factors such as accreditations and rankings from highly reputable publications. It’s for all the reasons listed above that Marist’s MBA is an AACSB-accredited college. This accreditation places Marist in exclusive company for MBA programs, and ensures you’re earning a widely respected degree within the industry. In fact, a lot of employers will only consider prospects from AACSB-accredited programs. But our reputation goes far beyond our accreditations. The Marist MBA program was ranked 13th out of 197 programs in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Programs” for 2013, while our School of Management is consistently listed in Princeton Review’s Best 300 Business Schools. Without a doubt, earning your MBA from a widely respected and highly reputable institution is a great way to help set yourself apart from the crowd.

Lastly, we understand that most MBA students are full-time employees looking to earn their MBA in their spare time. When choosing to earn an MBA degree you want to help your career growth, not hinder it, so it’s important to look for a program that’s flexible enough to meet your needs. Marist’s MBA program is 100% online, and allows you to complete your degree on your schedule. Completely structured and interactive, with clear assignments, projects, readings, discussions and deadlines, our virtual classroom will allow you to earn your degree on your own time. Due to the rigorous, intensive nature of most MBA degrees, it’s absolutely vital that you be given the ability to manage your schedule and complete your degree within your own timeline, not ours.

 In all, choosing to earn your MBA degree is one of the biggest decisions you will make within your professional career. Be sure to choose the MBA program that best suits your career goals and education needs.

 

Written by Laura Zurowski

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