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What to Look for in an Online MBA Program

When evaluating an online MBA program, students need to consider the school, their career goals and their personal circumstances. For example, many prospective students are working professionals who realize that a Master of Business Administration degree will help them reach their career goals. These professionals probably know where they want to take their careers, and since they are likely to keep working while earning their degrees, the structure of online classes is important.

Will the online MBA program work with my schedule?

Students who will continue working throughout all or part of their degree program need flexibility. Working professionals with demanding schedules may want lighter course loads. Conversely, when their professional responsibilities are lighter, they may want to devote more time to their coursework. Students should determine if their prospective online MBA program will allow them the flexibility they need before they enroll.

Do the classes and instructors align with my interests?

Prospective students should also evaluate the curriculum of any program to ensure that it covers the areas that are most important to them. Often, working professionals know how they would like their careers to develop, so it is critical that their degree programs meet their professional needs. For example, a student interested in growing his or her career in marketing may want to find a program that offers an MBA with a marketing concentration.

Is the college accredited?

The rapid growth of online coursework brought with it some programs that are not accredited by a recognized body. There are a number of accrediting agencies prospective students can rely on when evaluating programs, and some of these have areas of specialization. For example, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a well-known agency that accredits business schools around the globe. Students pursuing degree programs in accredited colleges and universities know that their schools have met a set of recognized standards in areas such as curriculum, faculty and teaching effectiveness.

Is the program forward-looking?

There is no question that wired globalization has transformed business, and the new models require new skill sets from tomorrow’s leaders. In this environment, it is important to examine the curriculum of any online MBA program to ensure that it covers issues like globalization and advanced marketing.

When prospective online MBA program students take the time to consider their career goals and seek out the programs that best match their interests, they position themselves for professional opportunities, personal satisfaction and high earning potential.

Learn more about the UT Tyler online MBA program.


U.S. News & World Report: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Online MBA Program

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