If you’ve determined that an MBA is the next step in your career path, you now need to identify which type of program you want to enroll in.
Should you leave your current job for one year or two to attend an MBA program full-time, or keep your job and attend a part-time program? Are you better suited for an Executive MBA? What about online programs?
To help you get started, here’s a brief overview of the various types of MBA programs:
- Full-time MBA Programs: These programs typically run two years or four semesters and involve an internship the summer in between.
- Accelerated MBA Programs: These programs are also full-time, but are often condensed into 12-to-16 months.
- Part-time MBA Programs: These programs typically take three or more years to complete, but the class schedule is more flexible with evening and/or weekend courses to help students maintain ongoing employment.
- Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs: These program are typically targeted to professionals with least eight years of professional experience. Similarly, the class schedule is more flexible with evening and/or weekend coursework to accomodate the students’ careers.
- Online MBA Programs: These programs are best for professionals who want or need to work from home and/or follow on a more personalized schedule.
No matter which program you are considering, you should consider other key factors, including admissions requirements, time commitment, program costs, and your career goals and direction.
In addition to different types of programs, there are also many different types of business disciplines in which you can concentrate during your MBA, including:
- Brand Management
- General Management
- Global Management
- Human Resources Management
- Information Systems
- Marketing & Strategy
- Operations & Supply Chain Management
- Strategic/Risk Management
- Technology Management
- And more…
Make sure the specific programs you investigate offer the disciplines in which you are most interested and that will support your career progression most effectively.