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Is Business School Right For You?

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Step 3: How Available Are You?


B-school programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can often be tailored to fit your needs. Schools know prospective students hail from all walks of life in various stages of their careers and they try to be as accessible as possible.

Take a look at your options:

Full Time – This path is a good choice for people considering a career transition or students fresh out of college. While this is the most rigorous track, you’ll enjoy a more well-rounded education and benefit from being around classmates, teachers and staff. However, the tuition is often higher and students are often required to leave their professional positions to make it work. You’ll likely earn your degree in two years, though there are a few one-year programs. It’s also the most costly.

Part Time – If you’re fairly happy with the way your career is shaping up and can’t afford to shell out a load of money at once, part time is where it’s at. You’ll likely head to class in the evening or on weekends but follow the same curriculum as your full-time counterparts. Just keep in mind – juggling school and a hectic job can be stressful. You can bank on earning your degree in five years or less, depending on your schedule.

Online Classes/Distance Learning – More and more business schools are buying into the value of online degrees. You’ll have course material and faculty at your fingertips with the flexibility of working at your own pace. You can expect a diploma in anywhere from one to three years at a cheaper price tag. However, most top b-schools don’t offer this alternative. It’s great for people looking to develop skills needed in their current jobs or for those who can’t risk unemployment.

Executive MBALike the online option, EMBA’ers are often further up the ladder and seek to augment skills and knowledge. Typical students have three to five year’s experience. You can expect to take classes on the weekend. The kicker? The majority of degree seekers are sponsored by their companies. Free ride!

Dual Degree Program – Super clever (and ambitious) and looking to get more bang for your buck? The Dual Degree Program lets you earn your MBA alongside another advanced degree in less time it would take to complete them separately. Commons pairings include, law, public policy, education, international studies, engineering, and medicine.

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