So you have your Bachelor’s degree and while that is a great accomplishment in itself, you have a pining desire to continue your education and pursue a graduate degree.
A Master’s degree in what though? Well, first take a look at the options that could possibly stem from your undergraduate degree. Do you fear that earning a graduate degree in the same major that you got your Bachelor’s degree in will not pay off in the future in terms of employment and financial opportunities? I have an idea! You can earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Is your next biggest concern, after the trouble of choosing a field of study, trying to find the time and money for this pursuit? Well, you can opt for an online MBA program. Often times, online degree programs tend to be a little kinder to your bank account in addition to letting you work at your own pace on your own time.
GradSchools.com refers to an MBA degree as “the great equalizer” because individuals of all undergraduate backgrounds can enroll into such a program. An MBA is a rather versatile degree, and the business programs will teach and train students all they need to know in order to apply themselves to the business world. Think of this as a fresh start in pursuing a degree that can lead to greater career opportunities which can potentially lead to a more prestigious title or a cushier salary. Don’t completely disregard your Bachelor’s degree, though since you never know when you may need to rely on it!
There is a menu of MBA programs to choose from aside from the online program, which is probably the most flexible of them all. Some of the main selections include: the most common full-time 2 year program, a 1 year accelerated program, a part-time program (about 3 years), an Executive Program (for those with several years of working experience), and a dual program, which combines an MBA with a Master’s degree in an additional subject.
Okay, so you know that you are going to pursue an online MBA, but did you know that you can narrow down your options even more if you choose a concentration to specialize in? While general programs cover an array of areas such as finance, accounting, operations management and marketing, you can pick a field to zero in on such as entrepreneurship, project management or human resources if you so wish. The choices are endless.
What is most important is that you dig deep and obtain some real-life experience through either an internship or a job that allows you to apply your knowledge to actual situations that call upon your acquired skills. When you seek out an MBA program, find one that combines theory with practical, real-world experience in your field, notes GradSchools.com.
*guest blog post by Whitney Goldbach