What are the different types of course?
MBA courses can be full-time or part-time; modular or through distant learning. Full-time courses usually last a year, while part-time courses, which offer students the chance to integrate studies with employment, average two or three years.
Most MBA providers will offer a variety of courses, from general MBA courses for any businessperson, to executive MBA courses for top level professionals and specialist courses for those in niche industry.
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Can I get financial assistance?
Company sponsorship is the most popular method of taking an MBA. Surveys show that 50 per cent of MBA students have all fees paid by their employers, and only 16 per cent report no financial assistance at all. Find out more about MBA funding.
Can I go straight into an MBA after graduation?
In the case of most postgraduate qualifications, you can move straight on from a first degree to a postgraduate course. While it is not impossible to take an MBA in this way, it is certainly not advisable – you will benefit far more from the course if you've worked first. In fact, in a lot of cases a number of years of work experience is required to even get a place.
What qualifications do I need?
Many MBA course applicants will already have an undergraduate degree, but the most important criteria is experience. Executive MBA courses generally require the applicant to have had 6-7 years of top level management experience. The level of previous experience and qualifications you need will depend on whether you study in America, Europe, Asia or othe regions.
Applicants are also usually required to take an entrance exam – the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT includes tests in numeracy, literacy, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Non-English-speaking applicants are also required to take an English language test.
When do I need to apply?
Most, but not all, business school years run from September or October. Although the deadline for applications is generally April or May it is advisable to get your application in at the beginning of the calendar year in which you want to begin studying. Part-time and distance learning MBAs tend to begin in January so you should think about applying for these about six months prior to that.
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How important is accreditation?
The reputation of the university from which your MBA will be gained is crucial. Employers don’t simply ask whether an applicant has an MBA – they also want to know where it came from. Accreditation by a world recognised body such as EQUIS, AACSB or AMBA is crucial.
Accreditation by at least one body gives an indication of the standing of the business school and its academic excellence.
What will I study?
Whatever type of MBA you opt for, the core modules will consist of both basic business skills (about one-third of the course) and electives. As a general rule, core courses should cover managerial economics, financial and management accounting, marketing, quantitative methods, human resource management, operations management, information systems and business strategy. Increasingly universities are offering specialist MBAs, but these core subjects still form the basis of the course.
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