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Eight Reasons to Get an MBA Now

Eight Reasons to Get an MBA Now

Ever thought of getting an MBA? Here are eight reasons that might push you to take that step.

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1. Today’s flexible programs make enrollment easy. Degrees or certificate programs can be completed in as little as one day to two years. Weekend or evening classes, summer sessions, Internet courses, distance learning, open enrollment, and full-time modules accommodate busy professionals. Harvard Business School (HBS) offers Forty-five Executive Education programs, and Rutgers University offers a 12-week Mini-MBA certificate. And many top schools now have multiple campuses. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has a campus in San Francisco, and Columbia Business School merged resources with the University of California’s Haas School to create the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program.

2. The MBA network never stops growing–and neither should yours. Business education introduces students and alumnae to a diversified world of organizations, business leaders, and outstanding colleagues around the globe. A particular college network can boast tens of thousands of alums (HBS has more than 65,000 alums and Wharton has 81,000) all representing an enormous network of knowledge and opportunity.

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3. Business courses are more diversified than ever. As business topics become more heterogeneous, schools are offering courses that are increasingly applicable to the business world. Colleges like Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management offers training in specific programs like “Fundraising and Marketing,” “Performance Counts!” and a targeted “Women’s Senior Leadership Program.” Emory University’s Goizueta Business School teams up with corporations like The Home Depot to create customized leadership and development programs.

4. Business skills deliver success in the office–and in life A business degree rewards graduates with both quantitative and qualitative skills. A general curriculum will include the essentials of business: finance, operations, marketing, accounting, and economics. But it also teaches negotiation, communication, governance, teamwork and ethics, valuable skills for aspects of life.

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