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How to choose an MBA program that's right for you

Choosing the right MBA program is a big challenge, but, we’re going to make it easy by giving you 5 key factors to consider when making this life-changing decision.
BY BrainGain Magazine Staff Writer |   16-08-2018

How to choose an MBA Program

Once you decide that the next step for you is an MBA, then choosing the right MBA program becomes a priority. The main thing to think about when choosing an MBA School is the fit. Schools have different admission criteria depending on the course, students, culture, and so on. It is always a good idea to visit the school and learn about the environment, ambience, student culture, the pattern of teaching, syllabus and other things.

Tips on choosing an MBA program:

These handy tips will help you to choose the one that’s right for you.

  • Program
    The core importance for choosing an MBA is its program. You should check the electives that the college is offering, the program syllabus – whether it is in sync with industry trends, the teaching methodology, and so on.

     
  • Faculty
    Faculty of the schools should not only be popular but also approachable. Apart from the class lectures, they should be available for clearing further doubts and providing a practical direction to students. The right faculty can make a world of difference to learning outcomes.

     
  • International exposure
    It is very important to understand whether or not a school has an international approach to curriculum and outcomes. An MBA graduate is expected to be able to work with global clients and partners. So, the student should look for an MBA program which allows them to work on various international opportunities like placements and field trips. They should also have visiting and/or full-time faculty who are international experts. Another element you might consider is study abroad semesters, the diversity of the student body.

     
  • Ranking and recognition
    Business school rankings play an important role in choosing the right MBA program and institute. There are various rankings available online which list schools based on the curriculum, placements, hostel facilities, faculty and so on. The better the ranking of the schools the more opportunities for students to grow. A few well-known rankings are published by US News, Financial Times and Poets & Quants.

     
  • Career opportunities
    Industry – academic partnerships are a key metric for measuring institutional excellence. One of the ways to see how closely your school is linked with the industry is by checking the internship and research opportunities as well as student placements. If you see that alumni are consistently hired by great businesses and firms, you know that the school will deliver a great return on your investment.


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