If you are in the position to weigh out your options when it comes to choosing a graduate business program, then you might be confused at everything available to you. Need some guidance? Here are seven things to look for when choosing a graduate business program:
Accreditation. These days, there are a lot of schools out there offering graduate business degree programs, and not all of them are reputable. This is especially true with correspondence programs, which are not as well regulated as more established schools and programs. Be sure to verify that your school of choice is accredited as a recognized institution by an organization like the AACSB, as this indicates that the program’s curriculum is in line with industry standards.
Faculty. Your mentors have a great impact on your educational success, and you therefore need to research the faculty of any business program you are considering. Who are the people who will be teaching you? What is there experience, and what are their accomplishments and affiliations?
International rankings. Where do the schools you are considering fall in terms of business program quality? You can easily research international rankings online and compare schools side by side to determine which are statistically the most successful at graduating students.
Employability. In addition to ranking high in regards to graduation, a great graduate business program will graduate students who are able to acquire employment upon graduation. A program that is recognized as high quality will naturally produce better employability options for its students, so research the statistics.
Corporate recruiting. Generally speaking, schools that offer graduate business programs are involved in a network of corporate entities that continuously recruit employees from their student population. If you have a particular career field and/or company in mind that you’d like to work for, then you should find a school associated with that company.
Alumni network. Are the alumni leaders in their industries? On top of that, how available are they to you for mentorship and opportunity. A great business program will have a system in place to involve you in the alumni network, and high quality alumni at that.
Flexibility. As more and more adults with families return to school while juggling employment, more and more colleges are offering flexible schedules to meet the needs of adult students with scheduling limitations. Find a program that offers the type of scheduling you need, according to your lifestyle.
As you can see, there are a number of things you need to consider when choosing a graduate business program. Follow these steps to find a great fit for you.
About the Author: Fidel Mobilia just went on his third graudate program interview pending the results of his GMAT preparation and exam. He hopes to graduate with his MBA and start his own technology business.