An MBA or Master of Business Administration is a graduate degree focused on understanding the nature of the managerial role and analyzing broad trends from the world of business. Classes focus on areas such as data analysis, leadership, communication, marketing, economics, finance and decision making. Here is some information to help you answer the question “Should I get an MBA?”
Is getting an MBA the right choice for me?
Many MBA programs focus on leadership. Often students are already in a place of “power” and want to sharpen their skills. Some also want to move up in their career field and the MBA sets them apart from other applicants. Other students enjoy learning, and the MBA is a logical step in their journey.
Do you need an undergraduate business degree?
Many MBA students have a business background. Others have found themselves in a business setting where an MBA compliments their work experience to make them a stronger employee. Students without a business background may find some of the coursework more challenging because they have not been exposed to the material in their undergraduate experience. However, students can plan ahead knowing they may need a little extra time each week to work through the material.
Is work experience required?
MBA students come from a variety of backgrounds. Students with no full-time work experience still have experiences to share from their part time positions, athletic participation or other club/organizational experiences. They bring a perspective of a new hire to the class that can change the perspective of career-heavy students. This allows both parties to grow and look at the course material with a new perspective as they share their varying experiences and understanding.
Do you need to take the GMAT?
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is a standardized entrance exam. Business schools require it as part of an application to MBA programs. However, this requirement is program dependent. Check with the admissions team with the programs you are interested in to learn more about their admissions criteria.
Should I take classes in-person or pursue an online MBA?
This is completely up to the student’s learning style. Some programs are a mix of both using Zoom or other videoconferencing platforms to meet for genuine conversation between students while providing the benefits of remote learning. Students grow to appreciate working with their cohort in this environment. They often hold study sessions outside of class because it allows them time to talk with one another, build their network of support and ultimately succeed in their coursework.
At Bluffton University…
Bluffton’s Master of Business Administration is focused on helping students understand management and leadership from different perspectives and develop the breadth of knowledge needed to interact with various business disciplines such as accounting and marketing. The program’s foundation in leadership will help you achieve your professional goals.
12 or 22-month completion options are available during classes held weekly via Zoom. The GMAT is not necessary for acceptance.
Bluffton’s graduate programs were recently recognized by “Ohio Business” magazine’s Best in Ohio Business Awards for Best Graduate School Program. Learn more about Bluffton’s MBA from one of our graduates!
Written by Brienne Sprunger, director of MBA programs, and Tricia Bell, content manager