5 Signs You Are A Good Candidate for Earning an Online MBA

Top-Ranked UA Eller College of Management Introduces Four New Online MBA Concentrations – Oct. 5 is next application deadline

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/20/2015, 7:15 p.m.
There’s no doubt that our fast-paced culture has shaped how and when people choose to pursue a higher education. In ...
Paige Bausman, director of the Executive and Online MBA programs

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 20, 2015 – There’s no doubt that our fast-paced culture has shaped how and when people choose to pursue a higher education. In 1989, there were just three universities offering an online MBA program, while today, students can choose from several hundred options. How can you tell which option is best and if you’re even a good candidate for an online MBA program?

Paige Bausman, director of the Executive and Online MBA programs at the top-ranked University of Arizona Eller College of Management in Tucson, Arizona, said students choose UA Eller for many reasons. “The majority of our online MBA students enroll because of Eller’s outstanding reputation and strength in MIS and Entrepreneurship” she said. “They also appreciate our multiple start dates throughout the year.”

But don’t assume the online program will be easier than taking classes in person. Bausman offers five signs for assessing if you are a good candidate to earn an online MBA.

1) You have a keen interest in business. Many pursue their MBA to round out or enhance their pre-existing business knowledge, switch careers, or increase their opportunities for promotion at work. An MBA is flexible in that it is well-suited for a variety of professions.

2) You need flexibility but you’re good with time management. One of the benefits of pursuing an online MBA is that you can take the courses anytime and anywhere as long as you have a reliable Internet connection. And, if you’re organized and dedicated, you could earn your MBA in less time than it would take in an on-ground program. Being disciplined and working effectively is a must, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Realistically, it’s best to plan on allocating 15 to 20 hours per week per course to keep up with the workload.

3) You enjoy networking in online discussion boards and group forums. Class participation is still important, even though you are not attending a class on campus. Making time to network with other online students and participate in Skype or conference calls will help you in the long run. In an online MBA, you’ll be exposed to a variety of new technologies to keep you connected.

4) You’re on a budget. Many online students pace their enrollment to spread costs over time in order to maximize their employee education benefit. Additionally, whether pursuing an MBA as an in-state or out-of-state resident, the costs are typically the same regardless of where you live. Some programs even include the expense of eBooks and materials, saving you time and money.

5) You want to expand your network. Taking classes online not only exposes you to professors and students from other cities and countries, you’ll learn critical skills that will help you communicate with others from different cultures. The world is full of lucrative business opportunities if you have a strong global rolodex.

The next course start date is Oct. 26 with an application deadline of Oct. 5.

UA Eller College is consistently ranked high in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. The school’s online MBA program (online is ranked 29) now offers four concentrations essential to global business practice, including Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems and Marketing. For more information, visit https://onlinemba.arizona.edu/ or call 855-290-3841.