ForumWatch: Choosing the Right MBA

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 28, 2011

One of the first steps in applying to business school is determining the right kind of MBA program. There are a few different options, including part-time MBA programs, which meet on evenings and weekends and allow students to keep their day jobs, and full-time MBA programs, which typically require students to take off for two years and dedicate their lives to school and the job search. Executive MBA programs, which are meant for more seasoned executives to enhance and fine-tune their skills, are a third option. Trying to decide among the different options isn’t always easy.

Recently, a participant on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forum was debating the merits of full-time and EMBA programs. Neil205 wanted to know if employers would consider EMBA degree holders who wanted to change careers in the same way they would graduates of full-time MBA programs.

So far, fellow forum participants have provided Neil205 with thorough responses that describe the rigor of EMBA programs, the differences between EMBA and full-time MBA graduates, and the kinds of jobs they seek. To share your thoughts on these various MBA programs, type your message into the “MBA question” discussion thread in the Executive MBA Programs folder.

—Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forum where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.

 

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