Before selecting a programme, ask
yourself a few crucial questions:
What is the school's reputation? Is it recognized among MBA
Reputation is key when it comes to choosing a school. Employers
not only ask whether you have an MBA, but where you studied and
some programmes have better reputations than others. You can
measure the quality and mark of a school by checking that the MBA
programme has the right accreditations.
What are the school's links with business and industry?
Check that the school has good links with local and
international companies and find out the employment details and
locations of the alumni.
Do you want to study locally or overseas?
If you're looking to study full time, then it's worth thinking
about a school in another country to boost your international
exposure. If you speak more than one foreign language then all the
more reason to make this life choice. To study part-time, you may
prefer to be closer to home or work, whereas geography might not be
so important for distance-learners, where technology plays a key
part in the delivery of the programme.
How is the MBA programme structured?
The first thing to look at is the focus of the programme. You
might want to specialize in a particular area or maybe you'd prefer
to have a more general qualification. A good MBA course will cover
the core management subjects and offer a good range of electives as
Do you want to study full-time, part-time or by way of distance
There are lots of ways to study and it's up to you which one
best suits your situation, lifestyle and needs.
How much does the MBA cost?
It's really important to remember that cost does not necessarily
mean quality. Lots of factors determine price, including the type
of institution, the local economic situation, the reputation and
calibre of the faculty and the delivery of their courses. Ask the
business school how they price their MBA before making a financial
How flexible is the MBA programme delivery?
If you are looking to study over a few years, then it's likely
that your situation and expectations will change so you may need to
switch between different courses of study. Opt for a school that
lets you do this.
The Accredited MBA Fair
Speak to Admissions Officers from top international accredited
Business Schools at the Autumn Accredited MBA Fair in London.
Admission is free. Find out more.