It’s often said that an MBA is designed for new graduates who need basic business management skills, and an eMBA is designed to expand an already experienced executive’s leadership skills. How exactly does an eMBA expand your experience and skills enough to be worth the hefty price tag? Here are a few of the things this advanced degree can do for you and your resume.
Cohort diversity. When your eMBA cohort comes from a diverse background, each with 10 or more years of business leadership experience, you learn from each other as much or more from the curriculum. One industry’s go-to fix for a common issue may be a new idea for a different industry…and you’ll have solutions other are eager to learn about, too.
Master level curriculum. Whereas MBA coursework has to be designed to teach those who have never held executive responsibilities, in the eMBA program all of the candidates are starting from an advanced level. None of your time will be spent re-learning the basics of management, instead, you’ll be focused on improving your managerial skills, strategies, and problem-solving.
Network expansion. You’ll gain a network of business contacts from around the world who are at your level, and can offer referrals, solutions, and support. This network continues to serve you long after you are awarded your degree. Many schools maintain very active alumni groups, easily accessible to every graduate.
Global perspective. You’ve already mastered the art of local leadership at a team or department level. Now you’ll learn to think globally, both in the sense of enterprise-wide perspective and in an international business perspective. You’ll learn how to advance and manage the interests of an entire organization as it does business around the world.