So, you have decided to work for your eMBA to enhance your resume and prepare for the C-suite job of your dreams. Eager for the next level, you need the right education and connections to earn your way in. How do you evaluate eMBA programs to decide which school and which program are right for you? Great question! Start by using the rankings and comparisons already available to you.
TopMBA.com has a terrific article, explaining how to begin evaluating all the options. Here’s a brief overview:
Assess your resources. From cost to time commitment, there are many considerations for each program. Cost considerations include seeking employer contribution, overall price tag, and whether the curriculum allows for part-time or evening/weekend attendance that can allow you to work full-time while going to school. Would you prefer a modular format that can be done concurrently with your present job? There are eMBA programs designed to fit around the experienced student who has considerable family and work commitments.
Assess your needs. Are you looking for a global eMBA program with multiple sites and international experiences integrated into the curriculum? Are you looking for a focus on a particular industry? You’ll need to ensure that each program you consider includes the facets and experiences most important to you.
Filter the information. The program marketing materials give you some idea of what the differences are, but it can be difficult to compare apples to apples. Use eMBA rankings, preferably several sources, to ensure that the programs you’d like to consider are universally ranked as quality programs. Comparing accreditations can also help you compare similarities and differences.
Recommendations. Ask around. Word of mouth and recommendations are a great way to get a feel for which eMBA programs and schools are most valued both overall and in your industry.