So you have been considering going for your eMBA. You have the experience, the drive, and the grit to power through 15 months or more of rigorous courses while still holding down your job, supporting your family, and you are ready. Are you wondering how to choose the right eMBA program for you? Here’s 6 factors to consider while weighing your options:
- Since eMBA courses are unlike standard graduate school courses, you don’t necessarily need a primary campus close by, your options open up. Normally, you are only required to be on campus for a week-long module, with about 6 weeks in between campus visits. You do need to be aware of transportation and lodging costs, but this opens up many choices you may have thought were physically out of reach.
- Choose a school that is accredited by EQUIS or AACSB, indicating strong coursework and a solid reputation.
- Look at a school’s reputation, the quality of faculty, and the ranking among all eMBA program.
- Admissions requirements. Does the school require the GMAT or GMAC? Admissions test prep can be time consuming. Do you need letters of recommendation? What kind of application is required? Does the school require written agreement from your employer for time off for the modules? Some applicants have enough time and energy to meet any or all of these requirements, others prefer a simpler application and conserving energy and effort for the coursework ahead.
- Legacy. Does the school offer continued career counseling, proper guidance in how to optimize your eMBA post-graduation, alumni directories, and networking opportunities long after the degree is granted? It’s wise to choose a school or program which stands behind their degree for the length of your career.