Are you struggling with the Top 3 Concerns of Executive MBA Applicants? What’s holding you back from accelerating your career with an executive MBA? You may have one of the top three concerns expressed by eMBA applicants: Qualifications, time, and fit. Here are some answers from top programs that may address your own concerns.
- I’m not sure I would qualify. Executive MBA programs at top business schools around the world are looking for an undergraduate degree and around 10 years of experience in business. What many candidates don’t realize is that an executive MBA isn’t just a traditional graduate school degree, they’re looking to broaden and deepen the skills and experiences of an already thriving executive. This means eMBA programs are willing to balance several qualifiers. The CTO who left college to take their small IT company from start-up to success may be more than qualified for entry to an eMBA program. Many of those working on executive MBAs aren’t from the traditional banking and communications fields. The degree attracts physicians looking to go into hospital administration, non-profit executives looking to move to a global non-profit, and other successful professionals looking for their own career booster.
- Where would I find time? Most applicants have full-time jobs, families, and additional commitments pulling at their time. Adding a challenging course of study for the next eighteen to twenty-four months is tough. More and more of my eMBA clients tell me that it’s difficult but doable. Talk it over with your support system. The increased opportunities upon graduation may make the degree worthwhile, despite the sacrifices. I strongly recommend building in some time to recover after your degree. Reconnect with family and get your resume, networking, and personal branding updated and ready before you begin focusing on career again.
- Is an executive MBA a good fit for me? It may have been years since you entered a classroom, you may be unsure if an additional degree will push you from executive to C-suite or Board level, and you may wonder if you have the drive to make it work, consider what you’ve already achieved. You’re successful, experienced, you work well as part of a team, and you’re working hard toward the next level. That’s the perfect description of an eMBA candidate. If you apply and are asked to reapply after filling in a gap or two, take the rejection as a learning experience and apply again after addressing the school’s concerns. Chances are, if you match the description above, executive MBA programs will be competing to be your school of choice!