Presented by Ruthie Pyles, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, and Jared Barlow, associate director of Admissions and Recruitment Business School in W. P. Carey of Arizona State University.
In deciding what to participate in the MBA program, once it has been recorded on more, it is likely to start by making a list. When you do, be sure to include these criteria in choosing the best program for you:
FREE download GMATPrepLocation. Location. Location. Each location has advantages and disadvantages. You want to be in a small town or a big city? Are you a person who needs to experience the four seasons? Or are you a person who wants sun each day? Think of the family. Is it important to have your family close to you, or is ready to branch and seek new adventures?
Let’s talk about the industry. Depending on your area of expertise or functional area of interest, you are a person who needs to be near the coast of the Pacific, Asia or Australia? Or are you a person very interested in the banking sector who want to be located near Wall Street or elsewhere on the East Coast? Discover the types of businesses that serve a community or a region of the desired world could be an important factor to consider.
Let’s talk about community. Each university is postulated have a vision – for both the school and the community. Is that the vision you have for your business school and post-business school career?
Consider your brand. What areas of your brand you want to develop? The school can meet those needs? Look for a school that has experience in these areas. If not, is it really the right program for you?
Ask. Start asking questions. Talk to current students, staff and alumni. Learn about mentoring opportunities, executive connections or leadership speaker series, which provokes reflection. Is the school locally and globally connected? Does it provide ways to connect without an equipment room and outside academia? Are teachers and staff focused on being responsive to a business environment is constantly changing, and not be complacent in the way things have always been done? Is the institution helps you create partnerships and provide advocates who are there to support you even after you graduate from the program? For example, the Business School W. P. Carey has a network of alumni of more than 90,000 and continued assistance in his career.
Finally, let’s talk about money. Financing your Master’s degree will not be an easy task, but it will be an investment in itself, and an investment in their future. It is important to evaluate all your options and compare their financial packages in each institution. I warn you not to make your final decision based only on the lower dollar. Many priceless items such as friends, travel opportunities, clubs and organizations and networking opportunities are not as easy to quantify as it helps you achieve your leadership and career potential. In many ways, your MBA experience will be invaluable.