Why a part time MBA may be the best path to career development

December 11, 2016

A part time MBA provides the flexibility and relevant business training that works around your busy schedule to accelerate your career

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Earning an MBA can have a transformative effect on your career progression, developing your business expertise and leadership capabilities in an experiential learning environment with world-class faculty. Indeed, many have found it to be a life-changing experience, acquiring a profound understanding of cutting-edge management tools amidst a diverse and international peer group. Whether your goal is to advance in your current career path, change careers or start your own business, a Master's of Business Administration can be a powerful ally.

However, if you've been out of school a while and perhaps already have a full-time job and a family, a full-time commitment to post-graduate studies may not fit with your current realities. A part time MBA can be the ideal solution, enabling you to continue to earn while you learn and providing the flexibility that works around your busy lifestyle.

WU Executive Academy's MBA programs are built for busy managers, with an innovative part time course structure and state-of-the-art e-learning platform that let you set your own schedule and immediately apply what you've learned in the real world. Here's why the part time MBA may be the most efficient and effective path to career development.

Part time MBA, full value ROI

Besides being able to instantly apply newly acquired knowledge on the job, according to a 2007 study by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the return on investment (ROI) for part time MBA programs is substantially higher than full-time programs and the pay-back period is shorter. The average salary for an MBA graduate is much higher than that of other qualifications, and by studying part time, you eliminate the opportunity cost of foregoing ongoing career advancement.

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Part time MBA programs have been found to provide the best ROI

Being fully employed while you study delivers a certain financial and professional stability that arguably provides a more immersive study experience. Many students in an MBA program are fortunate to receive assistance with tuition costs from their employers, who recognize the value of retaining top talent that have a holistic understanding of their specific industry and function.

Students in a Part Time MBA Benefit from Focused Business Knowledge and an International Network

A part time MBA excellently complements your existing work experience, sharpening your managerial and leadership competencies as well as expertise in your chosen specialization. This vital knowledge and technical skill-set promotes self-awareness and key improvements in your weaker areas, empowering you with the confidence and understanding to swiftly accelerate your career. By studying part time over a longer duration, the course content is no less rigorous but you have more time to absorb and effectively integrate the material.

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One of the best benefits of an MBA is developing an international network with insightful colleagues

Balancing the requirements of the MBA program with other personal and professional priorities will transform your time management skills and ensuing productivity. In WU Executive Academy's truly international program, the inspiring setting, world-class faculty, globe-spanning residencies, and unique opportunity to study and work with diverse business leaders like yourself is an invaluable experience. There are countless opportunities to establish enduring personal and professional relationships, exchange insights with international colleagues, and access exclusive alumni and career services.  

Are you interested in pursuing a part time professional or executive MBA degree?

Contact WU Executive Academy to learn more about how we develop global leaders.

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