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Think About the Return on Investment Before Applying for an MBA Program

By Niamh O

Updated January 17, 2020 Updated January 17, 2020

Earning your MBA is a long and gruelling process, and so before embarking on your studies, you want to be sure the investment is worthwhile.

Knowing whether it’s worth your time and money depends on a number of factors including your goals and definitions of success.

MBA hopefuls tend to think of the potential quality and size of the network they can build during their MBA experience as one of the most powerful rewards. Your graduate network is so influential to your MBA ROI it should be a significant factor when researching and applying to schools.

Similarly, questions about the ROI of an MBA usually have a strong focus on expected salaries and career advancement. But don’t forget to think about what motivates you. 

QS has created a simple data tool to help you decide whether to pursue an MBA degree from a purely financial perspective – and will help you figure out where is the best place for you to study.

This article was originally published in January 2020 .

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Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (;, creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  


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