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How You Can Have It All With an Online MBA

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Sponsored by EU Business School

According to GMAC’s latest Application Trends Survey Report, online study options for the MBA are attracting more applicants than either part-time or flexible programs, demonstrating the growing appeal of online learning.

While online degree programs have been around for some time, they no longer equate to unsociable study hours, isolation, and barely-there contact time with your professors and fellow cohort.

Online learning is becoming the mainstream for millions of students around the world, offering perks and advantages that face-to-face learning can’t always match.

The freedom and flexibility

The security of a regular income while studying can be a real deal-breaker. With most online MBAs operating on a part-time basis and over two years, such convenience is crucial for those don’t want to – or aren’t in a position to – take time away from their job, or have a family to look after.

So while it may have once been seen as merely a perk of studying an online degree, the freedom and flexibility it offers is now considered an absolute necessity. Online MBA programs have adaptable schedules that enable you to fit studying around your existing responsibilities and commitments.

Full control over your own learning

There is no ‘one size fits all’ degree program, and in recent years business schools have had to adapt their degree program curricula to meet the demands of globalization and changing career trends.

With differing formats and delivery methods, today’s online MBA allows you to have full control over your learning. Just like a traditional MBA, the online MBA degree can be tailored to suit your interests and career needs.

And when it comes to online learning resources, how do these compare to on-campus program resources? In most instances they’re practically the same with e-books, e-journals, recorded lectures, quizzes, online discussion forums, and videos all available for online students to access.

Such use of digital tools and resources can see academic content being delivered in so many ways. The Online MBA at EU Business School, which ranked 15th in the world in the QS Online MBA Rankings 2019, hosts live interactive webinars and Q&As with guest speakers and conferences with industry professionals as well as business simulations.

Networking is still key

Naturally, the medium of online MBAs means you will have to work harder when it comes to interacting and socializing with your peers and professors. Self-discipline and motivation is key as you take part in weekly discussion forums and group work with a cohort that’s spread across dozens of countries and time zones.

As advanced as digital communication is nowadays, the logistics of online collaboration can be harder to navigate, while the impact that in-person communication can have is undeniable. This is why some online MBAs invite students to attend in-person events including on-campus weeks and meets-and-greets. 

For example, EU Business School’s Online MBA holds on-campus weeks in Munich, Barcelona and Geneva, which give students the opportunity to take part in team-building exercises, attend networking events, visit companies, and network with their fellow cohort and professors.

A more affordable option with a positive ROI

While the flexibility and convenience of self-paced learning is a huge benefit, the affordability of online learning can be realized through the online MBA. Online degree programs tend to generally cost less than their on-campus equivalent.

It has also been reported that an online MBA can lead to quicker salary growth and boosted career prospects, resulting in a positive ROI on your studies.

See? It really is possible to have it all with an online MBA.

Written by Stephanie Lukins

As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopMBA.com and TopUniversities.com, Stephanie creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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