The decision to pursue an MBA is a big one. The San Diego Business Journal recently spoke with three university administrators about master of business administration programs, and how to evaluate the merits of competing MBA programs. Read on for their thoughts:
Q: Why pursue an MBA?
A: MBA programs provide you with the breadth of knowledge and experiences that give you an edge in growing your career and the company unit at your workplace. In early stages of your career, you need depth in one field of expertise which you can utilize to contribute in your job. As your responsibilities in your position grow, and as your ambition for promotions in your career grow, you need a broader base of expertise. You need to understand the interdependence between financial, marketing, personnel, technology, and operations departments. A broad base of knowledge and understanding allows MBA graduates to leverage several tools and manage the power of a wide array of opportunities to grow their careers and companies. As a manager, MBA graduates have a competitive edge.
Evening options for pursuing an MBA are popular. The California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) at Alliant offers an evening MBA which allows you to come to campus in the evenings while continuing to work. Two evenings a week will allow completion of Alliant’s MBA in one year. CSML also offers Specialized Masters programs such as the MS in Data Analytics, MS in Healthcare Analytics, and MS in Information Systems and Technology.
Q: What are the top three things to ask about an MBA program?
A: An MBA program should lead to upward mobility in your career. It should strengthen your resume for your next promotion or for your next job. For this, the MBA program should be reputed and well-established, so, the first question to ask is about the accreditations the university and the management school possess. Alliant has been accredited by WSCUC for more than 25 years, and the MBA program is additionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
A second important question is to ask whether the courses give you exposure to applied and hands-on work which will help you establish credibility and expertise in interviews and on the job. Alliant’s MBA courses include applied projects and internship opportunities which build your confidence and strengthen your resume and portfolio for that next job or career. Our Professional Practice Capstone courses involve projects for real clients in current markets and contemporary management environments.