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MBA Programs Making the Big Decision

May 21, 1999
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If you’re seriously considering an MBA program, there are myriad factors to consider. Here’s quick checklist of issues to discuss with your business and HR colleagues, academicians, your close friends—and family.

  • What are your long-term professional goals?
  • Do you want to remain in the HR field?
  • How could an MBA improve your professional standing in HR?
  • Would an MBA increase your credibility with your current employer?
  • Would your current employer support your academic endeavor? How?
  • Which MBA programs seem to integrate HR into their business philosophies?
  • Will the core business courses offer you knowledge that you currently don’t possess?
  • Is the program accredited?
  • Is the program respected by the business community?
  • Is the program designed to encourage a team-based environment?
  • Is the faculty’s expertise well rounded and aligned with today’s business needs?
  • Has the academic institution established corporate partnerships?
  • Will the program offer experiential learning?
  • Is the cost of the MBA program affordable?
  • Is the program designed for part-time students?

Workforce, May 1999, Vol. 78, No. 5, p. 82.

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