The flexibility of online MBA programs provides the tremendous advantage of allowing a student to continue to work and gain valuable on-the-job experience while achieving this universally-recognized qualification. The MBA has long been considered the entry-level qualification to well-paying management positions in all levels of business.
Principle ingredients of a typical MBA program include study in:
- Administrative Theory
- Business Ethics
- Business Finance
- Business Statistics
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Management
- Management and Organizational Behavior
- Management Information Systems
- Managerial Accounting
- Operations Management
- Strategic Management
Typically, the latter half of an MBA program will provide you with an opportunity to specialize in subjects directly related to your interests and career aspirations.
It is important to choose an MBA program on the basis of how it fits your needs, rather than by any external ranking criteria or your perceptions of what seems most desirable in the current job market. Ideally, you should select a program that best matches your own unique qualities and interests, and that you feel will best foster your own intellectual development and individual potential. Where possible research and make inquiries about the program curriculum, course selection and content, the faculty and course instructors. It is always advisable to talk to current students about their experiences in a program.
Most MBA programs require applicants to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and submit an application essay describing your interest in and suitability for the MBA program. Be sure to follow precisely the application instructions for each school to which you are applying. Do not exceed page limits, and have all your work proofed by a third party. There are many excellent GMAT preparation guides available at any bookstore which can help maximize you chances for acceptance in the online program of your choice.
The US accrediting agencies for online MBA degrees and related business programs are:
As with on-campus MBA programs, most online MBA degree programs want their classes to be as diverse as possible. For this reason, undergraduate degrees in business or related fields are usually not necessary for admission.
Besides having a stable, high-speed internet connection and access to PC, anyone planning to undertake an online MBA degree should come equipped with a range of basic computer skills. At the very least you should be very familiar with using spreadsheets (such as Microsoft Excel), a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) and presentation software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote).