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Considering an MBA?

If you're interested in an advanced career in business, you probably know that the MBA is the most certain path to success in today's business world. Recognized for the broad business education it provides, the MBA is one of the most popular graduate degrees at any university.

Some important questions to consider before pursuing your MBA:

Set your Goals: Why do you want to get an MBA? Have you reached the ceiling in your current position and you're looking for increased responsibility and/or pay in your current position? Do you think it's time for a career change? Are you finishing up your undergraduate business degree and want to go directly into an MBA to get it out of the way? Make sure you know what you want to get out of your MBA.  Set realistic goals that incorporate you current commitments with the demands of going to school.

Weigh the Benefits: If you're considering an MBA to move forward in your career or field, make sure that the benefits will outweigh the time and costs put into your program. Talk to recruiters and advisors in your area to see what kind of an impact an MBA will have on your current position, a potential job search, or your salary negotiation power. 

Do your Research: Put the time into researching the quality and reputation of the program you're considering. It's also a good idea to look at the kind of job that you want and find out what the demands of that position are. Depending on what goals you have set for yourself, there may be other graduate degrees better fitted for you. If you're certain that an MBA is the right program for you, look into all of the available programs in your area to see which one will be the best fit for you – are there specializations? Night classes? Online learning opportunities? Cost? Pre-requisites? Full-time/Part-time?

Click here to learn more about the benefits of getting a gradaute degree in a business discipline.

For information about National University's MBA program and the eight available areas of specialization, click here.