Five Steps for Choosing an MBA Program

Once you’ve given serious thought to earning your MBA (and with incentives like these, it certainly is a smart career choice), your next step is researching where to earn your advanced degree. To make an educated decision about the best MBA program for you, we recommend taking into consideration the following:

1. Location. To improve your chances for post-MBA success, choose a business school that offers access to real-world experience with top companies, industry professionals, and MBA alumni. (In the hub of one of the top financial centers in the world, we happen to think Boston is a smart choice for MBA students.)

2. Reputation. Demonstrated student success, recognition on a global scale, and respect from employers can impact your experience during your MBA program and beyond. Selecting a b-school with a strong brand and proven value to employers can make the payoffs even more powerful. (Did you know our part-time MBA is a top-ranked program in Boston?)

3. Faculty achievements. A world-class faculty of active industry leaders, who bring professional experiences into the classroom, are essential in educating students and helping them to build the skills and confidence that employers demand.

4. Emphasis on hard skills. In a recent GMAC survey of the class of 2014, 82 percent of full-time MBA alumni told GMAT that their MBA enhanced their ability to manage work/life balance. But in an increasingly competitive job market, you’ll need more than balance; you’ll need a skillset that encapsulates what employers seek, such as analytical skills, critical thinking, effective communication, and strategy and innovation.

5. Career outcomes. Alumni success stories, internship and job placement rates, and career development services all point to the strength of an MBA program and your potential career success. The Career Development office at BC takes a personalized and customized approach to your career development and will help you refine your career objectives, write a resume, and perfect your interviewing skills.