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Thinking About an MBA? FAQs Answered

Dr Julie Hodges, Associate Dean for MBA Programmes at Durham University Business School, has provided a lot of guidance in the media about MBA programmes recently. We have pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions to help anyone currently considering an MBA programme.

How would you suggest choosing between the different modes of study? Who is the right fit for each?

The traditional study format of an MBA – an on-campus programme such as The Durham Full-time MBA – is a great way for an individual to step away from their day-to-day professional careers and immerse themselves totally in a business learning environment. Such programmes enable students to learn at a quicker pace than a part-time programme, explore new industries and test their newfound skills in a relatively risk-free environment before returning to the workplace. People who are at an early stage in their careers (three to five years’ experience) and looking to either change direction, or move up a level in their current industry, may find a greater benefit from studying full-time, than through more flexible options.

The Durham Online MBA, on the other hand, is a programme typically chosen by managers from a wider variety of sectors and global locations, who want to improve their business knowledge and capabilities to enhance their career prospects but either cannot, or do not wish to study on a physical campus. The flexibility of the format enables students to study at home or anywhere in the world and better fit their studies around their personal and professional lives. As students they can continue in full-time employment whilst they study. Their learning can also be applied directly to their daily work providing an instant return on investment. Whilst online programmes might appear to be isolating experiences on the surface, an additional learning opportunity is provided by working with a more diverse cohort, whom students can learn from as much as from lectures and the possibility of engaging in in-person learning opportunities such as international study trips.

Continue reading this article in the latest edition of the Business School magazine IMPACT. 

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