To MBA or not to MBA? There’s no question!
The MBA, which stands for Master of Business Administration, has been catapulting careers to unprecedented heights since Harvard Business School launched the first ever MBA program in 1908.
Today, the MBA is the world’s most sought-after business management degree; the pièce de résistance for many an international b-school.
Michael Bloomberg has one, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has one, Donald Trump sometimes says he has one. Heck, even Shaquille O'Neal has one. Basically, MBAs are cool.
BusinessBecause (also cool) is in the business of supporting you on your MBA application journey, giving you the information and insights you need to support your business school application.
With this in mind, we spoke to MBA students, grads, professors, MBA admissions staff, bloggers and entrepreneurs—and asked them all the same simple question: Why get an MBA?
Here's 50 reasons why you should get an MBA:
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Fast-Track Your Career
1. Go From MBA To CEO
Who runs the world? MBAs. MBAs grads hold the reigns of some of the world’s biggest firms: Apple, Google, JPMorgan and Coca-Cola included. Amazon's new CEO Andy Jassy is an MBA alum from Harvard.
2. Double Your Earnings
3. Change Industry
Want to switch from finance to fashion, or engineering to business management? An MBA is the perfect opportunity to start afresh and using your MBA to switch careers is one of the key reasons why you should pursue an MBA.
4. Get Access To Top Employers
Bain, Microsoft, and more of the world's best companies to work for hire MBAs. Julia Sanchez, head of global alumni relations at Spain’s IE Business School, says an MBA will “open your eyes to infinite possibilities”.
Check out our MBA Jobs & Salary Review series to find out which companies hire MBA alums from top schools like Harvard and Stanford.
6. Go From MBA To US President
Harvard MBA grad George Dubya did it.
7. Study Abroad
Why get an MBA? With an MBA, the world’s your oyster, with top business schools offering MBA programs all over the world. Before choosing where to go, and if you want to start a new career there after your MBA, make sure you know which are the easiest countries to get a work visa.
8. Work In The World’s Top Cities
Where you choose to study can determine your future career. Choose wisely. Check out our list of the best countries for business school candidates.
9. Break A World Record
Students at London Business School (pictured below) set a new world record for the highest number of different nationalities taking part in a popular singalong. They sang John Lennon’s 'Imagine' on the school lawn.
10. Cross Cultures
Learn to operate within different cultures. In China, saving face is everything. Oh, and don’t be surprised if local people take photos of you in Tiananmen Square!
11. Learn A Language
LBS students are required to learn and be competent in a chosen second language by the time they graduate. Parlez-vous MBA?
12. Live It Up On Campus
Why study an MBA in a dark office setting? Picking a pretty campus can give you that little bit of extra motivation when hitting the books. At UWA Business School, students stroll through the picturesque surroundings of Perth’s Swan River.
13. International Classrooms
No need to travel! At Copenhagen Business School, you get to “meet the world, in one class, in one place”, according to MBA student Marius Vetaas Thomassen. Our MBA Class Profile Breakdowns tell you all you need to know about the MBA students at your target school.
14. Start Your Own Business
What do Nike, Gap and Victoria’s Secret all have in common? They were all started by MBAs. It’s simple: If you want to launch your own business venture, an MBA gives you the tools and the support to do so.
15. Jump Into Silicon Valley
Why do you want to do an MBA? Do you want to join Apple, Google and Facebook in tech heaven? Stanford, Berkeley Haas and UCLA Anderson all have strong ties to the world’s number one tech hub.
16. Meet Your Business Partner
Chris Abkarians and Nikhil Agarwal, co-founders of loans company Juno, met during their MBA at Harvard Business School. Find out what they had to say about getting the best student loan rates to fund your MBA.
17. Get Some B-School Backing
ESSEC Business School in France cuts out any administrative hassle for its MBA entrepreneurs by providing a rented start-up space, and by organizing meetings with venture capital investors.
18. Launch Your Own Luxury Brand
Bored of big brand designer labels? Yici Zhao launched her own fine jewelry company in New York and says an MBA has made her a better entrepreneur.
19. Make A Social Impact
Give something back. Hilary Matson decided to leave her role at Amazon to pursue the HEC Paris MBA and follow her dream of starting a sustainable business.
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