Global MBA programs: How to choose the right one?

February 6, 2013

General

A lot of applicants today are looking at global MBA programs. It is a global market, and students want to be able to compete in it, and picking the right program is the first step toward that. You want to be able to communicate in that market, you want to be exposed to cultural differences, and you likely want your network to include international firms.

How do you pick the right global MBA program, though? What should go into that decision? It kind of depends on where you’d like to be. Many are interested in global MBA programs in other countries. However, even as The Economist reminds us that the location we pick for any program is crucial, it also warns us not to “won over by such immediate attractions as a good climate and pleasant surroundings.”

Many programs here in the states, however, have a global component. The Economist also suggests that applicants “check an MBA’s international credentials by looking at things such as the availability of international exchanges or study trips, and the number of countries in which students get jobs when they graduate.”

Global MBA programs across the country offer students multiple opportunities to have international residencies throughout their programs. Where would you like to ultimately end up? Is there a specific language or part of the world you would like to work with? Think about these things as you try to decide on the right program.

For those who do not want to or cannot commit to a full-time program, there are also many part-time programs that even offer online global MBA programs. These programs can take less than two years and the courses are usually taught in shorter modules, such as the global MBA in Virginia. One of the main highlights of this kind of program is that they often include an international residency at some point during the program (usually in the second half).

The right global MBA programs will teach you about the international market and how management works in other countries as well as prepare you to interact around the world. The issues in one country will always be different from the issues in another country—but the good thing is you don’t necessarily have to go to another country to get a great experience.

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