Should the Financial Market Turmoil Affect Your Decision to Get an MBA Degree?

Since the turn of the New Year, there has been article after article discussing the turmoil of the stock market. Between the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, a drop in oil prices, and what appears to be a reduction in growth opportunities overseas, investors are reacting, causing this volatility in the stock market.

With the Crash of 1929, Black Monday in 1987, plus the many recession years, historically, the stock market has had its ups and down. But according to analysts, the U.S. economy is still strong.

Career Prospects for MBA Degree Holders

So what does this mean for business professionals? Although the stock market will change daily, and we have no control over the economy, what we can control is our own education. For business professionals, investing in your future will pay off in the long run. During times of layoffs and recessions, having an MBA degree and the skills and connections that come with it gives you an edge in the corporate world. Your versatility makes you a valuable employee.

And for those that are hit by the layoffs and cutbacks, an MBA degree can be leveraged into new job opportunities. In 2015, the demand for MBA graduates hit an all-time high according to Poets & Quants. More than 92% of companies planned to hire MBA graduates in 2015 and that trend is expected to continue into 2016.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C. area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of world leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership preparing graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.

The Mason MBA currently offers the following areas of emphasis:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate

Download the e-book titled “5 Things You Need in an MBA Program” for more information.


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Janet Palmisano

Janet Palmisano is a member of the Recruiting and Admissions team at the George Mason University School of Business.

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