Top Reasons to Pursue an MBA Degree

If you are considering getting an MBA degree but are unsure, then you are not alone. Did you know that the average MBA student takes 2 years to decide to go to business school and complete the application? If you are on the fence, take a look at the infographic below to see what made some students decide to take the plunge with an MBA degree.

The infographic below, based on a Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) survey, shows that MBA programs still remain the predominant graduate business degree for perspective students. GMAC’s 2015 Survey Report showed that

  • 65% of respondents pursue an MBA degree to increase their job opportunities
  • 38% were trying to switch their careers
  • 34% were looking to enhance their careers
  • 28% were aspiring entrepreneurs

Of those surveyed, 40% of respondents were considering a 2-year full-time MBA program, and 23% were considering a part-time MBA program.

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.

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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