4 Reasons Not to Get An MBA Degree

To MBA or not to MBA, that is the question. While an MBA degree can be a powerful career booster, it should not be undertaken lightly. Below is a list of 4 reasons not to get an MBA degree.

Of course, if these factors don’t apply to you, perhaps you should consider getting an MBA. We’ve also provided a list of 4 reasons to get an MBA degree.

Take a look at where you fall, to help determine whether this is the time for you to pursue your MBA degree.

4 Reasons NOT To Get an MBA Degree

  1. You have less than Two Year of Work Experience – What you learn in your MBA program can be directly applied on the job. If you have less than 2 years of professional experience, it is a good idea to wait to pursue an MBA as it will have greater impact if you have the career experience to which you can attribute your studies.
  2. You Don’t have any Free Time – Do you have the time to devote to your studies? It is not just time in the classroom but also hours of study and group projects outside the classroom. If professional or personal commitments will keep you from dedicating time to your studies, wait to pursue an MBA.
  3. You Can’t Secure Funding – While an MBA program is an investment in yourself, you will still need to secure the funds to pay for your degree.
  4. You Don’t have any Current Career Plans – An MBA degree is not something that you should do just because you’re not sure what else to do with yourself. You should have clear career goals to pursue before entering an MBA program.

 4 Reasons TO Get an MBA Degree

  1. You Want to Advance Your Career– 82% of MBA alumni say their MBA prepared them in their chosen career
  2. You’re Looking for a Salary Increase – 86% of business school alumni said that their degree helped them to raise their earnings power
  3. You Want to Hone Your Leadership Skills – 92% of MBA alumni say that their MBA prepared them for leadership positions
  4. You Need to Bolster Your Network – An MBA program will give you instant access to a database of thousands or other alumni and career professionals to help you with career development, mentoring or just to enhance your own learning









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Located in the metro Washington, DC area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business 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 #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the program and alumni after graduation.

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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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