Are You Ready for an MBA Degree? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting an MBA degree for a while, but how do you know if this is the right time (or right degree for that matter)? Here are 5 questions to consider when thinking about pursuing an MBA.

  1. Has my career stalled?
    Have you hit a bit of a lull in your career? Perhaps now is the time to learn new business skills and take your career to the next level. At George Mason, MBA students must have at least two years of professional experience, but average 5 years of experience. Mason MBA students are looking to expand their business acumen, develop their leadership abilities, and gain knowledge and skills they can immediately apply on the job.
  2. What are my long-term career goals?
    Do you have a handle on what you are looking to do in the long run? Before entering an MBA program, it’s great to know where you hope to take your career. What’s the next level? Do you want to change your position, your company or your industry? An MBA is great way to add new skills and explore new industries. The Mason MBA career services team will help you explore new opportunities while in the MBA program. But you retain lifetime access to their services after graduation, giving you access to career services and our broad network of employers and alumni.
  3. Do I need to be a better leader?
    Are you in a position that would benefit from you being a better leader or would you like to be in a leadership role and you aren’t there yet? To succeed in today’s global marketplace, you need a diverse skillset, broader insights, and the confidence that comes from knowing you are truly prepared to assume a critical leadership role. You can find these traits through the Mason MBA degree, which puts students on a fast-track to grow your career and focus on gaining the skills to be a better leader.
  4. Do I have time to devote to my studies?
    You likely have both professional and personal responsibilities that already take a great deal of your time. But one of the most important considerations before you pursue an MBA degree is whether you have the time to put in to your studies. Is your life at a place where you could see yourself devoting large amounts of time taking classes and studying? At George Mason, MBA students start in the fall and take classes during the evening, completing their degree in as few as 23 months.
  5. Can I afford it?
    The reality is that an MBA or any graduate program will come at a cost. MBA costs includes tuition, books, and fees that can add up. The upfront cost should be considered an investment in yourself; one that you will realize return on with a promotion, job or career change that results in higher lifetime earnings. George Mason’s MBA program offers students many opportunities to assist in the expenses that come with the program, including offering scholarships, graduate assistantships, need-based financial assistance and even a Mason payment plan. Maryland and Washington, D.C., residents also receive Virginia tuition rates.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C. area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business 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 #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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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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