Is it the right time to pursue an MBA?


If you’re looking to fast track your skills and career potential, an MBA from George Mason University may be just what you need. Mason is conveniently located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and our MBA program is designed to give working professionals intensive and personal learning experiences that can be applied on the job the next day.  

But how do you know if you have what it takes to pursue an MBA? Or if an MBA is the right master’s degree for you? Your answers to these questions should help you decide: 

Is now the right time? If you’re ready to move your career to the next level, then it’s the right time to pursue an MBA. MBA programs equip you with skills in multiple business disciplines. At Mason, you’ll take classes in accounting, marketing, business strategy, leadership, finance, and information systems and operations management. These skills will help you advance your standing in your current organization or help you to advance to a new one. 

Why do I want an MBA? Ask yourself what career or personal goals you hope to achieve by earning an MBA. If your answer involves fast-tracking your leadership, analytical, and decision-making skills then move to the next question. 

How much experience do I need to have before pursuing an MBA? Required work experience varies by program. Applicants to Mason’s MBA program must have at least two years of professional work experience, but many typically have 3 to 8 years of professional experience. Many of our students are mid-career and looking to move into team lead or executive roles.  

What age should I be to pursue an MBA degree? There is no specific age that is considered “best” for pursuing an MBA. The average age of students in Mason’s MBA program is about 29.  

What’s the return on investment? Although the cost of earning an MBA can be high, our program alumni consistently credit their degree for advancing their careers. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), MBA graduates nationwide give their MBA degree credit for career success, including: 

  • 90% for increasing earning power 
  • 80% for faster career advancement 
  • 92% for preparation for leadership positions 

The takeaway? If the time is right for you, pursue an MBA. Regardless of the economic climate, demand for educated, well-rounded MBA graduates remains strong. Learn more about Mason's MBA program here