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Before Enrolling in an MBA Degree Program, Students Can Shop Around



By Catherine Groux
Posted July 25, 2011 10:52 AM

Today, there are many ways for students to find the right MBA program for them.
Today, there are many ways for students to find the right MBA program for them.
According to a 2009 survey by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, about 83% of students who earned a graduate business degree, such as a master of business administration (MBA), said they were either extremely or very satisfied with the skills and knowledge they gained during the program. Specifically, these individuals said they gained the ability to manage strategy and innovation, general business knowledge and strategic and system skills, among other things.

Perhaps one of the reasons for such high satisfaction among MBA students is that today they have the opportunity to study a variety of topics in business, therefore gaining a more personalized education. For example, there are now MBA programs across the country that let students concentrate in topics such as energy and the environment, technology, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and ethics, allowing students to learn more skills beyond general business knowledge.

While most MBA students feel they made the right decision in enrolling in business school, these graduate programs certainly are not for everyone, and with so many options it can be difficult to pick the right course of study. However, individuals now have the chance to preview MBA courses in a variety of ways before making the decision as to whether or not they wish to enroll.

In the age of technology, one of the ways students can preview MBA courses is though iTunes, BusinessWeek reports. Currently, hundred of business schools across the country have put select lectures, classes and seminars online as podcasts at iTunes U. Students can listen to classes on the Japanese economy from Columbia Business School, hear interviews with professors at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management or gain knowledge on entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Using these tools, prospective students can listen to this material for free in order to get a better understanding of what the school's MBA courses are like, how professors will teach and what the curriculum will include.

Additionally, many colleges and universities, such as the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, offer Preview MBA programs. At Lake Forest, students who attend this free event will have the chance to speak with current students, faculty and alumni, according to the institution's website. They will also be able to attend various classes on campus to get a better feel of what graduate school life would be like.

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