What's the real value of an MBA?

Posted by MMU on 05-May-2016 10:59:06

At Manchester Met, we recognise that an MBA is a big commitment, both in terms of time and finance. As such, it’s reasonable for you to want to know exactly what you’ll get out of it.

We’ve looked at some of the benefits of an MBA, from how it will enhance your future prospects to how you can complete the course without needing to pause other aspects of your business career.

Here are 5 reasons to take that next step and enrol on our MBA programme.

1. You are statistically more likely to progress your career

This is clearly a huge advantage, and one that could tip the balance if you’re undecided about whether or not to pursue an MBA.

A 2014 survey conducted by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) showed that 12.8% of respondents had occupied a senior management role prior to starting their MBA. When the same people we asked after they had graduated, this figure rose to around a third.

By the same token, while a third of respondents described their role as ‘junior management’ level before they started their MBA, only 5.1% remained at that level once they had completed their MBA.

The pattern could not be clearer here. The MBA is held in very high regard by employers, many of whom see it as a key step in a staff member’s career. Completing an MBA is a statement of your intent and lets your employer know loud and clear that you are ready to progress.


2. You can study alongside work commitments

Our MBA is designed for professionals. That means we appreciate that you are unlikely to be able to simply drop your career for a year while you earn more qualifications. This is a situation that will suit neither you nor your employer, so we have devised a course calendar that allows you to participate in our MBA programme alongside your usual work commitments.

Seminars are grouped into manageable three-day blocks that will minimise disruption to your regular employment, while assignment deadlines will leave you plenty of time to complete all the necessary work in your spare time.

Take a look at our course dates and timetables to see which would suit you best.


3. You meet people who will shape your journey

As former student Michael Lee will tell you, one of the best things about the Manchester Met experience is the people you meet. Anyone who has committed to an MBA is going to be a driven, enthusiastic individual, and meeting likeminded people with whom you can share knowledge will only help you improve.

You will be able to see things from different perspectives and learn about new ways of working, and all of this before we even begin to consider the seminars themselves!

Many students find that the friendships and business relationships created here continue to benefit their career far beyond the end of the MBA course.


4. You will be prepared for situations that are happening now

At Manchester Met, our MBA programmes are always evolving. In 2016 alone, we have introduced new programmes in Digital Management, Financial Services and Strategic Health and Social Care.

Rather than a generic programme, these courses have been designed to prepare you for specific, real-world scenarios and give you the expertise you need to face a broad range of business situations. That’s one of the reasons that so many people see their careers rapidly progress upon completion of their MBA - it’s because employers know you’re ready to deal with the next step.


5. The course is more affordable than ever

Finance is one factor that can put people off enrolling on an MBA. With Manchester Met, there are also many ways you can get help with your funding.

Manchester Met has introduced a number of scholarship opportunities that offer you the chance to earn discounted fees, providing even greater value for your learning experience. Check out our Northern Powerhouse, Women in Business and Corporate MBA scholarships for further information.

We do all we can to ensure our courses are accessible and affordable to all. We can even discuss a flexible payment plan with you to ensure you are financially able to enrol. Feel free to contact us and ask about this.

Topics: MBA