The Advantages and Disadvantages of Part-Time MBA

MBA (Master of Business Administration) is today’s favourite and fastest developing mastery degree program. The profession (and the program itself) originates in the late 19th century USA. While the industrial revolution the need for constant, accurate administration (and therefore qualified administrators) increased significantly, so the most visited and famous universities started to develop new programs to train young, already educated professionals into potential workforce filling the positions opening on a daily basis.

Today, MBA is still a prospering and developing field of education, with millions of new applicants yearly, all around the world. The program is worldwide available in the most countries with advanced higher education system. Freshly graduated Bachelors, young professionals and even curious experts apply to it but of course the more students there are the bigger the necessity is of special options and customized training opportunities.
The “default version” is of course full-time education. Full-timers are following the regular student-life, they spent a significant time on the campus, attending small-group practical courses and crowded classroom-lectures. They have several courses and exams in a semester but they get their degree after 4 fully accomplished semesters.

One of the beloved special options is Part Time MBA. This is the perfect opportunity for those who already have a full-time job which they don’t want to quit, or for active young mothers who want to educate themselves while being home with the baby but have no time for a full-time program.
Part Time MBA has a lot of advantages but of course that’s not for everyone either. Let’s take a quick look at the pros and contras of this popular educational form.

What’s positive?

– Students only have to take part of 2-3 courses per semester.
– It provides the opportunity to keep one’s full-time job while attending the program.
– Students get the exactly same amount of course material, help and support from their teachers as full-timers.
– No need to spend half the time at the campus, visiting crowded seminars and courses.
– Flexible schedule.
– Many country’s governments provide financial support for young professionals in part-time postgraduate education.

What’s negative?

– More part-time students abandon their studies as full-timers for the reason that it gets really hard to keep a balance between the time spent with working and with studying (especially in exam periods).
– One shall be really determined about regular and individual studying – the lack of control has a negative impact on many young people.
– Part-time students only get their degrees in 2, 5 – 5 years.
– There is a lack of community effect by these students which is actually one of the most important and enjoyable part of university life.

From these quick lists you can see that Part Time MBA – like everything else in our lives – has its certain advantages and disadvantages. Before choosing between the program options everyone should create his/her own check lists and see which form of education suits best their needs and current circumstances.