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The GRE® General Test: The New Path to Success

Do you like choices and control? Are you looking to make a career out of your passion? For the generation that’s redefining business, this is the new way to business school.

What is a specialized master’s degree in business?

From data analytics to supply chain management, cybersecurity and more — business schools are offering a growing number of master’s programs with a more specialized focus. Could this be right for you?

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A more specific concentration than an MBA.

Obtaining a master of science (M.S.) in a specific business field is an excellent way to become an expert in that topic and earn a higher starting salary. An M.S. program is often shorter than an MBA program, providing an accelerated path to securing a position in your chosen specialization.

Example programs:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Medical Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology

Which degree is best for you?

It depends on your career goals, experience, finances and more. For information about the differences between an MBA and a specialized master’s degree, read this.

 

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What is an MBA?

Whether your goal is to advance into the C-suite or to start your own business, a Master of Business Administration can be your ticket to career success.

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A more specific concentration than an MBA.

Obtaining a master of science (M.S.) in a specific business field is an excellent way to become an expert in that topic and earn a higher starting salary. An M.S. program is often shorter than an MBA program, providing an accelerated path to securing a position in your chosen specialization.

Example programs:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Medical Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology

Which degree is best for you?

It depends on your career goals, experience, finances and more. For information about the differences between an MBA and a specialized master’s degree, read this.

 

The credentials to take your career further.

Are you eyeing a promotion? Thinking of switching careers? Hoping to start your own business? Going back to school for an MBA will provide the advanced leadership skills, comprehensive business knowledge, and tremendous networking opportunities to put you on the path to achieving your goals.

The benefits of an MBA can include:

  • Possible salary increases
  • The chance at more job opportunities
  • New skills & knowledge
  • The potential for accelerated advancement and greater job security
  • A stronger professional network

An investment in your future starts today.

Learn more about pursuing your MBA, starting with the GRE® General Test.

 

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MBA Program Options

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Full-Time

Usually 2 years in length, with a full-time course load on campus, plus summer internship opportunities. Requires leaving the workforce and possibly relocating during that time.

 

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Part-Time

Evening and weekend programs that allow students to continue to work full-time. These are increasingly offered online, which enables participation from home. Usually takes 3+ years to complete.

 

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One-Year

For those who meet strict prerequisites and want to advance their career quickly, an intense, accelerated program with full immersion on campus and limited internship opportunities is an option.

 

Tips for Choosing a Business School

To find the best fit for you, consider these criteria and do your research on each:

Business School Rankings

Going to an elite school can add a certain amount of prestige to your degree. It can be helpful to see how a school ranks in your desired concentration as well. Check out these main sources:

Curriculum

Business schools vary in how they structure their programs. To get a sense of what will work best for you, you may want to visit the campus, sit in on a class and speak with students and alumni.

Reputation

In addition to rankings, you should assess the quality of a school’s teaching and the success of its alumni. This includes job placements, starting salaries and the strength of the alumni network.

Location

Will you relocate? Where would you like to live, develop your network and perhaps even work after graduation? If you’re one of the many international students hoping to pursue your degree abroad, this advice can also help. 

Student Body

Would you prefer a big or small size school? Are you looking to be among a large community of international students? Will on-campus student organizations be important to you? These aspects can impact your choice.

See tips on preparing your application to a graduate-level program

Managing the Cost of Business School

Cost is an important aspect you will have to consider. Can you afford to attend full-time? Does the school offer scholarships or grants? Will your current job subsidize your degree in any way? Be sure to find schools that meet your financial criteria and explore all of your options when it comes to paying for your degree.

Your company can help.

  • Company scholarships
  • Tax credits and deductions
  • Tuition reimbursement plans
  • Local university partnerships

Look for loans and scholarships.

Check with your school to see what they offer in terms of financial aid (and be aware of the application process and deadlines). For some other scholarship options, visit sites like these:
Scholarships.com
International Scholarships
Federal Student Aid: Federal Loans

Additional resources.

This collection of tips and tools from U.S. News & World Report can help you address paying for business school.