Many students who are applying to MBA school especially if they are applying from college, have a very dismissive attitude towards part-time MBAs. Sadly, too many of them think that part-time MBA programs are a joke. They think that just because you do not go to school full time, the program in of itself will lead nowhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason part-time MBA programs exist is that there is a large demand from people who already have jobs. This market looks to get an MBA not because they want to get Wall Street jobs or they are currently in college and they want to get an MBA degree to get a new high-paying job. These are the concerns of college students. No, for this market they are looking for an MBA program that will enable them to work towards an MBA degree while they are currently working full time at their career. This group of people should not be dismissed. In fact, many people who go through an MBA program to a part-time basis and up excelling in their current job, which then allows them to work their way through up the ranks and then transfer to a larger and larger corporation. At the end of the process, it is not really the name of the institution and the degree that you are holding, but more about your character and your ability to produce results. That is the way it should be. Sadly, too many college students have this dismissive and frankly elitist attitude.
What are the benefits of a part-time MBA program? First of all, it allows you to work full time while you are getting an MBA degree. As mentioned earlier, this is a great way to move up the current career food chain at your current job. The second benefit of a part-time MBA program is that you go to school on your own terms. You are not forced to put on a scheduled straitjacket like you would in regular MBA programs. This is a major benefit for people that are still testing the waters as to what they want to do after college or while they are working. This is a great advantage for people who are unsure as to what their future careers should be. You do not have this luxury if you are going to full-time MBA program because it is either sink or swim, either adapt or die. There is no middle ground. The third advantage of taking part-time MBA program is that you have more time for your family and people that matter in your life. Sadly, too many MBA students wrap their lives so much around school that their family life suffers. It is not coincidence that many graduate students, professional school students and MBA students experience divorce while they are going through school. The hard truth is that any advanced study, MBA programs included, can place much stress on your relationships. This is a very serious problem and many students should be aware of this before going in. There is a lot of things that you are assuming once you go into full-time MBA studies. For the reasons above, it may be a good idea to take an MBA program on a part-time basis. It totally depends on your situation and on your mindset.