Ask Anna: Why does an MBA cost so much?

By StudyLink

As with most university tuition fees, the cost of studying an MBA tends to increase on an annual basis. In the backdrop of ever increasing competition for employment within business and management sectors, the price of studying an MBA may turn out to be invaluable when it comes to your future career prospects.

Investment

As with most university courses, you study to improve your employability in your chosen career path. An MBA, although expensive, allows you to pursue a career in management and leadership. Graduating with a respectable MBA will help you on your way to your dream management job and your future earnings will far outweigh the initial expense of your studies. If you are unsure about the costs involved, try weighing up the benefits of studying an MBA again the tuition fees and, just as you would with a business investment, predict what kind of ROI (return on investment) you could expect to see. Remember though, the benefits could be more than just monetary, as we’ll look at in the next sections.

Expertise

When paying to study an MBA it is important for you to remember why you have chosen to do so. You evidently want to learn from the best in the field, at a business school which specialises in the subject and suits your needs. It is the expertise of lecturers, professors and one-off seminars run by the best of the best that your money is buying. The opportunities afforded to you through your business school’s network of contacts would often not be available to you in any other way, and learning from those who have experienced the real-world business problems you’ll be studying will serve you much better than trying to pick up business knowledge by reading a book.

Expectations

Not only can you expect to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the specialists at your institution, but as technology develops you can also take advantage of the way courses are taught through the use of modern technologies. For example, an institutions partnership with specific telecoms businesses may allow course materials and content to be easily accessed on mobile devices. Business schools have developed and improved over the years to the extend where many can boast cutting edge facilities, and this is reflected in the tuition fees that students are expected to pay.
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Not just a qualification

The money you are spending on your studies not only pays for your qualification but it also pays for an experience you would otherwise miss out on. Studying an MBA can cost more than just the value of your tuition fees, especially if you are going to move abroad and study at a prestigious American or European Business School. Moving away from your home is invariably expensive, but experiencing another culture whilst gaining the knowledge you acquire on your course add up to make it highly worthwhile.

Alternatives

You may wonder at this point whether there are any alternatives to studying an MBA. Intriguingly, the vast majority of business leaders don’t have an MBA. Whether they are any more or less successful for this could be debated all day long, but the point remains that and MBA is not a required if you aspire to run a company. You could also utilise information on the internet and learn more about MBA’s at minimal cost by using MOOCs or even reading some books about MBA’s.
In our opinion however, there is no true alternative to an MBA. Whilst expensive, the MBA is a great investment in yourself and if applied properly, is be worth the high fees.

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