February 18, 2016
An ever-shifting global market places demands on us like never before. While you may be in a job you truly love, you know that in order to advance or simply stay competitive, you have to be on your A-game at all times – and be able to pivot to accommodate evolving needs in your sector and many others.
An undergraduate degree may have gotten you through the door, but it’s going to take a master’s degree to get you where you want to go. The question is: What degree might position you for a broad range of industries? If that’s your goal, then consider an online MBA.
Why online? The biggest benefit might just be the flexibility an online MBA can offer you. You’ll be able to maintain life, as you now know it, complete with a full-time job, family responsibilities and more. Better yet, you’ll be able to apply what you’re learning, while you’re learning it – on the work front, sharpening your skills, enhancing your knowledge, and growing your confidence and abilities.
At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), we pride ourselves on offering a cutting-edge online MBA program, designed to create positive impact on your career path, and developed and taught by real-world experts with a desire to see you succeed.
A 2015 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) survey of corporate recruiters noted that, globally, more than half of employers increased starting salaries for new MBA hires over the past year. While 30 percent provided raises equal to the rate of inflation, another 21 percent increased starting salaries even more. Prospects for MBA holders were good over the past year, and the outcome for the year ahead is even brighter, according to the GMAC year-end report. A pharmaceutical/healthcare employer quoted in the report acknowledged “the job market continues to improve at a faster rate for MBAs.” With increased earnings and more opportunities, an online MBA may well be your path to achieving new goals in your career.
You have very specific reasons for considering an online MBA – and at SNHU, we recognize that you have your own definition of success. Our goal is to provide the opportunity and support to get you there. Let’s explore why some of our students chose to pursue an online MBA:
Stephanie Sayen, who completed her undergraduate degree in 2011, was surprised to find just a few years later that she really missed formal learning. So she opted to continue her education with an online MBA.
“Working full time, it’s definitely nice to get home from work and relax while I do my classwork at my own pace,” she said. She chose to pursue her degree because she was eager for the experience, but also felt it would enhance her career.
“I hope my MBA can leverage me toward owning my own business in the future,” said Sayen. “I’ve been able to apply what I’ve been learning in my current career, as so much has already been directly relevant.”
For Jack Tralongo, it was the recognition that he needed to continue his education to stay competitive and complete his goals. Having suffered financially during what he termed “the economic meltdown,” Tralongo decided to enroll in SNHU’s online MBA with a concentration in Finance.
“As a senior financial analyst, my work schedule does not allow me much time for traditional schooling,” he said. “The online program at SNHU has allowed me the opportunity to balance my life, school and work.”
Brad Richwine had been working in the defense and aerospace industry for 15 years and had been considering a return for his MBA for some time. “I finally decided to stop talking about it and take action,” he said.
After being out of college for 20 years, he wasn’t quite sure what to expect from being back in school – and especially what it would be like to take online MBA courses. He was pleasantly surprised.
“My advisor and instructors have all been very supportive. It has been great learning more about subjects that I just touched upon in my undergraduate work, as well as learning from the life experiences of my classmates,” said Richwine. While weekly assignments do take up time that had been previously free, he said that his wife has been very supportive and they both think it’s a good investment in their future.
As one of the most affordable online MBA programs in the nation, you’ll be able to invest in your future without breaking the bank. Enjoy the flexibility to work at your own pace, with one course a term or go a bit faster with two. Whether you hope to enhance your current role, increase your salary and ability to move across multiple industries, or simply fulfill a personal desire, you’ll be ready to take on real-world challenges and develop the skills and knowledge to become a valued industry leader.
Clare Brown encourages and challenges students at the very beginning of their academic experiences. But the fundamentals she helps them master pave the way for success all the way to graduation.
Amy Irvine is an environmental nonfiction and memoir author, a mother, and an adjunct professor in the Southern New Hampshire University Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.
The first students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Master in Business Administration program more than 40 years ago: a class of 44 at then-New Hampshire College in Manchester in 1974.