So, you've decided to pursue an MBA! The next big question: will you be full-time, or part-time? Each has its distinct advantages, but it ultimately comes down to flexibility versus focus. 

part-time vs full-time MBA programs

Part-Time MBA Programs Give You Flexibility

Part-time study provides the flexibility some students need to fulfill other commitments and responsibilities. Consider this option if you want to:

  1. Keep your job while attending school.  Full-time or part-time, MBAs help students get ahead professionally. Part-time study allows students to continue earning money and adding value to their company, however. 
  2. Pay as you go, over time. Taking one or two classes a semester means costs for tuition and course materials may be more manageable—you'll be charged in smaller amounts over a longer period of time. 
  3. Maintain ongoing commitments. Life doesn’t stop in grad school, and many students need (or want) additional time for family, personal, and social commitments. Part-time programs help keep busy students balanced. 
  4. Study with a senior executive. Seasoned professionals in senior positions might consider an EMBA, for students with executive work experience. Classes are typically offered in alternative formats, such as online or in weekend sessions. Often, EMBA students are smaller groups, making for a powerful professional network after graduation. EMBA programs may also take less time to complete. ​

Full-Time MBA Programs Let You Focus

Full-time study enables students to focus their attention on getting the most out of their MBA program and business school. Consider full-time if you want to:

  1. Finish more quickly.  Most U.S. schools require two years of full-time study.
  2. Receive financial aid.  Full-time learners tend to have more aid and scholarship options available to help pay for their MBA.
  3. Take advantage of on-campus opportunities. Full-time students typically spend more time on campus socializing with their peers and getting to know professors. There are often also extracurricular events and networking opportunities for MBA students that may be more difficult for part-time students to pursue. 
  4. Collaborate on projects. More time on campus means more time to meet peers with common academic interests, more time for team meetings, and more time to discuss ideas.

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