Flexibility Is a Factor
Being a good candidate for an MBA is one thing, but having the time and energy to pursue it is quite another.
To enroll in a full-time MBA program is to face an encompassing experience that must be completed in a set amount of time. Luckily, the big advantage of an online, part-time MBA is the flexibility it offers. At Babson, for instance, the part-time degree can be completed in as little as 18 months, though it also can be stretched out much longer than that.
Two and a half years is the average time it takes students to finish. However, wanting to minimize the amount of homework they receive each semester, or seeking to maximize the amount of employer reimbursement they obtain, some students may take several years or more to earn their degree. “It can be molded to what individual needs are,” Hynes says. “It comes down to the priority of what the student wants. For students who need to stretch it out, that’s an option.”
A part-time MBA is flexible in other ways as well. At Babson, a part-time degree can be completed completely online, but students can take classes in person, too. In fact, many courses allow students to switch from online to in person from week to week, depending on what their needs are. Even if they aren’t physically present, they can still participate remotely in a live class.
That seamlessness between online and in-person classes is particularly important during the pandemic, Hynes says. Even if COVID-19 limits students’ ability to learn in person, they still want the same quality of experience remotely.