50 Reasons Why You Should Get An MBA

To MBA or not to MBA? There’s no question!

The Masters in Business Administration has been catapulting careers to unprecedented heights since Harvard Business School launched the first ever MBA program in 1908.

Today, the MBA is the world’s most sought-after business management degree; the pièce de résistance for many an international b-school.

Michael Bloomberg has one, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has one, Donald Trump sometimes says he has one. Heck, even Shaquille O'Neal has one. Basically, MBAs are cool.

BusinessBecause (also cool) is in the business of supporting people on their MBA journey all the way from the very beginning.

With this in mind, we spoke to MBA students, grads, professors, admissions staff, bloggers and entrepreneurs — and asked them all the same simple question: Why should I get an MBA?

Here's what they said:

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Fast-Track Your Career

Go Global

Entrepreneurship

Hard Skills, Soft Skills

Networking, Parties and Social Life

Me, Myself and I

Fast-Track Your Career

1. Go From MBA To CEO

Who runs the world? MBAs. MBAs grads hold the reigns of some of the world’s biggest firms: Apple, Google, JPMorgan and Coca-Cola included.

2. Double Your Earnings

Get rich quick with a return on your investment in under four years.

3. Change Industry

Want to switch from finance to fashion? An MBA is the perfect opportunity to start afresh.

4. Get Access To Top Employers

Julia Sanchez, head of global alumni relations at Spain’s IE Business School, says an MBA will “open your eyes to infinite possibilities”.

5. Scholarships

MBAs can be costly. Prodigy Finance lets you fund your degree with community-funded student loans.

6. Go From MBA To US President

Harvard MBA grad George Dubya did it.

geroge bush

Go Global

7. Study Abroad

The world’s your oyster. Every year, international MBA students flock to Hong Kong’s CUHK Business School, the gateway to careers in China.

8. Work In The World’s Top Cities

Where you choose to study can determine your future career. Choose wisely. Paris, Melbourne, Tokyo and London are ranked among the top 10 best student cities in the world!

9. Break A World Record

Students at London Business School (pictured below) set a new world record for the highest number of different nationalities taking part in a popular singalong. They sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the school lawn.
lba record

10. Cross Cultures

Learn to operate within different cultures. In China, saving face is everything. Oh, and don’t be surprised if local people take photos of you in Tiananmen Square!

11. Learn A Language

LBS students are required to learn and be competent in a chosen second language by the time they graduate. Parlez-vous MBA?

12. Live It Up On Campus

Picking a pretty campus can give you that little bit of extra motivation when hitting the books. At UWA Business School, students stroll through the picturesque surroundings of Perth’s Swan River.

perth campus uwa

13. International Classrooms

No need to travel! At Copenhagen Business School, you get to “meet the world, in one class, in one place”, according to MBA student Marius Vetaas Thomassen.

Entrepreneurship

14. Start Your Own Business

What do Nike, Gap and Victoria’s Secret all have in common? They were all started by MBAs. It’s simple: If you want to launch your own business venture, an MBA gives you the tools and the support to do so.

15. Jump Into Silicon Valley

Want to join Apple, Google and Facebook in tech heaven? Stanford, Berkeley Haas and UCLA Anderson all have strong ties to the world’s number one tech hub.

16. Meet Your Business Partner

Karl Loo and Jason Kang (pictured below) met at Oxford Saïd before starting up South-East Asia sharing economy venture ServisHero, billed as the Uber for local services.

servix

17. Get Some B-School Backing

ESSEC Business School in France cuts out any administrative hassle for its MBA entrepreneurs by providing a rented start-up space, and by organizing meetings with venture capital investors.

18. Launch Your Own Luxury Brand

Bored of big brand designer labels? Puerto Rican fashionista Mario Alberghini started up his own luxury menswear brand — La Tigre Uomo — after an MBA at Bologna Business School in Italy.

19. Make A Social Impact

Give something back. After an MBA at George Washington University b-school (GWSB), Joshua Pavano (pictured below) set up Jonas Umbrellas. Profits from selling limited edition umbrellas fund the building of clean-water wells at schools in Uganda.

jpavano uganda

Hard Skills, Soft Skills

20. Change The Way You Think

An MBA will get inside your head and mind, and fundamentally change the way you look at the world. Creepy…

21. Be A Leader

MBA programs are training grounds for the world’s future business leaders. Rainmaker Thinking management guru Bruce Tulgan says that basic leadership techniques can be picked up by almost anyone. The next step? “Practice, practice, practice those techniques until they become skills and then habits.”

22. Be The Ultimate Team Player

If you can work with a bunch of highly intelligent, highly ambitious, highly strung Type A personalities, then you can work with anyone.

23. Ace Your Analysis

“You’ll learn how to analyze any company from many different perspectives and you’ll develop the ability to understand the strategy, operations, and performance of that company, quickly and effectively,” says former HBS professor-turned-top-business-blogger Michael Roberto.

24. Spot The Cheats

Tormented by Toshiba? John Sakakini says that, with an MBA, you learn how companies try to get away with massaging numbers to make themselves look better. “Looking at you Groupon!” he says.

25. Master The Dark Arts

Need to secure a big business deal? Pick up the dark arts of seduction and persuasion at b-school and you can make sure things go your way.

26. Be Big On Big Data

An MBA keeps you at the cutting-edge of tech. As big data transforms the business landscape, McMaster University’s DeGroote b-school in Canada has launched an EMBA on the subject, while IE Business School in Spain offers a combined MBA and master in business and data analytics.

27. Stay A Cyber Step Ahead

Online hackers are a threat to any business. GWSB runs a specialized EMBA with a cybersecurity specialization.

28. Tap Into 21st Century Marketing

On the Copenhagen Business School MBA, students learn all the best tricks of the trade from top marketing expert Thomas Ritter.



29. Sell Yourself

MBAs teach you how to market yourself.

30. Say Goodbye To Stress

Granted, an MBA can be an infinitely stressful experience. But that’s partly the point. With an MBA your stress threshold will sky-rocket, preparing you for your high level, high octane business career.

31. Play The Markets

Are stocks, shares, and markets all a mystery? With an MBA, you’ll be playing the stock market and partying like the Wolf of Wall Street before you know it.

32. Finally Learn How To Use Excel

Algorithms, equations, tables, spreadsheets, workbooks, bleurgh! Wondering what it all means? You’ll be an Excel expert by the time you’ve finished finance.

33. Up Your Oratory

Pitch, present, represent. An MBA will provide you with the confidence and communication skills to help you conquer your fear of public speaking.

Networking, Parties and Social Life

34. Be A Student Again

As Lancaster University Management School MBA student Shaswati Panda says, “The best part of an MBA is that it welcomes us back to student life; the life we always longed for once it was over.”

35. Party All Year Round

Diwali, Christmas or the Chinese New Year. In such a multicultural environment, you’ll receive more social event invites than you can physically handle.

36. Find A Friend

The UWA student social club creates MBA friendships that last.

uwasocialclub

37. Get Hitched

All those late nights working together. Your eyes meeting over a financial accounting textbook. Where better to meet your high-flying life partner?

38. Free Booze!

MBA events have their perks.

39. Dress For Success

Think you can get away with an un-ironed t-shirt? Think again. B-schools have an unspoken “business casual” dress code. Pack your blazers. And ladies, don’t forget that Gucci handbag.

40. More Freebies

B-schools kit out their students with branded gear; umbrellas, calculators, backpacks or, if you’re at London’s Imperial College Business School, a personally engraved iPad.

freebies

41. Compete In The MBA Olympics

HEC Paris hosts an annual MBA tournament, which brings sports teams from b-schools around the world together to compete.

42. Go On School Trips

AGSM MBA students started their year by climbing up Australia’s Sydney Harbor Bridge.

agsm bridge

43. Meet Industry Experts

An MBA opens doors. Get on the career events circuit and network your way to the top.

Me, Myself and I

44. Find Yourself

Already backpacked around South America in search of the inner you? Come up short? An MBA gives you time for self-reflection.

45. Find Your Yoda

“You will find a great mentor among the faculty and alumni of the school you attend,” says former HBS prof Michael Roberto.

He’s not wrong. Ozzie accountant Chris Yates was thrilled when he was matched with the former CFO of giant mining corporation ENK on UWA Business School’s mentoring program.

46. Spice Up Your Resume

For MBA admissions blogger Stacy Blackman, an MBA is a stamp on your resume that no one can take away. You’re more than just a name now. You’re [insert name here] MBA.

47. Fill In The Gaps

Gaps in your resume? An MBA gives you the time to figure out what you want to do with your life, guilt-free. LBS blogger Olly Nguyen calls it a “covered period” allowing you to “experiment and take risks without anyone questioning what you were doing during that time”.

48. Take Your Time, Online

Online MBAs are disrupting the traditional b-school model. Take an MBA online and you can work, holiday, and care for your children at the same time. Arden University is a leading provider.

49. Test Your Limits

Just how high can you jump? Michael Czinkota — an international business blogger and professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business — says an MBA will let you “see how and where you fit in among hard charging competitors”.

50. Make Your Family Proud

Aww! But seriously, your mom will love it. Get another graduation photograph up on that mantelpiece!


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