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Advantages of an 18-month Corporate MBA program

An accelerated Corporate Master of Business Administration (CMBA) is a popular option for ambitious professionals. Here are four reasons why.

1. Graduate faster as you set your own schedule

An accelerated online Corporate MBA lets you complete online classes at your own pace and work on your own time at your own hours. You don't need to skip out on work to attend classes, and you can earn real-world or internship experience from your current job. Plus, your employer may pay at least part of the cost.

2. Stay where you are or go where you want with an accelerated CMBA

With 18-month online CMBA programs, you have a world of flexibility. You can study from anywhere and continue working. There's no need to quit your job, sell your house and move to a university hundreds or thousands of miles away. In the same vein, nothing would stop you from traveling around the world and taking your studies with you.

3. Many accelerated CMBA programs carry AACSB International accreditation

Many employers feel more confident in the preparedness of graduates of programs that are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and the fact that many online CMBA programs carry this accreditation is one of the many online CMBA advantages. AACSB International is the most well-known business school accreditation institutions among hiring managers and requires schools that offer online MBA programs to provide the same curriculum, course content, faculty quality and selectivity as their traditional MBA programs. Accreditation also means that a program qualifies for federal financial aid, scholarships and other types of financial assistance. You know you'll be getting the same education and experience in 18 months that you would through another route.

4. Coursework and pace are more reflective of real-life situations

Earning your MBA in 18 months is fast, but you will accomplish the same amount of coursework during a shorter period than your peers studying in more traditional programs. You can work at your own hours and at your own pace, but you will have to plan well, exercise a lot of discipline and work diligently under pressure — which is good preparation for the working world. In this way, an 18-month Corporate MBA mirrors the reality of corporate life much more than a traditional program does. If you’re working a job in your field of study at the same time, you can also immediately apply the principles you learn in class to the work you're doing professionally. Of course, there are more advantages to pursuing an 18-month Corporate MBA. However, these four reasons may help you decide if the intensity and pace of this type of program will work for you.


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