Types of MBA Program
You can take an MBA in a variety of study modes. Many MBA Programs are for 2 years, but other options are available depending on your needs. You can click the links below to find out more about each study mode:
- Standard MBA program (1-2 years)
- Executive MBA program (EMBA)
- Part time MBA program
- Distance learning MBA program
- Online MBA
The Specialised MBA
MBA programs are also available to students who wish to expand their business knowledge within a specific area of their choice. The specialized MBA is designed to further help students throughout a career in that field. You can find out more about common MBA specializations and search available courses by clicking the below links:
Next Steps before studying an MBA
You should have now decided the type of MBA you’re going to study and where you would like to study. This next section will make sure you’re ready to apply for your MBA and what to expect when you get there.
Requirements for studying an MBA
MBA courses aren’t open to everybody. There are some requirements, which will be stipulated by the university or business school that is offering the MBA. You will usually require to have prior knowledge of business, through an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in any subject area. This is a requirement for most MBA programs but requirements vary – see the course descriptions for more details.
Most US business schools will also require GMAT score but other destinations vary. GMAT is the Graduate Management Admissions Test used to measure your ability to succeed in graduate business studies. What is the GMAT?
See course descriptions for more details for specific courses.
Often, you’ll require some work experience within a managerial role. Typically, this is 2 or 3 years, but some MBA programs are more flexible and may require less if the candidate is suitable. Again, see the course descriptions for more details.
When you’re studying an MBA abroad, you’ll probably be studying it in English. As such, you’ll have to hold suitable English language levels. These are assessed through English language testing. We have a dedicated section on English language requirements and testing that we recommend you look through as well.
Tuition fees for studying an MBA abroad vary greatly, but in general they range from US$10,000 to US$25,000+ per year. Find out why an MBA can be so expensive.
If you’re studying an MBA abroad, you’ll need to check you can gain the relevant visa for studying in that country. Because there are many countries that you may choose to study your MBA, we’d recommend you read our dedicated page for advice on student visas.
Applying for your MBA is a big undertaking. There is the personal statement to think about and the actual application. Luckily, in many cases you can apply to your chosen MBA directly through our website and if you can’t, there is normally a link to the institution’s website where you will be able to find the relevant contact details or application form.
As far as writing your personal statement goes, we’ve got a great advice article that will give you loads of help. See our guide to writing a personal statement for studying abroad.
You’ll also need to consider that you might be asked for an interview as part of the application process. If you aren’t sure how to prepare for your MBA interview read our useful tips.
Studying abroad is expensive. Studying an MBA abroad can be very expensive. As such, many people look for scholarships to help them afford their dream. Scholarships are often fiercely competitive and as such require a lot of time to ensure your application is successful. Even with this dedication, there is no guarantee you’ll receive a scholarship for an MBA. We’ve previously created a helpful instructographic that will help you receive a scholarship for studying an MBA abroad.
Studying an MBA
Once you’ve been accepted on your course, the help from StudyLink doesn’t stop there. We’ve got helpful advice from our blog and Ask Anna, our resident study abroad expert. And once you’re in your dream destination studying your MBA, we’d love to hear from you. We regularly publish student stories on our blog, so get in contact with us on Facebook and let us know how you’re getting on!