What Business Masters Degree is Right for Me?

Monday, June 26, 2017

So you’re thinking about a business master's degree? You are in the middle of quite the life altering decision. You’ve probably got a few questions about how to narrow down your options and make the best decision for your future. So, we’ve prepared a handful of ideas to get you on the right track.

The first step is to decide which university is the best fit for you. It is important to know and understand the difference between rankings versus reputation. It is equally vital to look at a school's reputation in the work world. For example, is the university you’re interested in recognized by major companies for its reputation of delivering competent graduates into the business world? If some of the universities you’re looking at don’t have the best rankings, do not be discouraged! “Rankings are important only to those who know them--employers are more familiar with reputations," says John DiMarco, professor at St. John’s University and author of Career Power Skills.

While narrowing down your choices between universities with business graduate programs, for some students it is necessary to factor in the cost of tuition and the amount of financial aid that is typically provided to students. To get a full grasp of the culture of the business graduate program, we suggest talking to other students, alumni, faculty and administrators in the program. Remember to ask specific questions that are the most important to you. Think about stopping by our Career Development Center to ask for a list of companies that have hired graduates from the university in the past several years. Along with this, consider researching out to alumni on LinkedIn to see where the career paths have led them.

After narrowing down your options of where you want to get your business master's degree, it’s time to decide on a specialization. Does the career you hope to have include a global focus? Consider a master's in global leadership or master's in supply chain management from the University of San Diego.


Catherine Northcutt
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