How to compare MBA programmes and choose the right one for you

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Written on 11 August 2020.

There are many MBA programmes to choose from all over the world. So how do you work out which school and programme is the best for you? Our admissions team at EDHEC have pulled together their top ten tips. You can also download our free checklist so that you can see in detail key areas to compare.


1) Consider your present and future from every perspective and decide if an MBA is the right choice for you. This may sound obvious as a first tip, but you need to be clear on why you want to do an MBA and what you hope to achieve.


2) Decide if a one or two year MBA is more suitable. This is one way to narrow down your options. A two year MBA is usually more common in North America and can be good if you don’t have any experience. A one year MBA is often suited to more experienced profiles – for example, EDHEC’s 10-month Global MBA looks for candidates with at least 3 years professional experience and on average our class has 8 years.


3) Do you already have an idea which region or country you want to study in? If you are moving with your family for example, this could be an important factor. You also want to think about where you might like to work following your MBA and check out where MBA graduates go after they have completed their programme. If you are thinking about studying in France, then you might find this an interesting read.


4) Check out the latest Economist, FT and QS rankings to see how your chosen school and programme are placed. Also look at whether the school and programme has triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS & AASCB) which ensure that you will receive a quality education. Learn more about accreditations.


5) Begin your search for the most suitable school by analysing the facts. Our checklist will help you to make sure you look at all the relevant information. You can also easily compare different programmes if you have a shortlist.


6) Don’t just rely on brochures, websites and rankings, get in touch with one of your short-listed schools as soon as possible. Speak to the admissions team who will assess your profile, advise you on scholarships and also talk you through the programme in detail. If you can, visit the campus and join a class. This will give you the opportunity to speak to current students. Get in touch with alumni too – EDHEC includes alumni in the application process.


7) Don’t forget the importance of diversity in the classroom – this can often be overlooked, but if you are wanting to gain a global perspective or seeking to work in an international setting in the feature, having a diverse cohort and faculty is very important.


8). Once you have drawn up your shortlist, make sure you start your application as soon as possible to secure the best scholarship possible and guarantee your place.


Good luck! If you would like more advice on choosing an MBA programme or have questions on the application process, please get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to answer your queries and help you with the process.


Find out more about how to maximise your CV for an MBA and how to calculate the value of an MBA.

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