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When is the right time to get an MBA?

By Cheri DeClercq
Saturday, June 15, 2024

Considering an MBA but trying to figure out if or how you can make it work? You’re not alone.
One of the biggest barriers that most people have when thinking about going back to school is how can I fit it into my already too busy life. You have a demanding job, kids, dogs… You know you need an MBA to achieve your goals and you keep thinking about it, trying to determine how and when.
The simple truth is that life is complicated and if you wait for the perfect time, you’ll miss out on the lifetime ROI that an MBA can bring. Which is to say that if you’re reading this, the right time may very well be now.
• An MSU Executive MBA Weekend = 24 hours (5:00 Fri – 5:00 Sat).
• It’s just one (Flex) or two (Traditional) weekend(s)/month.
• It’s compressed into just 20 months.
• 5000+ alumni have graduated from MSU’s executive/weekend MBA over the past 60 years.
• 98% of our grads would recommend the program to a colleague.
• All of the working professionals that earn their executive/weekend MBA from Michigan State have demanding jobs, families and personal obligations.
• It’s designed as a part-time MBA that fits into your life.
Wait, how?
1. Your eMBA time on campus is just a 24-hr period that packs in three classes and lots of networking (5:00pm Friday – 5:00pm Saturday).

• 5:00pm-6:00pm networking/transition from work dinner
• 6:00pm-10:00pm Class 1
• 10:00pm – optional additional networking
• 7:00am-8:00am networking/collaborating breakfast
• 8:00am-12:00 Class 2
• 12:00pm-1:00pm networking/problem solving lunch
• 1:00pm-5:00pm Class 3

2. And it’s not every weekend! Our hybrid option (eMBA Flex) has students on campus typically one 24-hr period each month and the traditional option brings students together just twice monthly.

3. Either format, you’ll always have Saturday nights and Sundays with your family and friends.
Of course, you’ll also need to carve out time for homework and team work over 20 months. And a highlight of our MBA is the two intensive residency weeks – one in East Lansing and one Global Marketplace. And with our predictable cadence, you’ll know exactly which days are class days – and when you’ll complete the program.
Does that make it easy? No, but it does make it manageable, and you can do it. You know your life isn’t going to get simpler, so the best time to start is likely right now.

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