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MBAs are a hugely popular choice with professionals around the world looking to enhance their personal development and meet their career goals. And now tens of thousands of these professionals are choosing to stay in their jobs while they study for a Master of Business Administration degree online.

Online MBAs can offer the same level of validity and credibility as on-campus MBAs – but there are a few things you need to look out for.

The quality of the institution

The reputation of a university or business school will affect the value of your online MBA in the job market, so it’s important to choose an institution that’s properly accredited and recognised globally.

When you research business schools and universities, look for accreditation by a body such as AACSB, which accredits the top business schools. Seeing how institutions rank in lists compiled by respected publications and organisations can also be useful.

University of Liverpool online MBA graduate David Hadley confirms that his degree has a high level of credibility in the market. “The MBA programme is helping me to get the best out of myself and my businesses.”

Immediate impact on your career

An MBA is a big commitment both in terms of time and financially, so for many professionals, it’s important that they can continue to work while they study.

An MBA that is completely online will enable you to avoid any career interruptions. If the online MBA you’re interested in has a face-to-face component, you’ll need to consider whether you’ll be able to take time out from the workplace to meet this commitment.

Another advantage of continuing to work while you do your online MBA course is that you can put what you’ve learned into practice in the workplace straightaway.

“You can relate your studies directly to real situations in your workplace and because you are having discussions in the global classroom you get these fantastic insights from people in many different industries who have got a vast amount of experience. I think this is the real value of the online programme,” University of Liverpool online MBA graduate, Kevin Reid explains.

Rigorousness of the programme

Even though you’ll be studying remotely, MBA online courses should be as demanding as on-campus ones. Find a programme that will stretch you and that is firmly structured – strict deadlines are a good sign.

Class participation, assessment and collaboration

One of the things that differentiates online from distance learning is the opportunity to participate in classes. Look for a programme that demands a high level of participation as well as offering the chance to discuss, collaborate and share best practice with your fellow students.

The University of Liverpool’s online learning model is highly collaborative, setting it apart from others. Studying in small groups with professionals from all over the world, you’ll gain insights that are invaluable in a global economy.

Entrepreneur Jim Wagstaff, Managing Director of consulting company Jam Factory in Singapore said: “I encountered people from Malaysia and Singapore, and also from Australia, from Africa, Europe, Canada and the US. Everyone collaborates as and when they can.”

Developing your skills as a business leader

The University of Liverpool offers fully online MBAs, designed for working professionals and relevant to the public, private and NGO sectors. Students learn from each other in a collaborative environment, gaining skills to further their careers and help them become leaders in their field.

Interested in joining us? Find out more about the online MBA from the University of Liverpool.

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