Online MBA vs. Part-time MBA
Why Choose an Online MBA Over a Part-Time MBA?
When researching potential MBA programs, many prospective students are faced with a difficult question: “What format best fits my life?” From evening and weekend MBAs to full- and part-time MBA programs—offered both on-campus and online—finding the right MBA option can be a daunting task.
For working professionals seeking to earn a graduate business degree without leaving their jobs, the decision often is not “full-time MBA vs. part-time MBA,” but rather “part-time MBA vs. online MBA.” While both of these options allow students to schedule their courses around their career commitments, these two degree formats vary greatly when it comes to program delivery, coursework requirements, and personal sacrifices required.
Online MBA Program
An online MBA program, such as MBA@Syracuse, allows students to study from anywhere, meet face-to-face through live online classes, and study on their own time with asynchronous coursework prior to each live class. Without sacrificing quality, the program helps students build lasting relationships, interact with the same faculty who teach on campus, and save time attending class from anywhere.
In addition, online students in the MBA@Syracuse program meet in person during residency weekends held either on campus or in major domestic or international business cities.
Part-Time MBA Program
While online degree programs allow students to complete classes from anywhere, part-time MBA programs often require students to attend a class on campus multiple times a week. While this means students may see each other in person more frequently than in an online program, it also means a commute to and from class is necessary. For many students this means sacrificing valuable time that could be used to study or be with family.
Evaluating Online vs. Part-Time MBA Options
While an online option like MBA@Syracuse offers much more convenience and flexibility than traditional on-campus part-time MBA programs, it is important to also compare factors such as academic standards, student experience, and cost.
While the content delivery format may differ between the on-campus MBA and MBA@Syracuse, the online program upholds the same academic standards, and students complete the same curriculum. Students engage with the same Syracuse University faculty who teach on campus and have access to any and all University resources that they would if they were attending the full-time program.
Accessibility and Experience
Because students can attend live classes from anywhere they have an Internet connection, online programs open doors for students who travel frequently, live far from campus, or can’t carve out time to travel to and from class. This often results in a more diverse student community, offering students unique insights into new business environments.
Through MBA@Syracuse, course content can be completed asynchronously from mobile devices even when no Internet connection is available. Part-time MBA programs require students to be present for all class sessions, often forcing professionals to sacrifice commitments or valuable opportunities.
Both part-time MBA programs and online MBA programs allow professionals to continue working while earning their degree, a major opportunity cost compared to attending a full-time program on campus. Online programs such as MBA@Syracuse, however, eliminate the potential costs of commuting to class, as well as the opportunity costs of the additional time lost.
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