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Applying to MBA Programs

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the United States will give you an excellent education and add prestige to your qualifications. With an MBA, you will learn how to work in a team environment, think analytically, and manage and lead others. Each university and college in the United States has different requirements for gaining admission to their MBA programs. There are also several different types of MBA programs available.

1. Full-Time MBA

The full-time MBA offers core courses that span all management disciplines. Students can also select from a variety of electives. The program usually takes between 18 and 24 months to complete. Students must attend classes at the business school on most weekdays.

2. Part-Time MBA

The part-time MBA offers core courses and electives similar to the full-time program. Some schools allow students up to 7 years to complete the curriculum, though the majority of part-time students will complete the program in 2 or 3 years. The part-time program usually appeals to students who are currently working, so classes are held at night and/or on the weekends.

3. On-Line MBA

The on-line program offers a core of general courses with a limited number of electives. The programs can take up to 8 years to complete, though students generally finish in 3 or 4 years. Coursework uses e-mail, computer conferencing, chat rooms, on-line bulletin boards, and sound and video clips. It is very important to make sure the program is accredited so hiring companies will consider it valid.

4. Executive MBA

The executive MBA is generally designed for senior managers with at least 10 years of business experience. The courses tend to focus on global business issues and strategies. The curriculum is very structured, with courses offered in sequence and students moving as one through the various steps. The program is generally considered full-time and can take up to 24 months to complete. Usually classes are held on the weekends and the work requires group projects and meetings. The EMBA is considered very prestigious; ranking and reputation of the school definitely matter.

5. International MBA

The International MBA can have a number of different meanings. It can mean that the student population in the program is widely international or it can mean that the program is a distance learning program and available on-line to students all over the world. It may also be a U.S. program that is offered on-site in another country. Or it could be that the students complete part of the program at a business school in another country. You will need to check with your choice of schools to see what their International MBA entails.

Once you have decided on the type of program you wish to attend, you will then need to determine which schools offer it and what their application requirements are. While each school will be different, there are a few things that are universal. Here are some of the requirements you will likely be asked to provide when applying:

Applications for international students take several months to process so it is recommended that you send inquiries at least 15 to 18 months before the proposed admission date. Most schools will also require that you supply a financial statement demonstrating your ability to pay the academic fees and living expenses. Once the application has been completed, the school will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility Form to obtain a visa for study in the United States. You will need to take this Certificate, a valid passport, and proof of sufficient financial support for studies to the US Consulate or Embassy.

Once you have decided on which schools you would like to attend and you know the proper application process, you will be well on your way to studying for an MBA in the United States.