3 Things To Consider When Transferring MBA School
A common question asked by potential students is whether they can transfer to the AIB MBA from an MBA elsewhere. There are a variety of reasons why students transfer learning providers, ranging from differences in programme content, to a change in personal circumstances. When enquiring, most students are interested in whether they can gain credit for previously completed subjects, whether they are eligible for the AIB programme and how the AIB programme will differ from what they have been studying. If you’re considering transferring your MBA studies to AIB, see below for a greater insight into the process.
1. Eligibility criteria
Every higher education provider has their own eligibility criteria for the MBA programme. This can vary from prerequisites such as prior education, relevant work experience and interview processes. When transferring MBA schools, if you are at the beginning of your studies, it may be important to consider the eligibility criteria of the new school and whether you meet this to begin with. AIB has a number of entry pathways into the MBA, including one that does not require a previous tertiary qualification.
2. Recognition of prior learning
The ability to transfer credit, otherwise known as recognition of prior learning (RPL) is considered essential for the majority of those transferring. AIB does offer RPL, however there are several criteria that need to be met in order for this to be processed. Subjects must be postgraduate and completed in the past ten years – no undergraduate subjects will be assessed for RPL. To qualify for RPL, the student must be able to provide a certified copy of their academic transcript from their postgraduate studies, an outline of the programme they have completed, and a completed form provided by their Course Advisor. From there, the AIB Academic team will assess the eligibility of the subjects and advise how many subject credits the student is eligible for.
3. Difference in programmes
When transferring MBA schools, it is important to understand that every programme has its differences. For example, AIB offers a unique monthly learning model whereby one subject is studied intensively per month. This allows for the focus to be on that one subject matter and means that the entire MBA programme can be completed in 12 months. AIB also operates under the work-applied learning approach, differing from traditional universities where theory is the focus. Work-applied learning sees students blend theory and practice together to gain a practical business knowledge. While there is no right or wrong way to structure the course, it is important to understand that these differences exist between schools and this should be considered when making your decision.
What do you think?
Are you considering transferring your MBA studies to the Australian Institute of Business? Transferring studies is an important decision and there are number of people who can assist you with making the right choice for your individual circumstances. If you would like to learn more about the AIB MBA, click here to download the MBA brochure.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.