Benefits of Studying an MBA via Distance Learning
There was once a time where getting an MBA meant hours, days, months and years in a traditional classroom setting with little or no income on the side. Thanks to technology, it is now possible to obtain the prestigious MBA degree without setting a foot in a classroom – you can study the MBA via distance learning. If you’re wondering if the MBA via distance learning is for you, read on to learn about some of the key benefits of this new age study method.
Study around your commitments
Distance learning provides a fantastic benefit that we continually look for in everyday life – flexibility. When you study your MBA via distance learning, you can mould it around your already established commitments such as work, family life and social functions. You no longer have to choose between an education and a career which many students find instrumental in their ability to pursue the MBA degree. You are also able to study in any location – if you’re out of the country on business, working regionally, going on a holiday, or simply wanting to work from home – this is all possible. You truly can study anywhere, at any time.
Cost effective method
Distance learning students will find there are a number of financial benefits such as reduced tuition fees. The majority of higher education providers will lower fees for those choosing this study method due to the reduced costs in areas such as maintaining physical campuses. CompareMBA adds that money can also be saved when considering travel costs to a campus. Finally, there is the possibility that the time saved in commuting can be spent working and earning more money. MBA programmes such as AIB’s 12 Month MBA allow you to study while you work, which is a fantastic option for those who are wanting to study whilst still earning a decent income.
Unique networking opportunities
There is a common perception that an MBA via distance learning results in fewer networking opportunities when in fact this is not the case. Students of a distance learning MBA will experience unique networking opportunities everyday as they interact and discuss course content with fellow business leaders around the world. Instead of purely local networking, students will build relationships with people in a range of different countries and gain a truly global perspective. Distance learning represents networking with no boundaries and can be achieved through a variety of means such as study forums, email, social media and online chat.
Develop new skills
As a distance learning student, you will need to ensure that you remain on the ball at all times. Along your journey, you will find that you become fantastic at prioritising tasks, managing your time, self-motivating, and continually working to deadlines. The MBA via distance learning provides students with the opportunity to work on bettering the above skills, as well as scope for adding further skills to your repertoire.
Learning method to suit your needs
Many people misinterpret the meaning of distance learning – for the majority of institutions, distance learning does not mean 100% purely online. For example, at AIB distance learning refers to a combination of online and print resources and materials. Students can work with the learning method that suits their needs, for example, if they prefer reading on a screen, all learning materials can be distributed electronically. Alternatively, for those who like to work off a hard copy and make notes on the page, these learning materials are an option too. It is absolutely to work with your preferences and to suit your learning needs.
What do you think?
Are you considering studying your MBA via distance learning? What is drawing you to this method of study? To the readers who are distance learning students, what do you like most about distance learning? I would love to hear your views and experiences so please feel free to share them below.
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. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: The Telegraph and CompareMBA.