The Flexible MBA – Does It Exist?
According to Merriam Webster, ‘flexibility’ is the ability to easily modify or change. When it comes to the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the traditional model of full-time on-campus study will not suit everyone. Flexibility is necessary in order to cater to the different needs of students, and to ensure that everyone has the best chance of learning and improving their skills. Many people wonder whether the flexible MBA actually exists – however I’m here to tell you that at selected higher education providers, it certainly does. Read below to learn more about the three flexible study options available through the Australian Institute of Business (AIB).
1. Distance Learning
Designed for the busy working professional who would like to combine work and study, distance learning delivers a flexible MBA like no other. Distance learning does not refer to completely online study – at AIB it is a mixture of both online communication and written material. For the businessperson who cannot commit to attending set class times, who travels, or who simply does not enjoy a face-to-face style of learning – distance learning is perfect. It allows the greatest degree of flexibility as the student is his or her own boss. The time in which the student studies is at their own discretion, and their commitment to the course materials is analysed by assignment work and exams. Distance learning is the most flexible option available when it comes to MBAs, and is therefore why it is growing in popularity every single day.
For some people, face-to-face delivery of a course is the best way to study due to their learning style. This does not mean that the learning method is inflexible – in fact it is quite the opposite. Institutions like AIB recognise the fact that busy working professionals would like to continue working, as well as studying face-to-face, which is why weekend workshops are offered. When studying the MBA through AIB, one subject is studied each month. This one subject is delivered intensively at weekend workshops, and as a result the student receives the equivalent contact hours as one subject in the traditional university format.
For those who don’t know what the hybrid model is – it is a combination of face-to-face and distance learning subjects. This model is perfect for the student who needs the flexibility of distance learning education, but then would also like to learn part of the programme via face-to-face workshops. This truly is a flexible MBA due to the fact you can choose a delivery method per subject. For example, if you would like only 2 of 12 subjects delivered face-to-face and 10 of 12 via distance learning, this is entirely possible.
What do you think?
Did you realise that the above three flexible MBA options existed? The days of attending university every day to achieve your degree are long-gone thanks to technology and flexible learning institutions. I am curious though, which of the above options appeals to you most and why? Join the conversation and share your views in the comments section 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.