Selecting the Right MBA for You

Many students I meet with know the value of learning from a leader in global business. What they’re far less sure about is which type of MBA program is right for them.

Before I discuss degree options, I want to understand two aspects of your pursuit: why you want an MBA and what you hope it will do for you. Between my experience and your answers to these two questions not only will a degree path emerge, it’ll be one that fits your career goals, experience and time requirements.

While the process is not as cut and dry as it sounds, this career reflection, goal establishment and long-term planning is imperative to completing your MBA on-time and with the most value for your investment.

Here’s how we get you thinking through these key questions to find the degree that fits your goals, plans and timeline.

  1. Think about your career focus and answer the following questions:
  • What do you like about your current position?
  • What do you dislike about it?
  • Would adding concentrated business knowledge and expertise to your current experience enhance your career?
  • Would global business expertise open up additional opportunities for you?
  • Do you seek to increase your leadership potential?
  • Are you where you want to be industry-wise, but want to skip a few rungs on your career ladder?
  1. Think about what you’d like to gain through your MBA studies:
  • Would you like to learn another language and gain higher-level fluency through international immersion?
  • Do you want international experience that has the potential to create global career opportunities?
  • Do you want to acquire specialization in a functional area of business such as finance or supply chain management?
  • Would you like the opportunity to enhance your degree with graduate or industry certificates in specific areas?
  1. What are the advantages for me to study at the University of South Carolina?

Some schools will have specific advantages when you consider your unique interests, timeline and educational goals. Here are points to consider:

  • South Carolina is consistently a top state for foreign direct investment so you’ll have a path to multiple Global 100 company headquarters as well as the service providers and manufacturers that support them.
  • Our MBA curriculum incorporates projects with corporations and business entities through our university’s nine Research and Partnership Centers.
  • You’ll join a tightly knit alumni organization featuring leaders at more than 100 top-performing companies including Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Coca-Cola, Delta, ESPN, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Microsoft, New Balance, Siemens, Starbucks, Wells Fargo and more.
  • In the past four years, our graduates have been hired by companies such as Bank of America, BMW, Boeing, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, Google, Honeywell, IBM Global Services, Michelin, Mondelēz, UPS and Zulily
  • You’ll be part of a school community that cares as much about you as a person as your personal success.
  • You’ll live in a vibrant city recently ranked among the Top 50 “Best Places to Live” by U.S. News & World Report.
  1. What can you realistically afford from a financial perspective?

Here, you’ll have choices and opportunities that can make your education more affordable or enhance the value of your degree, such as:

  • If you’re on a short timeline due to a career transition or change, our one-year MBA can offer significant ROI.
  • If you’re seeking greater global opportunities, our International MBA was one of the world’s first International MBA programs and remains the #1 program in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Nearly 100 percent of our incoming classes receive scholarships, fellowships or some level of financial support and the most qualified can earn awards of up to 100 percent.

While there are many choices to be made as your MBA journey begins, know that at the University of South Carolina you’ll have a team alongside you for guidance, insight and support. As you work through your degree and specialization decisions, your application and admission, our team — from fellow students to program administration and faculty to alumni mentors — is here to help you.

You don’t have to be an applicant to get started. Just email me or call me at 803-777-7903 to discuss your career aspirations and plans.

Jennifer Ninh
Managing Director, Full-time MBA Programs