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Why Online for an MBA

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree helps job candidates stand out in a competitive market and enhances earning and advancement potential. Pursuing an MBA in an online learning environment allows you to manage current job and personal responsibilities without sacrificing career advancement.

Flexible and Affordable

Some of the most appealing aspects of online education are cost, flexibility and the accelerated pace. Online MBA programs are often more affordable than traditional programs, and you choose when to do coursework rather than trying to match your life to a restrictive campus schedule. In addition, online MBA programs allow students to work at their own pace, and in many cases, can be completed in a year. They also provide specific classroom benefits for online learners.

Faculty With Real-World Experience

Online programs attract faculty members with corporate management experience who want to share their knowledge. This sharing of ideas based on their real-world experience provides students with a better grasp of business theories. Access to experienced faculty members ensures students receive current and practical knowledge to enhance their understanding of today's global business world and develop the skills needed to succeed.

Enriched Class Discussions

Online lectures, discussions and group projects allow MBA candidates to schedule class time to best facilitate their own individual learning styles. Students develop thoughtful and interesting contributions when they have time to think before sharing their ideas with the class. This hallmark of online learning benefits everyone — students and instructors. An online learning platform encourages the open exchange of ideas and creates a rich environment for the co-creation of knowledge.

New Learning Tools

New technologies facilitate unique and effective learning strategies that benefit students with different learning styles. Technological tools designed for collaboration provide students an efficient and manageable vehicle for engaging in group projects. Interaction with instructors is simplified, and electronic transmission of feedback allows for detailed responses to help students develop a higher level of knowledge.

In addition, the virtual environment allows instructors to easily share a range of resources, providing opportunities for students to explore specific areas of interest to enhance their learning experience.

Networking Online

An online MBA program also provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty and students from around the world. With no schedule or geographical restrictions to impede participation, students in the virtual classroom interact with peers who have varied life, work and educational experience. This exchange of knowledge encourages learners to exchange varied perspectives, thus deepening understanding and encouraging effective communication.

Earning an MBA online offers multiple benefits for degree seekers. Cost savings, flexibility and an expedited path to a highly valued graduate degree -- combined with the learning opportunities offered via a virtual classroom -- make an online MBA program a smart choice for students who want to move their careers forward.

Learn more about SIUE's online MBA programs.

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