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Which business master's degree is right for me?

It can be difficult to decide which business master’s degree program to pursue. What is the difference between a full-time and a part time MBA? How does a Master of Accounting degree prepare me for CPA licensure? With so many business graduate programs to choose from, it can be challenging to make distinctions between the different courses and figure which one is best for you.

To decide which program is right for you, start by getting clear about your own career goals and time management needs. A program that doesn’t advance your career or fit your timeline will not be as valuable as one that matches your needs. Top Universities suggests you consider how your program’s specializations fit your needs, how the master’s qualification will improve your career, and how the duration of the program fits into your plan. The Sellinger School of Business offers a comprehensive range of business graduate programs with various MBA specializations and business master’s degree programs in accounting and data science. Sellinger is also proud to offer flexible programs that work with a variety of schedules, offering weeknight evening, hybrid and some online course formats in addition to a full-time MBA program.

After you have decided on which business graduate program will fit your schedule and further your career, the investigation continues. Fox Business suggests choosing a program by comparing reputation vs. rankings of your prospective graduate school, factoring in the cost of the program and talking to other students and professionals about their experiences with the program. The article stresses that reputation is more important to employers than ranking. However, information about reputation is much harder to gain than information about ranking. Talking to current students, faculty, and graduates can give you a better picture of how the program can be of benefit to your career and help you make a more informed choice when approaching your final decision. Consideration of a school's alumni network is also an important component - providing access to valuable benefits such as networking, continued education, and career services. The Loyola alumni network is more than 20,000 members strong with vast and influential networks connecting current and former students in our region and around the world.

The Sellinger School wants to help its students choose the program that is right for them, and the business school offers all prospective students the opportunity to visit campus and even “test drive” one of the MBA classes so they can experience the program. If you’re trying to figure out which program is right for you, you can compare our business programs and register for an upcoming information session or test drive for an in-depth look at the wide variety of graduate business degree programs offered at Loyola University of Maryland.