British National newspaper, The Telegraph, interviews EuroMBA's programme director Stuart Dixon, about the competences needed to study in the challenging and exciting online environment.
By Nick Morrison
10:36AM BST 31 Mar 2015
Combining studying for an MBA with working can seem the best of both worlds, where students not only gain a sought-after qualification but also have the opportunity to embed their learning by putting it into practice in their day job. It can also be an ideal choice if you wish to study while working overseas.
But what does it involve to get on to a course in the first place? What do you need in qualifications and experience – as well as finances – and how do you know if it is right for you? And how do tutors decide who gets a place?
Admissions criteria vary between business schools, but unlike many campus learning MBAs, the online or distance version is often aimed at those who already have a substantial degree of experience behind them.
At Henley Business School in Oxfordshire, candidates normally need an upper second class degree and a minimum of three years' management experience, says Richard McBain, head of post-experience postgraduate programmes and responsible for the MBA courses.
This compares with three years' work – rather than management – experience expected on the campus variation. Candidates without a degree are usually required to have five years in management behind them. This helps ensure students are at similar stages in their careers, which is an important element of the peer learning – an integral part of the course.
"We want people to share their experiences because that is part of the learning approach," says McBain. "We want people to be able to swap ideas and learn as much from each other as they do from the programme."
Some business schools use the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), which measures quantitative and verbal reasoning, as a way of filtering prospective MBA students. Although Henley uses this for its full-time course, it is not required for the online version, where management experience is seen as more important, says McBain.