How Do I Choose the Best Advanced Management Program?

Kristie Lorette
Kristie Lorette
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Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone

An advanced management program tends to be a college program that allows you to earn your master’s degree. An advanced management program allows you to extend and expand your knowledge in business management, primarily through conceptual and more hands-on work than an undergrad program. Choosing the best advanced management program for you requires you to identify schools that are accredited, that offer the curriculum you seek, are conveniently accessible and that fit into your budget.

The best place to start is by compiling a list of accredited educational institutions that offer an advanced management program. Schools typically list their accreditation on the website or you can contact the school to see which accreditations the school holds. In the United States, the U.S. Department of Education is another source you can turn to identify accredited schools or find out if a particular school is accredited. In other countries, seek information from similar educational governmental or private organizations that accredit these programs.

Review the curriculum for each school you are considering. Contrast and compare the courses that you are required to take under each of the programs. You should also review the elective course options. While some classes are standard from school to school, other schools offer more class options than others, so you may find a curriculum with a course of study that is more interesting to you.

How you will attend the classes is another major consideration for choosing an advanced management program. If you prefer the on-campus experience, then you should narrow your list of programs down to those you can take in person. If you prefer to complete your courses when and where you want, then an online program may best suit your needs. How you learn may also dictate whether you choose an online or offline program.

The cost of the program also plays a key role in which one works best for you. As you go through your list of accredited institutions with curriculum and course delivery that interest you, note the cost for completing the program. Mark off any programs that are more than your budget. From the remaining list, go through and re-review all of the elements of the program.

As a final way to narrow down your choices, review the admission requirements for each program. Some schools in the US require you to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), so your test scores have to meet the school’s minimum requirements. Minimum GPA requirements from your undergrad degree is another popular admission requirement. Mark off any schools that have admission requirements you do not or cannot meet.

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