Gain an MBA without leaving your desk

Advice from the University of London International Programmes
Woman studying for distance learning MBA
MBA graduates have a higher chance of obtaining and holding a high level management position
Although a distance learning MBA still requires a significant commitment in terms of your time, studying online allows you to fit your studies around your work and family life and complete the course at a pace that suits you.

If you have considered doing an MBA to boost your business career, you have probably read the articles about the average salary of an MBA graduate being almost twice that you can expect to earn with a regular university degree. You have probably also read the articles that tell you that 70% of the MBA graduates worldwide are senior managers or board directors.

However, I'm sure you've weighed up these statistics with the significant time commitment required and the high price tag that accompanies an employment-boosting MBA.

So, maybe now is the time to consider a distance learning MBA.

1. You don’t need to put your life on hold to study

Although a distance learning MBA still requires a significant commitment in terms of your time, studying online allows you to fit your studies around your work and family life and complete the course at a pace that suits you.

With a distance learning MBA, the location of the university plays much less of a role than studying on campus. You may still be required to spend some time, say a week or a fortnight, on campus, but this is to allow you to meet your tutors face-to-face and network with other students, usually from around the globe.

This also means that if your work frequently takes you abroad, it won't interfere with your studies.

2. You should make the most of the cost savings and earning potential

The relatively low cost of most distance learning MBAs and the substantial financial rewards for those who complete an MBA are definitely worthy of further consideration.

Although distance learning MBA graduates' salaries tend to be a little lower than those who take a full-time MBA, research conducted by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2010 showed that MBA graduates received a 33 per cent increase in salary immediately following the completion of their course.

3. You will increase your career opportunities

Going hand-in-hand with point number two, graduates of an MBA programme, distance or full-time, have a higher chance of obtaining and holding a high level management position. In fact, as mentioned above, it is estimated that 70% of the MBA graduates worldwide are senior managers or board directors.

An MBA is recognised as the benchmark professional qualification in management and a rigorous and career-oriented MBA qualification tells your employer that you can think strategically and beyond your immediate role.

Therefore, whether you wish to further your career by advancing into a leadership role within your current organisation, or whether you plan to pursue an entirely new career, an MBA is going to improve your chances of achieving your goals.

4. You will gain new skills and experiences

Studying for an MBA forces you out of your professional comfort zone and to think about the latest business problems and the newest management techniques. A distance learning MBA will improve your skills of self-discipline, reflection, analysis, communication, and leadership, all without leaving your desk.

5. You may not have to complete the full course to gain your MBA

Many distance learning MBAs will allow you to apply for accreditation of prior learning - also known as 'credit transfer' or 'advanced standing' - from up to 20% of the degree programme if you have covered a similar syllabus to the same breadth and depth as part of a previous qualification.

So, if cost savings and increased earning potential appeal to you, now might be the time to reconsider gaining your MBA, but this time, without even leaving your desk.