For Cindy DeVelvis, digital communications specialist with Dayton Power & Light, getting an MBA was all about career growth. She is currently in her second year of Miami's MBA program.
“I wanted to get my MBA because I felt like, for my long-term career goals, it would be beneficial to fill in the educational gaps with the business classes that I didn’t get with my liberal arts undergraduate degree,” said DeVelvis.
Once you know your “why”, determine which of the following is most important to you:
The cost of attending: Does this fit into your budget? Does your company offer tuition reimbursement? For DeVelvis, a selling point on Miami's MBA program was the fact that books are included in the cost of tuition at Miami, making submitting the bill to her company for tuition reimbursement much easier.
- Scheduling and convenience: Can you make this work with your current schedule or lifestyle? According to Bays, the majority of people prefer the part-time MBA model over full-time because it meshes better with their schedules and allows them to continue working.
- Program content and instruction: Does the program's content match what you're looking for or need in order to advance your career?
- Networking opportunities: Will I acquire contacts and networking opportunities from this program that will help me with my career goals?
“You can find information on things like cost, scheduling and convenience online, fairly easily,” said Bays. “But for the program content and teaching, which we consider our ‘sweet spot’ at Miami, you’re probably going to need to dig a little deeper by attending on-site information sessions and talking with alumni or current students.”
In her search, DeVelvis talked with friends and co-workers about local MBA programs and decided that, all things considered, Miami was the best fit for her.
“Miami’s reputation for being among the top MBA programs in the country, and the fact that it’s right here in town, was important to me,” said DeVelvis. “Also, I feel like the program is truly tailored toward working adults. They have meals waiting for us so we don’t have to worry about making that extra stop on the way to class.”
But most importantly, with one year under her belt already, DeVelvis feels a great sense of value in the education she’s receiving. “Every class has provided takeaways that have made me better at what I do in my job every day.”