Part-Time MBA vs Full-Time MBA

You’ve made the exciting decision to pursue an MBA, congratulations! Now you must make the tough decision between a Part-time MBA vs Full-time MBA program. Both MBA programs provide rigorous academic content, strong community, and excellent networking opportunities, so how do you decide what is right for you?

The Part-time MBA vs Full-Time MBA debate is common. Some suggest that a part-time MBA provides flexibility while a full-time MBA lets you focus on your development. Regardless of the program, there are tradeoffs to consider.

First let’s outline the key differences in a Part-time MBA vs Full-time MBA.

Full-time MBA

  • This MBA program is a one or two-year commitment with a structured curriculum and a roadmap to graduation with less flexibility in terms of degree completion.
  • Full-time MBA students cannot maintain full-time employment given the structured, cohort format of this MBA program.
  • Those who enroll in a traditional two-year full-time MBA program will also have the benefit of an internship as part of their MBA experience.
  • A full-time MBA is well suited for career switchers due to the internship component and ability to focus on professional development activities in addition to academics.

Part-time MBA

  • This MBA is designed for working professionals. You’ll have the ability to take what you learn in the classroom and immediately apply it to real-life business needs and challenges.
  • A part-time MBA degree is a three-year commitment, with the ability to accelerate the program to two years or decelerate the program to five years based on individual commitments and preferences.
  • Core curriculum for this program is structured while all electives and global requirements are completed at the pace and discretion of the student.
  • Working professionals pursuing a part-time MBA have the added benefit of no career interruption as they work towards either a career shift or promotion within their current organization.

Pursuing your MBA degree is a significant financial investment in yourself and your future. As you decide between a Part-Time MBA vs Full-Time MBA, consider tuition rates and how you will fund your MBA degree. Many Goizueta students utilize personal funds, employer scholarships (primarily for part-time MBA students), business school scholarships, and Emory University financial aid to achieve their educational goals.

While there are significant differences in these programs there are several resources available to help you decide which MBA program format is the right fit for you and your career goals. Goizueta’s graduate admissions team is at the ready to discuss your personal and professional goals to help you find the right fit program. Our world class faculty, alumni, and student ambassadors are also great resources to gain unique insights into each program.

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Tobi Lovelace

Assistant Director Evening MBA Program

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