How active military can earn an MBA

Considering MBA programs for military while on active duty

Not every individual serving a tour of duty in the military is planning on the military as a lifelong career. When it is time to enter the private sector, present-day soldiers need a plan for the future. If you are an active service member and want to take the skills you gain while in the armed services into the business sector, you may want to consider adding a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to your resume. There are military-friendly MBA programs that can help you do this while on active duty.

Earn an online MBA while serving

An MBA is an asset when transitioning to the private sector, and the good news is you do not have to wait to earn the degree. While on active duty, you can pursue an online MBA on the GI bill. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Many of the online MBA programs for military personnel offer flexible coursework that you can complete on your schedule. You can simply log on when you are able to view lectures and complete assignments.

Why active military should pursue an online MBA

Military officers are good candidates for an MBA degree for several reasons, including their leadership ability and experience, academic history, and available funding, including taking advantage of an online MBA on the GI bill. Once you have earned the MBA, you are ready to seek promotions in the military or to compete for higher paying positions in the private sector.

Steps to take when considering an MBA

Once you decide to pursue an MBA, you will want to make a self-assessment. You will need to carefully consider your future goals to decide if an MBA will help you achieve those goals. By evaluating the demands of your present situation, you can determine if you will be able to complete an MBA either full- or part-time. Also, you should seek out others on active duty who have started or completed an MBA while serving and learn from their experiences. When you determine an MBA is for you, you will want to research your options. There are a number of schools that offer military MBA programs; you can find the program that provides the coursework and time flexibility you need to reach your goals. When you are looking to advance your career in the military or prepare for a transition to the private sector, you may want to consider earning an MBA. Adding a graduate degree in business to your leadership and work experience in the military can increase your options in the job market and result in higher paying positions. Once you assess your long-term goals and the demands of your work, you can start to research the best military MBA program for you.


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