Georgia-based military personnel have options for MBA programs

For service members in Georgia, an online MBA may be the best choice

Georgia is home to a large number of military installations including U.S. Army post Fort Benning, known as the home of the infantry, and the U.S. Navy’s submarine base at Kings Bay. Service personnel from all branches live and work in Georgia, but deployments, irregular work schedules and family demands can make it hard for active military to work on an advanced degree such as a Master of Business Administration.

Luckily, there is a solution. With many colleges and universities now offering online classes, earning an MBA near Fort Benning or any other military installation is much more convenient. There are a number of colleges near Fort Benning, GA where active military personnel can begin working on their online MBA almost immediately.

Benefits of an online program

For Army personnel looking to upgrade their education, working on an MBA near Fort Benning is no longer a necessity. Online MBA programs offer the same participation in coursework as standard classes, but the programs are geared toward those who need flexibility in scheduling. Classes may start at different times and on different days to accommodate work times and deployments, and financial aid is available for those who qualify for accredited online programs.

An online MBA combines textbook learning with practical experience

An online MBA program covers such topics as business law, ethics, and organizational theory and behavior, which many service members will have a background in from their time in service. The program will cover marketing management, entrepreneurship, financial management and how to manage today’s information systems. For many who are actively serving in the military, these concepts will be familiar in practice; now, they will have the theoretical background as well.

Earning an MBA provides benefits both in and out of the military

For military officers, commanding a unit means taking responsibility for its budget, its equipment and its performance reviews. These individuals must be problem-solvers, effective communicators and good decision-makers. The knowledge an MBA offers combined with the training provided by the armed forces yields officers more likely to succeed as leaders. Even if posted at Kings Bay, naval personnel can choose to work on an online MBA near Fort Benning or through any other university they choose. If they choose to leave the service, they can take comfort in knowing that many companies such as General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Wachovia Bank seek out former military personnel with MBAs.

The days of military personnel being geographically restricted to an MBA near Fort Benning are over. Online MBA programs present more options for military students; an MBA is an attainable goal with assistance from the school and financial aid from the government.


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