If you are a bit late in deciding to enroll in an MBA program due to your existing work schedule, then you can still earn the degree in many ways. One such method is by enrolling in a Weekend MBA degree program from a reputed Business School.
Weekend MBA degree programs are usually customized for meeting the demands of full time working professionals who can only dedicate their Fridays or Saturdays for academic study activities. The classes for a Weekend MBA degree program usually start between 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Mostly Weekend MBA and Evening MBA provide the same experience to the students.
The Weekend MBA degree programs for working professionals are usually of different durations, ideally most business schools require students to complete the program in 20-22 months. The course requires the student to achieve a certain credit requirements to complete the program. Needless to say the weekend MBA degree program is considered rigorous by many working professionals.
Not everything is harsh with this program, as students are provided with timely food, refreshments, lodging support and travel arrangements. Most Weekend MBA programs require their students to take an international study trip too. The course curriculum and faculty support are generally similar to that provided in a full time MBA degree program of the same school.
A weekend MBA program can be completed by a student in two to three years, ofcourse some schools provide the flexibility of completing the course within 5 years. Admissions to Weekend MBA program usually require considering the GPA and GMAT scores of the candidates, apart from their work experience and age.
GMAT waiver is granted by certain business schools provided the applicant is able to show sufficient work experience and convince the School in writing why GMAT should be waived. Typically all business schools admit students with more than five years of work experience.
Most business schools also provide financial aid including federal and private loans to the students. The cost for the entire Weekend MBA program at a reputed business schools ranges between $80000 and $90000. However this includes – tuition fee, food, overnight housing, study materials cost etc.
Some of the reputed B-Schools offering Weekend MBA degree program include – University of Chicago Booth, Haas School of Business- Berkeley, UNC Kenan Flagler, Duke University- Fuqua School of Business, Michigan State University etc.