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Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers over 200 graduate programs on campus, as well as through its online and accelerated programs. With so many opportunities available to students, it’s important to make sure you choose the right program that fits your career goals and lifestyle needs. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right GCU master’s program for you.
What is an MBA?
The acronym MBA stands for Master of Business Administration, but what exactly is an MBA? An MBA is an advanced degree in business that teaches students how to analyze and deal with complex real-world situations. It also prepares you for a variety of careers in management, including corporate positions, consulting, nonprofit work and startups. At a top university like GCU, your experience will be broadened through hands-on learning and small class sizes.
Analyze your career goals
Before you can choose an appropriate graduate program, you first need to understand your own career goals. So take some time to figure out what you want from your education, and how earning a master’s degree will help you reach those goals. This exercise may seem daunting at first—but once you break it down into manageable steps, it becomes much easier.
Do research on the various schools
One of your first steps when considering a master’s program is researching schools in which you might be interested. While you can get information on each school by simply visiting their website, we highly recommend visiting schools in person if at all possible. When you attend an open house or meet with an academic advisor, you’ll be able to learn more about courses, admission requirements and financial aid options.
Consider earning a master’s degree in business analytics
These programs focus on data analysis and decision-making and can prepare you for careers in business administration, marketing, financial management and healthcare. Students with an undergraduate degree in a STEM field—science, technology, engineering or math—may be able to enter these graduate-level programs directly after completing their undergraduate degrees. Individuals who already have a master’s degree can choose from stand-alone master’s in business analytics or add Business Analytics as a second speciality.
Decide on an Online Option
The beauty of GCU’s online graduate degrees is that they allow you to earn your master’s degree without having to leave your current employment. Online courses are delivered by our state-of-the-art Global Campus Network, which allows students across all programs to interact in live classes, participate in real-time study groups and engage with classmates and faculty on a 24/7 basis.
Outline any extra requirements you must meet
While you may assume that all master’s degrees are created equal, nothing could be further from the truth. When choosing a graduate degree program, it’s important to evaluate how each degree meets your specific goals and expectations. A good way to start is by knowing which additional requirements will apply to you (such as a thesis or internship). Then, do some research on programs that meet these criteria and come up with a short list of your top picks.
Learn about financial aid options
The best way to pay for your graduate degree is with financial aid—scholarships, grants, and loans. Grand Canyon University is proud to offer these options, but it’s important that you learn about them before getting accepted into a program so you can start thinking of ways to finance your education. Check out financialaid.gcu.edu or call GCU directly at (877) 228-3188.
Be sure you know where you want to live after graduation
For example, if you want to live in Chicago but your dream program is in Miami, plan on spending a year or two in Chicago post-graduation. It might take you a few years of post-MBA work experience before your job brings you back to your preferred location. Be prepared and make sure wherever you’re working is where you want to be living—otherwise that year or two after graduation could feel like a long time.