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Enrolling in a Master of Business Administration program can be stressful. Once enrolled, the stress can continue.

To combat worries and personal doubt, local institutions offered advice about what one should consider when starting their higher educational journey, as well as best practices for current students.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those currently enrolled in an MBA program?

“My advice for students is to take advantage of the resources their school offers. Connecting with alumni to discuss their career path, participating in internships and study abroad opportunities can be an excellent way to network. When students put extra effort in their graduate program, they can get a lot more out of the experience. Even if students don’t need a job currently, they should participate in job fairs and networking opportunities with employers because they may be able to provide a connection for someone else or establish a relationship that will be beneficial in the future.”

- Kelly Barger, graduate enrollment and brand manager at the University of Toledo’s College of Business and Innovation

“Manage your time. Having multiple responsibilities in addition to school, you need to prioritize ALL aspects of your life accordingly. Listen very carefully to others in class. They provide unique perspectives and insights that are part of your overall learning, and apply this information to your current situation.”

- Doug Bird, director of the Parker MBA program and adjunct professor at Lake Erie College

What is the most important thing to consider when choosing and applying to an MBA program?

“When seeking an MBA, applicants typically consider faculty, accreditation and work-life balance. MBA candidates should also consider universities that offer a portfolio of different MBA options as well as university partnerships with the business community. Networking opportunities beyond the classroom experience and program flexibility are invaluable characteristics of top business schools.”

- Heidi Hylton Meier, associate dean for academic programs and student affairs, and chair and professor of accounting at Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business

“It’s difficult to pinpoint one thing when in reality, students should be looking into a variety of qualifications, including high-level curriculum, experienced faculty and flexibility. Consider what employers would be looking for along with the program benefits, like international travel and worldly experiences.”

- Elad Granot, dean at Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics

Publisher’s note: Elad Granot is a member of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company Board of Directors

“Program flexibility is most important when choosing an MBA program. At Ursuline College, our MBA program is designed for working professionals. We offer full- and part-time options with evening and online classes available. Our program consists of 11 business classes, each running seven weeks in duration.”

- Sharon Sammon, instructor at Ursuline College’s MBA program

“There are a number of items to consider when choosing an MBA program, however prospective applicants should especially consider the following two: Program quality – Is the MBA you are considering accredited by the top-level accrediting body for business programs, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business? Do not just look for the cheapest MBA. Also, how the program will fit into your already busy life. The online MBA with Kent State University is flexible, allowing students to decide how heavy they want their course load to be. The executive MBA at Kent State University is also tailored to working professionals by offering convenience. Students are required to travel to the Kent, Ohio campus just one weekend per month, with online content during weeks in-between.”

- Amy Kittle, program coordinator at Kent State University’s Online and Executive MBA program

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