Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is the useful degree for students seeking to join the industry as a business management professional. This degree requires not only the considerable investment of money but also requires dedicated time and energy. Opting to pursue this degree is a big decision and needs the complete attention of prospective students to understand the essential components of this program.
Here I am sharing few essential things you must look for in an MBA program to choose the best among MBA programs in Saudi Arab.
Elective and Specialized courses
This degree has no longer remained limited to business management subjects. Instead, it has expanded and included several specialisations. A good program covers all core subjects with electives and specialisation subjects. Don’t forget to check the potential of school offering specialisations in multiple fields. Do they change their courses frequently? If this is the situation, you may miss out a critical course. Delve into the details of subjects of a program to ensure it will provide you all the essential knowledge and skills you may need.
Faculty and study tours
You can easily get inspired after watching the list of highly qualified professors in the university prospectus. You should also inquire about the students and teacher participation in consultancy projects, media engagements and research projects during the degree program. To successfully conduct these activities, students and teachers have to collaborate with each other. Sadly this information is not mentioned on website and brochures. Speaking to the students is the best way to obtain this kind of information.
As you are going to spend the coming years at the campus, you can’t ignore the culture. Institutes have different environment; few of them have a competitive environment, whereas others have a collegiate atmosphere where students work together. Similarly, if we observe students preferences, few students like the university, where they can party whereas others are comfortable with the secured environment. Do some research to find the environment to pick the university with culture and environment that’s comfortable for you.
Regardless of the types of degrees, a university is offering; every university utilises resources to provide a range of facilities for its students. These facilities include well-equipped lecture halls, state of the art research facilities, high-speed internet and libraries along with comfortable lounges, cafeteria and hostel facilities for the international students. Presence of the mentioned facilities at university campus will significantly increase the program fee. If you are expecting these facilities in your surroundings, you will be paying huge money.
Career counselling service
Career counselling is critical for every student. Especially, if a student is pursuing MBA degree to switch his career, he will essentially need dedicated career counselling from business school career department. Enquire university admission office whether they provide support to their students in job search, resume writing and interview techniques. Efficient career counselling is very beneficial for the students.
Business management is dynamic subject. Coursework of this degree program has to be designed purposefully to cater student requirements. In addition to including global content in the curriculum, universities also hire foreign professors in the faculty to enhance program worth.
Choose location carefully, whether you are attending a full-time program or part-time program. If you are a full-time student, you will have to think about the location more carefully to pick the most suitable place matches your expectations of life and work in future.
Accreditation and rankings
Ideally, a university offering business degrees must possess all the essential accreditation and certifications to show the proof of its eligibility. These three bodies Association must accredit a business school to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association of MBAs AMBA.
Endnote: MBA programs in Saudi Arab are becoming popular among native and international students. Students should choose a suitable program that matches with their career requirements.