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Benefits of an MBA Degree

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With AACSB accreditation and exclusive use of graduate professors who carry a Ph.D., SVSU's business program ranks in the top 5 percent of business schools in the world. Named by the Princeton Review as one of the Best Business Schools, SVSU blends advanced teaching with practical application to produce graduates who are well prepared to advance their careers and face a range of business challenges. Program completion can be accomplished completely online or through a hybrid online and in-class format. All face-to-face classes meet in the evening.

1. Accreditation

When trying to decide where you want to earn your MBA, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not the university's business school is accredited by the AACSB-International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International). AACSB-International accreditation is the premier standard of achievement for business schools. Less than 5% of all schools of business worldwide are AACSB accredited. SVSU is the only business school located in Saginaw, Midland or Bay City with AACSB-International distinction. "AACSB-accredited schools have the highest-caliber instructors, and offer the leading-edge courses and programs that businesses look for when hiring the leaders they need today—and tomorrow."


2. Versatility, Applicable Skills

 “Do you already have in-depth industry experience, but want to take your career further? Whether you've worked in hospitality, supply chain and logistics, healthcare, or another industry, the business skills you'll gain from an MBA program can consolidate your knowledge and secure you a powerful position as an industry leader or successful entrepreneur.”

-- The Princeton Review

3. More Favorable Job Opportunities

“According to a study by the Graduate Management Admission Council, as of 2017, MBA recruitment is rising. In a recent survey, Poets&Quants also reported that close to 80 percent of participating employers will hire MBA graduates this year, 10 percent more than in 2016.”

-- The Princeton Review

“If you’re looking for the MBA to help you get into the executive suite, it may be just the ticket you need. According to a study by Accountemps, a global temporary staffing service for accounting and finance professionals, 80 percent of executives responding to the survey said that a graduate degree in business is still important to reach senior management ranks within most companies. And there is growing evidence that having an MBA not only gives you more leverage in dictating new job titles and salary but also gives you leverage in achieving a better balance between work (read: fewer hours working) and life outside work.” Ann Nowak, manager of college relations at Liberty Mutual Group, a global insurance company based in Boston, says this about the MBA, “We’re interested in people who have geographic flexibility upon finishing the program. We’re an organization with close to 900 U.S. locations. Our regional operations, many of which are stand-alone small businesses, need managers. The more geographic flexibility you have, the more career options you will have.”

-- Live Career, 2019

4. Open the Door to Thriving Career Opportunities

“Graduates of part-time or full-time MBA programs have higher chances of holding a high-level management position and enjoying successful MBA careers. Over 50% of MBA graduates worldwide are senior managers or board directors. This type of position brings a higher salary, but also greater responsibilities.

According to Bloomberg, top employers hiring the most MBA graduates in Europe include Deloitte, Ernst & Young, McKinsey, and Boston Consulting Group. American companies like Apple, IBM, Procter and Gamble, and Amazon are also hunting for MBA graduates.” 

-- Study Portal Masters 

5. Average MBA Salary and Bonus

U.S News data shows that pay among MBA grads depends on which sector they enter. Those who work in the consulting sector are paid an average salary exceeding $130,000, while those who work at a nonprofit typically earn less. The average newly minted MBA who works at a nonprofit earns slightly more than $81,000.

-- US News

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