You’re facing a real dilemma—do I go back to college to become a full time student again? Or do I stick with my career and earn my MBA online, on the side? The good news is that Auburn offers both online and on-campus MBAs, with a lock-step curriculum that ensures you get the same classes, the same tests, and the same professors, regardless of which route you choose. The bad news is that there’s perks to both, making your decision that much more difficult. Allow us to detail half of those perks; here’s the top 5 reasons to choose an on-campus MBA:
- Graduate Research Assistantships. A number of our students are offered graduate assistantships and graduate research assistantships. These assistantships offset the cost of tuition (excluding HCOB fees) by up to 100%, and offer monthly stipends. Not a bad deal if we do say so ourselves! And yes, we do say so ourselves.
- International Experience. Everyone talks about global business, but not everyone gets to witness it up close and personal. On-campus MBA students go on a ten-day international trip during the spring semester. Nearly all costs are covered through HCOB fees. Previous cohorts have visited Peru, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, and Italy, among other places. While there, they’ve done everything from walk the factory floor of the Lamborghini plant to something something in such and such place. Yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
- Professional Development. Since 2014, the Auburn MBA Programs have teamed up with the Center for Creative Leadership, an award-winning professional development organization. The on-campus cohort has three overnight leadership retreats (one at the start of each semester) with CCL. Facilitators from CCL lead the group in various activities that aim to help participants lead self, lead others, and lead organizations. All that and a weekend spent bonding with your classmates and colleagues!
- The Association of Graduate Business Students (AGBS) plans business visits, company-sponsored tailgates, and other networking opportunities for on-campus MBA students. Some professors include field-trips to different companies as part of their class curriculum. Past cohorts have visited Delta Headquarters, the Kia manufacturing plant in LaGrange, and something something somewhere. Of course, the classmates you spend 18 months with might end up being your best networking opportunity.
- Auburn, of course! Okay, we might be a little biased, but we think Auburn is the prettiest campus in the nation. An on-campus MBA guarantees plenty of time soaking in the Alabama sun (and plenty of Alabama humidity soaking you), and worthwhile face-to-face interaction with professors and peers. And Auburn’s pretty great for football fans, lemonade drinkers, and tree enthusiasts, too.
Tempting, isn’t it? That’s why our on-campus MBA cohorts are so diverse, from recent college grads to professionals with twenty years’ experience, and everyone in between. Convinced?