Is a distance MBA worth it?
An MBA program is a valuable asset for any management aspirant. It’s not a compulsory course to get into the corporate world. However, when you pursue an MBA or PGDM program from a reputed university or B-School like Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, you arm yourself with all the skills that will help fuel your growth in the corporate world. MBAs are also tremendously beneficial for the executives who hold significant positions in their organisations, however, are not happy with their careers and thinking about switching industry or start their own ventures. Full-time programs are the best of the lot. However, universities and institutions associated with universities also offer part-time MBA/PGDM courses, online courses, as well as distance programs. In this article, we will look into the pros and cons of a distance MBA program and see whether such a program is worth your efforts.
The pros of distance MBA
- Lenient eligibility criteria and selection procedure: For most of the distance MBA courses, you only need to be a graduate. That’s it.
- No Age bar: Again, there is no age bar for pursuing a distance MBA course.
- Study at your convenience: It’s a distance course. You can study the materials at your pace and from your place.
- Flexibility: Flexibility is what makes distance programs so popular. The program is flexible in the sense that you can pursue it when you want – from your home, 2-hours a day or 3-hours a day, and then there is no obligation to visit and study at the centres appointed by the university in your city.
- Affordable fee: When compared to traditional and full-time MBA and PGDM courses, a distance MBA is way more affordable.
The cons of distance MBA
- Lack of exposure: Distance MBA programs do not offer internships and industry visits.
- No networking opportunity: In a full-time MBA or PGDM course, a student gets tremendous amount of opportunities to meet like-minded individuals. In distance programs, you do not get this sort of opportunity.
- No placement: More than often, universities that offer distance MBA courses do not assist with placements.
- Corporate recognition: Except the distance programs from the top universities, most of the distance MBA programs are not whole heartedly welcomed by the corporate.
Now that we have told you the pros and cons of a distance course in management, we urge you to weigh them and see whether a distance MBA will fuel your professional growth. For full-time AICTE approved PGDM programs from Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, please speak with us at 1800 1133 34. At Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, we offer AICTE and Ministry of HRD (Govt. of India) approved PGDM Programs. Founded in 1996, the institute e offers 100 per cent quality placements across sectors and industries. Some of the prominent recruiters on the campus of Asia-Pacific Institute of Management include Accenture, Flipkart, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Tata Motors, ITC Limited, L’Oreal India, Birla Sun Life, Indiabulls, and EY.