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MBA FAQs

You've been putting it off for years, but now you've decided it's time to get your MBA. You start paying attention to all the ads and announcements for open houses and information sessions. And it gets confusing. With so many MBA programs out there, how do you decide which one is right for you?

To help you begin your decision process, we've listed a few of the questions most frequently asked by prospective MBA students.

How important is a school's accreditation? ~ Show Answer

It seems as if everyone is accredited these days. But not all accreditations are alike. Butler is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting body for business schools, founded by such highly regarded institutions as Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern and Yale.

Most of the MBA programs claim they incorporate "real business" into their curriculum. What does that mean? ~ Show Answer

It means different things at every school. At some schools, it means they are using "adjunct" faculty - working professionals who have experience with a course's subject matter. On the surface, that sounds pretty good. Unfortunately, not all adjuncts are good teachers, which means you could end up hearing old war stories rather than learning.

At Butler, we rely primarily on our full-time faculty. And we often partner them with business executives to add a real business component to the class discussion. In addition, our class projects tend to focus on actual business problems with vital, relevant input from our many business partners. That means Butler students work on current problems rather than just case studies.

I have a job and a family, and I'm concerned about how much school will disrupt my life. Any advice? ~ Show Answer

We understand that life "happens." Some people must travel for work and others have parenting obligations and commitments. For busy students, flexibility is key. Unfortunately, many MBA programs are notoriously rigid. You enter as one of a cohort group and continue through the program at a pace dictated by the school. Skipping a semester or just taking a lighter class load for the spring can cause major problems.

We built our MBA program around the concept of flexibility. You decide how many classes you take in a semester. You decide how quickly you progress toward your degree. On average it takes a student 2-2 ½ years to get his or her MBA. Some get on a "fast track" and finish much earlier. Others take longer, and that's OK with us.

Beyond tuition and books, are there other costs I should be concerned with? ~ Show Answer

First of all, make sure you know what the real tuition cost is. Most schools and comparison lists show only the cost per credit hour. You'll need to multiply the cost per credit hour and the number of required hours to get the total tuition cost. The school with the lower cost per credit hour may appear attractive at first. But it might actually require you to take more credit hours to receive a degree, which will end up costing you more than you anticipated.

Also, don't forget to find out about add-on costs, including student fees, enrollment deposits and miscellaneous items. Butler has no extra fees beyond the tuition per credit hour and your books.

How do I know if I'll fit in with the other students in the MBA program? ~ Show Answer

The best way to see if you'll fit in is to visit a class. At Butler it's easy to do. In fact, we encourage it. By monitoring one of our classes, you'll have the opportunity to picture yourself working with other students on a group project and find out how comfortable you will be speaking up in the classroom.

Should I consider an online program or one of these new programs that are being offered away from campuses? ~ Show Answer

Everyone's needs are different. Your decision should be based on the quality of the school, including accreditation, and the respect the school and the MBA program have in the business community. Ask around. Ask your boss. If he or she gives you a "you've-got-to-be-kidding" look when you mention "X University," it's a pretty good sign an MBA from there won't help you much.

Campus-based education offers students several benefits, including convenience and peer interaction. Because our faculty is located here, along with the library, computer labs and other important resources, students can easily meet with their professors and review work. In addition, students also have the opportunity to meet and learn from other students.

A number of MBA programs talk about how "easy" it is to get your MBA. Can an MBA program be easy? ~ Show Answer

Yes, an MBA program can be easy, but a good MBA program will never be easy. Ultimately, your MBA is only as good as the tools you learn during your coursework. That's why a solid MBA program, like the Butler MBA, should be a rigorous learning experience.

If you're just looking for a diploma to frame and hang in that empty spot on your wall, some other institution might be right for you. If you want to get your career to the top, a Butler MBA is well worth the effort.

How can I learn more about a Butler MBA? ~ Show Answer

If you have more questions, please give us a call at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9842 or (317)940-9842. You can also send an e-mail to  mba@butler.edu. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you could be on your way to an MBA!

How long will it take to get my MBA from Butler? ~ Show Answer

 

Since we are a self-paced program, students choose the pace that suits their schedule and lifestyle best. It's important to note, though, all schools do not require the same number of credit hours to graduate. At Butler, you need 38 credit hours of graduate-level coursework to get your degree. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in six competency areas (equivalent to 10 credit hours). Competency area subjects may be waived depending on your previous academic work.


What is the cost of a Butler MBA? ~ Show Answer

The competency area and graduate-level courses are currently offered for $730/credit hour. When comparing the costs between different universities, be sure to consider the total cost (multiply the total number of credit hours required by the cost per credit hour). Some MBA programs in the area have a lower per-credit-hour price but a higher total program cost.

Do I qualify to have prerequisites waived? ~ Show Answer

Prerequisites (foundation courses) may be waived for recently completed course work at the discretion of the MBA academic committee. It is also possible to test out of certain courses. There is no fee for waived courses, or for testing. The current schedule allows for all prerequisites to be completed in one semester if a student chooses to do so.

Do I qualify to have competency area subjects waived? ~ Show Answer

Competency areas courses may be waived for recently completed course work at the discretion of the MBA academic committee. It is also possible to test out of certain subjects. There is no fee for waived courses or for testing. The current schedule allows for all competency area courses to be completed in one semester if a student chooses to do so.

How many nights a week will I have class? ~ Show Answer

Most classes meet one night per week during the regular semester, from 6:00-8:40 p.m. Part-time students will commonly take one or two classes a semester. Summer sessions are accelerated and usually meet twice per week. Part-time students usually take one summer course at a time. Some Saturday sessions are available as well.

The competency area courses are structured slightly differently to allow for quicker progress. These courses are offered in an accelerated format, making it possible to complete all 10 credit hours in just one semester (on a part-time basis).