Deciding which academic institution to study at for your MBA

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If you have been in the working world for a few years, you may find yourself wanting to study further. If you are in business and especially in corporate business, or even if you’re wanting to start or go into business, growing a deeper knowledge of the business world is a great skill development exercise that will never go to waste.

Many people look at doing a Masters in Business Administration, or MBA as it is commonly abbreviated and referred to. An MBA is not a stock standard qualification, depending on where you decided to study, the academic institution will design their programme, subjects, and contents according to what they consider as the best academic offering. This makes it hard to decide where you might want to do your Masters in Business Administration. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to go about making this decision.

Where there is money

A seemingly obvious place to start out is looking for who you can get funding from. If universities are offering scholarships, education loans or bursaries and you meet the criteria, send in your application. After that, it is a waiting game on whether you’ve been accepted. In the meantime, it is also worth looking at what MBA financing options there are. In case you don’t get funding through a scholarship or bursary, you should start figuring out how you can go about funding yourself.

Universities in Australia

According to the Financial Times Global Top 100 MBAs, there are three universities that have featured in 2019. These are the Melbourne Business School, and in Sydney, the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and the Business School and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. The Macquarie Graduate School of Management has campuses both Sydney and Hong Kong.

Universities in Africa

Consider studying in Africa. The four-strong competing universities that offer MBA programmes are the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and Stellenbosch University Business School in the Western Cape.

And in Gauteng, the University of Witwatersrand Business School and University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science. The graduate programmes compete to feature in the Financial Times Global Top 100 MBAs and UCT’s Graduate School of Business has the triple-crown accreditation and is only one of three business schools that have this position.

Global top-ranking universities

If you’re looking to study at the best of the best, have a look at some of the ratings and then compare. There are different rankings that feature, but you will soon see a repetition of schools in the top 15 of each of the various ratings. Here are some of the world’s best business schools.

In the USA there are the well renowned Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School as well as the University of Pennsylvania: Wharton. In France and Singapore, you will find Insead and in China, there are the Ceibs. If you’re more interested in studying in the UK, the London Business School ranks in the top 5 MBA programmes in the last 3 years.

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.