Saint Leo University’s Online MBA Programs: A Smart Answer for Today’s Economy

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Research shows benefit of staying employed and attending graduate school part time

Online MBA programs infographic

Online MBA programs infographic from Saint Leo University.

For many college students, the future might look far from bright, with a weak job market, national student loan debt at $1 trillion, and interest rates on subsidized federal Stafford student loans possibly doubling in July. Faced with such financial barriers, it’s easy to wonder: is an advanced degree worth the price? For students enrolled in online MBA programs, the answer is yes.

Earning a MBA can be a powerful move in your career, giving you an edge in your current position or opening doors to new possibilities. After all, MBA graduates have the potential to earn $93,820 in their first year of work, including a signing bonus. But when the economic climate is filled with uncertainty, many question the logic in leaving a current job to pursue an MBA full time. That’s the beauty of online MBA programs; a student can learn while they continue to be employed.

Here are a few highlights of the research we compiled:

  •     Flexibility at your own speed: Busy professionals can easily integrate online courses into their schedules, completing an MBA in as fast as 1 year or extending their studies as long as 5 years. This flexibility is essential for those trying to balance demanding careers with families and other personal obligations.
  •     Competitive value: According to Pew Research Center, a Washington D.C. think tank, 51 percent of college presidents say online courses provide the same value as traditional courses. With many prestigious brick-and-mortar universities now offering online MBA programs, they’ve raised the bar on online education.
  •     Lengthen your lifespan: Cognitive psychology research published in a landmark study known as Midus shows that higher education helps your mind stay fit. It increases your neural circuits, safeguards cognitive faculties, decrease the risk of dementia, and even helps you live longer.

Saint Leo University has summed up this research in a useful infographic, which is published on the university’s website. The infographic, titled Top 5 Reasons to Pick an Online MBA, synthesizes statistics from Pew Research Center, Graduate Management Admission Council and others into an easy-to-digest visual that demonstrates the benefits of earning an online MBA—from enhancing your earning potential to helping you live longer.

Online MBA Programs Offer Options

At Saint Leo, students enrolled in online MBA programs or those studying on campus, learn to analyze and resolve complex business problems, excel in oral and written communication, and make ethical, economically responsible decisions in the context of a diverse set of stakeholders. Students can choose concentrations in accounting, health care management, human resource management, information security management, marketing, sport business. With director approval, students can pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently.

Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Saint Leo University's Donald R. Tapia School of Business is the largest Catholic business school in the U.S., with students and alumni in more than 50 countries. The school was founded in 1889, and has offered online MBA programs since 2002.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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