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Choosing an MBA Program with Ivey

Not all MBA programs are created equal, and you owe it to yourself to make an informed decision.

The MBA is going to be one of the biggest investments you make in yourself, so take the time to do your research and explore the different options. You want to make sure that the program you ultimately choose is going to be the best fit for your learning style, personality and career goals.

Tips and Tricks for Choosing an MBA Program

With so many options to choose from, you need to consider what program length, location, learning style, class size, elective offerings, and career support best suit your needs and goals. Determine which criterion are the most important to you.

Create a Short-List of Programs

With your list of must-haves in hand, begin your research into specific programs. Get more detailed information from school websites, and gain insider perspectives by reading student blogs and social media channels.


Talk to people: friends, family, colleagues, alumni, staff, recruiters. Ask about their experiences and lessons learned. Talking to people will give you first-hand insight that can't be found online or in a brochure.

Attend Events and Introduce Yourself

When you've determined the short list of programs you feel best suit your needs and goals, get out and attend events. The staff and faculty working for a school reflect the type of culture and personality of the program, so these interactions will provide you with first-hand understanding of whether or not it's a good fit. 

Be sure to take the time to introduce yourself and share a little about yourself and your goals. This can help the recruiting and admissions team put a face to the name if and when you do apply. Remember that first impressions are powerful, so you want to be positive and professional.