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3 Reasons to Get an MBA in 2021

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May 28, 2021

There are many types of graduate business degrees — finance, accounting, human resource management, organizational leadership, to name a few — but the traditional MBA has recently seen an uptick in interest from professionals in diverse fields.

Let’s get right to it: here are several reasons you should consider getting an MBA in 2021.

More and more mid-career professionals are going back to school for an MBA

In 2020, MBA applications increased for the first time in five years as students and professionals navigated an economic downturn and a struggling job market.

It’s important to note that many recent MBA applicants are mid-career professionals and career changers. According to The Wall Street Journal, an MBA “can help mid-career individuals parlay expertise in areas such as science or the military into business leadership. It also can help in the transition from the public to the private sector at any age.”

Other reasons getting an MBA is worth it:

  • An MBA equips you with the “nuts and bolts” of traditional business management.
  • An MBA empowers you to lead organizational change.
  • An MBA teaches you skill sets that are applicable in a variety of industries.
  • An MBA gives you the leadership skills needed to address a significant talent gap.

So, if you’re looking for a way to increase your competitive edge — especially in light of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 — getting an MBA could be a perfect choice. 

You can get an MBA without a business degree

Whether you have a background in business or not, there are so many reasons to get an MBA if you’re looking to master the art of change leadership and global awareness in your field. Take a look at some of the career roles you can pursue, when you add an MBA to a bachelor’s degree of another major. See some examples below:

  • Communication Degree + MBA = Management Consultant
  • Computer science Degree + MBA = Network Engineer
  • English Degree + MBA = Marketing Specialist
  • Biology Degree + MBA = Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Marketing Degree + MBA = Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

In short, an MBA is broad enough that it teaches you the foundations of business administration and management, but it’s niche enough to serve as a launching pad for your dream career — no matter what industry you’re passionate about. 

The jobs you can get with an MBA are vast

The skills learned in an MBA program are useful in nearly every single industry. From marketing to journalism to finance, an MBA can position driven professionals for significant career advancement in a variety of industries, so let’s explore some of the jobs you can get with an MBA.

Business Operations ManagerDatabase Administrator
Marketing Manager
Health Services Manager
Marketing Specialist
Human Resource Manager
Financial ManagerResearch Coordinator
Information Technology Manager
Business Consultant

These are just a few of the many careers available to those who obtain an MBA — download PLU’s MBA Program Guide to learn more!

Is getting an MBA worth it? At PLU, we make sure it is.

One of the top MBA programs in Washington state, the Pacific Lutheran University MBA program is founded on the cornerstones of leadership, creative innovation, global awareness, and ethical responsibility.

We are committed to preparing the business leaders of tomorrow by teaching forward-thinking business strategies today. If you’re thinking about getting an MBA at PLU, we encourage you to contact us.

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