MBA Types (a quick comparision)


Here we now compare different MBA types that would give students a better idea on which one suits them better.

Though a full-time regular MBA is the most in-demand MBA, more and more students are opting for alternate programs that could fulfil their MBA dreams ie., looking for different types of MBA.

We compare all the different types of MBA viz., Full time, Part-time, Online, Distance, dual (degree + MBA) and finally the executive MBA programmes.

The comparision is not to conclude which is the best, but which suits a student better, their pros and cons, flexibility, coverage etc.,

course period

full-time

2 years

part-time

3-4 years

online

1-2 years

distance

2 years

dual

4-5 years

e-mba

1-2 year
study mode

full-time

weekday classes

parttime

partime mba have evening, weekend and holiday classes

online

daily set time of classes on internet

distance

postal study, weekend classes and interaction via online / video / teleconference

dual

weekday simultaneous classes for degree and mba

e-mba

evening, weekends and holiday classes
eligibility

full-time

degree + entrance exam

parttime

degree

online

degree

distance

degree

dual

HSC / Degree

e-mba

Degree + 3-5 years of managerial experience
career prospects*

full-time

high

part-time

medium

online

medium

distance

medium

dual

medium

e-mba

high
coverage, advantages and disadvantages

full-time

  • in-depth study of the chosen program
  • internships with companies provides practical experiences on real case studies, that enhances knowledge on present management issues.
  • dedicate complete two years for studies
  • fee expenses being high, might need financial assistance from banks.

part-time

  • cover the curriculum topics
  • less focus on internships.
  • daily classes helps in application of the same in day-to-day work
  • hectic schedule with daily work and study
  • fee expenses are comparatively less.

online

  • covers curriculum topics
  • less or no direct internships that affect knowledge gain of real work experience
  • daily interaction, helps in application of the same in everyday work.
  • hectic schedule with strict daily interaction, that requires high level of discipline and time management
  • fee expenses are less.

distance

  • covers curriculum topics
  • less or no direct internships that affect knowledge gain of real work experience
  • weekends classes along with occasional online / telephone / video interaction helps in providing guidance
  • postal study may bring slackness due to no strict schedule or time management
  • fee expenses are less.

dual

  • full time in-depth study of the chosen programs
  • internships with companies provides practical experiences on real case studies, that enhances knowledge on present management issues.
  • hectic schedule covering two degrees requires veryy high level of discipline, concentration and time management.
  • fee expenses are comparatively lower, when compared to fees that goes in getting two degrees individually.

e-mba

  • in-depth study of the chosen programs
  • less focus on internships
  • managerial experiences of students helps in putting up real management case studies that helps in increasing knowledge and problem solving skills.
  • hectic schedule with daily work and study
  • fee expenses are high, which might require financial assistance.
which one to choose?

full-time

for students who have time and could afford, full-time mba is the best option, due to its in-depth coverage.

part-time

parttime mba is for students who are working, this is the best option, and coverage is almost that of full-time course.

online

good for students who can’t travel, but have access to internet with ample time to spare after work / other studies.

distance

for students who have hectic daily schedule, but have weekends and holidays at their disposals could go for it.

dual

good for students who are focussed on a business management degree right from high school level, and take advantage of the overall lower expenses and lesser time taken.

e-mba

for students who are already in managerial positions, but want to leverage their knowledge and profile with management skills.

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