Achieving a Work-Life Balance with the Midland MBA

Midland MBA work-life balance
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Although many see it as a utopian dream, a proper work-life balance is essential to maximizing productivity and job satisfaction in the workplace. In fact, a 2002 study of MBA student attitudes about business and society found that almost 53% of MBA students considered work-life balance as one of three factors most important in their job selection after graduation.

With so much emphasis placed on achieving satisfactory work-life balance after the attainment of an MBA, it makes sense that professionals considering getting an MBA would factor in school-life balance during the program itself.

While it may be true that achieving a balance between work, life, and school during any MBA program is usually much easier said than done, another question facing students in search of an MBA program is whether or not they will even be able to continue to work. Many full-time programs require students to quit their full-time jobs, an option not open to many busy professionals who want to return to business school. 

Traditional MBA programs are normally structured such that either enormous time and scheduling commitments are required in-person, or the program is so disembodied online in the name of flexibility that students lack a driving force to help them complete the program.  This puts the attainment of an MBA out of reach for individuals who can’t leave their job or completely relinquish other time commitments.

The Midland MBA’s hybrid structure, on the other hand, does provide this opportunity, giving busy professionals the opportunity to follow through on their goals to earn an MBA. Here’s how:

  • Hybrid programs are shorter than other MBA programs.
    Most MBA programs—especially those here in the region—take two years or more to complete. Hybrid MBA programs tend to be shorter, and Midland’s is no exception. Our program takes less than a year and a half to complete, meaning that you’ll be done with the program and ready to return back to your previous schedule in just 16 months. 
  • You only have to commute once or twice a month—not every class meeting.
    Compared to in-person MBA programs which require you to commute to the classroom several times a week, or every weekend (a difficult task when also trying to work full-time and balance other scheduling commitments), hybrid MBA programs require much less travel. At Midland, in-person class takes place every third Friday and Saturday. Your schedule will be tight, but because of this commuting schedule, you’ll still be able to work regular hours the vast majority of the time—an opportunity not afforded to most individuals in traditional MBA programs.
  • Online classes are viewed on your schedule.
    One large advantage of hybrid MBA programs is their flexibility. Attendance to in-person class with the Midland MBA program is required, but live attendance to online classes on Saturday mornings is optional. Students can watch (or re-watch) class whenever it’s most convenient for them. The ability to view online classes on your schedule means that you can engage with your classes when you’re ready to learn, not stop everything to learn when your mind is elsewhere.
  • The Midland MBA allows prior credit to be awarded, meaning that you won’t spend valuable time learning something you already know. 
    Students in the Midland MBA program will work through many subjects for the first time, but there are instances where a student could possibly return to a subject they’re already comfortable with. For such cases, we offer prior credit; if a student has completed relevant course work within the past 7 years and meets our other prior credit requirements, they may be awarded credit and be allowed to have a lighter load in terms 1 and 2. Our prior credit program saves time in terms 1 and 2 while others catch up, which can be very helpful as you adjust to the intense schedule you’ll find in attaining your MBA. 

Finding a proper balance between work, life, and school during any MBA program is going to be a challenge no matter how the program is laid out, which contributes to why the degree is so respected.

With that said, hybrid programs are designed to be accessible to business professionals with a desire to succeed, but with less schedule flexibility than that which is required in traditional programs. This can be a major advantage in making the program work for people with many commitments outside of school.

If you think that a hybrid MBA sounds appealing to you and would like to learn more about the MBA program offered here at Midland University, feel free to reach out to us in the comments, on Twitter @MidlandMBA, or through our website. We’d love to answer any questions you may have. 

You can also check out these tips offered by U.S. News & World Report on how MBA students can take control and achieve a work-life or school-life balance while back in school.


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