In Pursuit of an MBA Degree....and Work-Life Balance

Friday, November 16, 2012

In a recent U.S. News and World Report blog post, MBA students are reminded that achieving work-life balance while pursuing an MBA degree is difficult, but doable. Jobs, families, studies, social lives: each of these can be extremely time-consuming in their own right. So, how can MBA students juggle them in combination? Here are a few tips contributed by fellow students:

  1. Outsource: Hire a housekeeper, a babysitter, a gardener - anyone who can help lighten the load.
  2. Go "Off Duty": Designate at least two set times per week that are free of school work, and make time for exercise and rest to stay sharp.
  3. Be Honest about Your Limitations: Setting realistic expectations up front about what you can't do and why can go a long way toward reducing stress.

Tips like outsourcing are often overlooked by cost-conscious students. However, spending $40-50 per month to handle house cleaning or babysitting can free up time for higher-value tasks that only you can do, such as studying, sleeping, or connecting with your spouse. And while a healthy work-life balance is often the first thing to go for executive students, mental breaks and exercise keep your mind efficient, your body healthy, and your sanity intact.

Another major success factor comes in selecting a program that fits your needs.  The new hybrid MBA program at Midland University was created for people with priorities outside of school. We designed this program to strike a balance between too flexible, and not flexible enough. On the one hand, all on-line programs can be so flexible that they take several years to complete (if at all) and students often don't know their classmates. On the other, frequent in-person meeting requirements can displace too many of life's other priorities. By offering something in between, we were able to create an educational experience that balances the demands of work and life:

  • 16-Month Program: Most MBA programs in the region take two years or more to complete. At Midland, you earn your MBA in less than a year and a half.

  • Hybrid Delivery: Midland’s MBA program builds in-person and on-line learning into every course. Students come to the Omaha campus every third Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn in-person and solidify an active network of working professionals. Yet, by spending two of every three weeks working remotely through live on-line classes and individual and team work, you have the flexibility to devote time to responsibilities beyond school.

  • Leverage Your Experience and Expertise: If you have taken business classes previously or if you can demonstrate significant accomplishments in a relevant discipline, you can be awarded up to eight credits that count towards your MBA degree.

  • Global Experience at Home or Abroad: Spend two weeks abroad or remain at home with a U.S. company with global operations to consult on a project developed in partnership with the host business and a faculty advisor.

We would love to tell you more about our program and our guaranteed scholarships for every member of the class starting in January 2013. Please take a look around our site to learn more, or request more info and we will be in touch.


Congrats Midland on the launch of your new MBA program. The benefit to students of an advanced degree goes without saying and the convenience that you are providing makes this an attractive offer to anyone interested in furthering their education!

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