How to Choose a Graduate Business Program Type to Fit Your Lifestyle

Your reasons for pursuing an M.B.A. or other graduate business degree will help you determine the program that's right for you.

Today’s graduate business degrees offer countless opportunities and directions—practically any setting, anywhere in the world. Schools are offering more degree opportunities, options, and choices than ever before. Your reason for pursuing an M.B.A. or other graduate business degree and the time and resources at your disposal will help you determine the program that’s right for you.

The many popular program options and their benefits at a high level include:

  • Two-year full-time M.B.A. programs: Focus full time on your studies and take advantage of summer internship opportunities.
  • Part-time M.B.A. programs: Work full time during the day and attend classes in the evening or on weekends.
  • One-year full-time programs: Take advantage of a shorter, total immersion experience.
  • Executive M.B.A. programs: Enhance your career and benefit from the shared professional experience of your peers.
  • Joint or dual degree programs (M.B.A./J.D., M.B.A./M.P.A., M.B.A./M.S.W.): Accelerate your education and reenter a field in a different role.  
  • M.B.A. and master’s distance learning/online programs: Pursue your graduate business degree on your own schedule and around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Executive development programs: Focus on specific topics of interest related to your professional expertise or new responsibilities.

Specialized business master’s degrees

In addition to the numerous M.B.A. and executive development program options available, you can advance your career and deepen your knowledge in a particular area with a specialized graduate business master’s degree. Popular specialized master’s degree options include:

  • Accounting or taxation
  • Economics
  • Engineering management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health administration or public health
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial relations or organizational behavior
  • International business
  • Information technology or information systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public administration or public policy
  • Real estate
  • Supply chain management, logistics, or operations

Content provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), makers of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about graduate management education, business school, the GMAT, test prep, and GMAT accepting universities and schools on


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