Master of Business Administration for Military & Veterans

Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

What can you do with an MBA?

A Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most sought after degrees in post-secondary education. Whether getting a graduate degree has always been an academic goal or the prospects of a great promotion with fantastic pay has recently inspired earning an MBA, having a Master’s in Business Administration is one of the best assets a job seeker and career climber can possess. Entry level jobs and entry level pay are no longer a consideration for students earning their MBA from an accredited school. For those striving for high paying jobs, careers offering upwards mobility, and even those seeking to be successful entrepreneurs, an MBA is the ideal degree for future success.

Is a Master’s in Business Administration hard?

So, you’ve decided to earn your Master’s in Business Administration. Now what? Earning an MBA is not difficult. In fact, this degree has so many options from so many accredited schools, finding the perfect program can make earing your MBA easy and fun!

With the abundance of great schools offering MBAs and the variety of MBAs available, students have quite a few option to sort through before deciding on the school and program that’s best for them.

Getting a Master’s in Business Administration

The Traditional MBA

The traditional MBA is offered as a campus-based program that can be completed in approximately 2 years. MBA programs blend foundational skills of core business disciplines with essential soft skills such as effective communication, leadership skills, public speaking, executive presentations, and team building to help create excellent leaders across all industries.

Since a degree in business opens up a broad range of employment opportunities in a variety of industries, traditional MBA programs make an effort to be all-encompassing. Traditional MBA programs will offer a broad scope of education and address skills of core business disciplines including:

  • Banking
  • Health care
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Entertainment
  • Defense
  • Computer/electronics
  • Education
  • Government agencies
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Hybrid, Online, and Accelerated

The times, they are a changin’! While many colleges and universities still offer traditional, campus-based programs, more and more schools are incorporating hybrid programs that offer students the option to take some courses remotely. This benefits both the students and the schools. Students save time, money, and effort commuting to and from campus and schools are positively impacted by remote courses by reducing the student load on campus impacting everything from traffic and parking congestion, to classroom availability, and school employee workload including instructional and non-instructional staff.

In addition to campus-based and hybrid programs, online MBAs are another popular format for those seeking an MBA. In fact, online Master’s degrees have increased drastically in popularity and number of offerings in the past several years. Online programs are typically geared towards the working professional and are often offered in an accelerated format. Accelerated programs are offered in a more intense and shortened format so that programs may be completed in less time than a traditional MBA.

MBA Concentrations and Specializations

If you are already working in a particular industry or would like to change your career path, an MBA concentration (or specialization) can be a great way to enhance the skills desired in the chosen field. Typically, a concentration adds specific courses to the core MBA program and students will take a deeper dive into those specialization subjects. Popular concentrations include:

  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Fashion Operations
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Sustainability

Dual Degree MBA

The job market can be competitive! An MBA adds value to any other degree a student is pursuing. A dual degree demonstrates a student’s exceptional work ethic and the ability to address an industry from multiple perspectives. Dual degrees can be earned in any combination; popular combinations include:

  • Bachelor’s and MBA
  • MBA and JD (Juris Doctorate)
  • BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and MBA

A dual-degree MBA program helps set students apart in their chosen field of study as students earn 2 degrees simultaneously.

GI Bill®-Approved Schools with MBA Programs

Ready to earn your MBA? Check out these programs available at our partner schools!

Online MBA Programs

Bethel University– Offers an MBA as a hybrid program, campus-based, and online. Bethel offers several concentrations for the MBA including:

  • Data, Economics, and Development Policy Concentration
  • Finance Concentration
  • Healthcare Administration Concentration
  • Management Concentration
  • Principles of Manufacturing Concentration
  • Statistics and Data Science Concentration
  • Strategy and Execution Concentration
  • Supply Chain Management Concentration

Bethel University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Bethel University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Concordia University of Ann Arbor– Offers a fully online Master’s of Business Administration. Concordia also offers a campus-based Bachelor of Science in Human Resource and Strategic Management. Concordia U-Ann Arbor has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Concordia U-Ann Arbor also proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Concordia University of Wisconsin– Offers a fully online Master’s of Business Administration. Concordia U-WI has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Concordia U-WI is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

St. Bonaventure University– Offers a fully online Master of Business Administration. St. Bonaventure University also offers an MBA as a campus-based program. St. Bonaventure University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exam. St. Bonaventure University is approved for Tuition Assistance and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

MBAs with Unique Specializations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide– Offers a fully online Master’s of Business Administration in Aviation. ERAU-Worldwide has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams. ERAU-Worldwide is approved for Tuition Assistance and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Golden Gate University– Offers a fully online MBA. Golden Gate-SF offers an abundance of concentrations including:

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Sustainability

Golden Gate-SF has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Golden Gate-SF is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Lasell University– Offers quite a few MBAs in both hybrid and online options including:

Lasell University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams. Lasell University is approved for Tuition Assistance and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Norwich University– Offers a fully online MBA with several areas of concentration including:

  • Construction Management
  • Energy Management
  • Finance
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Management

NU Online has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. NU Online is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Dual Degree MBA Programs

Stetson University Deland– Offers a 100% online dual degree program where students earn an MBA from Stetson University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from AdventHealth University.  Stetson is a GI Bill approved school, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Stetson is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Baltimore– Offers a traditional MBA. The University of Baltimore also offers a variety of dual-degree MBAs including:

  • B.A./J.D.
  • B.A./M.S. in Nursing
  • B.A./Pharm.D.

The University of Baltimore has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. The University of Baltimore is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Traditional MBA Programs

University of the Incarnate Word– Offers a traditional Master of Business Administration. UIW has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UIW is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Ready to become a true expert in the field? Earn a Doctorate in Business Administration!

Gardner-Webb University- Offers a traditional MBA, an accelerated MBA, and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Gardner-Webb has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP exam, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Gardner-Webb is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Is a Master’s in Business Administration worth it?

Yes, an MBA is worth it! With so many MBA programs and specialties to choose from, a student should have no problem finding a program that they truly enjoy. Keep in mind that MBA programs are offered from your favorite colleges and there are an abundance of distance-learning options for students. With all these factors there really is no reason not to earn your MBA, for both career and personal gains!

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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About the author

Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.

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