Boston is one of the academic capitals of the world. It is home to some of the most prestigious global universities, and as such it attracts a growing number of expatriates looking to further their career prospects by undertaking advanced-level qualifications.
If you’re an expat currently living and working in Boston, or planning to in the near future, you may be considering undertaking an MBA (Master of Business Administration). Many professional job roles in the city require an MBA degree as part of their eligibility criteria.
With some of the very best business schools located in Boston, we take a look at some of the top universities offering MBAs for your consideration.
Harvard is universally accepted as having one of the best business schools in the world, so it’s no wonder it attracts so many international students. According to HBS’s own data, 37% of its MBA students are international, with around 8% from Europe. Its MBA program is two years full-time, with a strong focus on real-world application of your skills.
It uses what is known as ‘case method’, a teaching system where students are put in the role of people faced with various difficult decisions in a specific situation. The case method was pioneered by HBS, as it believes it is the best way to prepare for real-life leadership. It also has a requirement for global studies and worldwide learning, so expect some travel as part of the course. The various and comprehensive range of electives enable you to tailor your degree to suit your career path.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is on a par with Harvard with its prestigious, global recognition. Some of the most successful businesses in the world have been founded by MIT graduates. It strongly encourages innovation and invention in its students, looking to face future challenges and create new opportunities.
Students can opt to follow a particular track if they have a committed direction for their career, which includes Enterprise Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Finance. Graduates of this MBA course attract exceptionally high salaries, among the highest MBA salaries in Boston, according to MetroMBA.
Questrom is part of Boston University and it offers a choice of MBA programs to opt for. The Full Time MBA is a two-year course that immerses students into real-life scenarios and situations. There are over 100 unique electives, so it’s possible to customise your course to suit your career path.
A Part-Time MBA may be more appropriate, if you’re studying alongside work. The Professional Evening MBA program (PEMBRA) is very competitive, so applicants have to demonstrate their leadership skills, diversity, professional background and more as part of the application process. It’s a good way of enhancing your future prospects while maintaining your current employment. The university also offers an Executive MBA (EMBA), which is aimed at experienced managers looking to build on their skills.
If you’re looking for a more intensive MBA, Hult offers a Global One-Year MBA program. This is a chance to enhance your existing leadership and business skills, and experience business culture around the world, packed into one very busy year. It’s perfect for those who want to succeed in international business. Many graduates go on to have successful careers in a number of industries, but the most common is Marketing/Sales, according to the Hult Global Carers Report 2018.
It also increases your own earning potential, making that year out worth the while. The same report shows that graduates return to the job market earning, on average, a 156% increase on their pre-MBA salary, which also leads to a faster return on your investment in the program.
Northeastern University’s dedicated business school is devoted to helping its students achieve meaningful business experience, which can give you a real step-up in your chosen career.
It blends world-class academic teaching with in-depth, on-the-job practical placements through its corporate residencies, which are paid and last 3, 6 or 12 months. There is also the opportunity to enroll in electives at any of the Northeastern University colleges to expand your learning and tailor your degree.
If you’re moving to the USA to undertake your MBA degree, Cadogan Tate can help you with your international move.