Being a part of a military family gives you a very different lifestyle from normal people. There is the constant possibility of relocation which always fills your mind with an air of uncertainty. This means that if you decide to undertake an MBA program, it makes almost no sense to take up a fulltime course in a grad school. The best way for people from military families to earn their degree is through online MBA programs. This means that if your family has to move at any given point of time you wonâ€™t have to give up your education.
With online MBA courses you can complete you degree from anywhere in the world. You donâ€™t have to physically attend classes as you can do it from the convenience of your home, a local coffee shopor any other place youâ€™d like.
Another factor hindering the completion of an MBA course is the fact that you cannot give up your whole life in order to pursue it. Many military spouses have household responsibilities and must take care of their family and children. Online coursework is flexible â€“ it allows you to learn as and when you are available. So when your children need to be fed, youâ€™re not stuck within the constraints of a classroom. Instead, you simply step away from the computer, go about your regular duties and come back when you are ready.
As these courses are online they are much more affordable than traditional MBA programs. In spite of their affordable nature, they are still highly regarded by businesses and a degree from accredited online MBA programs hold the same value as traditional ones.
Today, you also has the benefit of MyCAA. MyCAA â€“ the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts â€“ provides financial assistance to military spouses pursuing degrees which lead to employment in portable career fields. It offers a financial benefit of upto $4,000 and requires students to finish their program within three years â€“ perfect for an online MBA. There is a simple application process which can result in saving thousands of dollars on your online MBA program. MyCAA is applicable for Spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2, as well as the spouses of activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks.
For those who are sure that they will be stationed in the same place, at least for a certain amount of time, and you appreciate the classroom structure, there is also the Hybrid MBA which offers online classes with intermittent classroom courses.
Clearly the options are endless, and the ease with which military spouses can get their online MBA degree has increased tenfold.
Ilana Herring is Director of Marketing at San Diego based California Miramar University. CMU offers ACICS &