15 February 2021

Why and when to choose an MBA?

Why and when to choose an MBA?
Accelerate your career, acquire an “international profile”, join a world-class professional network… there are many reasons to choose an MBA program. Synonymous with boldness and agility, the MBA (Master of Business Administration) allows you to make a radical career change.

Opting for an MBA means being willing and able to make a difference. This observation is unanimously shared in the academic and professional world. The MBA allows you to make the “triple jump”: change of position, sector of activity or location (international career). It is therefore a diploma of excellence, which is thoroughly prepared.
An MBA is indeed an opportunity for learners to update their general knowledge and skills after a few years of professional life. An MBA also gives meaning to one’s own commitments, allows one to better understand the changes around one and the economic phenomena that surround us and, above all, helps one to land management positions more quickly.
“Today, it is necessary to constantly relearn to adjust managerial decisions to the volatile and uncertain world of business. In an MBA program, students can share their experience and learn from their peers. It is also an excellent networking opportunity,” says François Thérin, Professor of Strategy & Innovation and Senior Advisor to the Dean of Africa Business School.

An MBA can also be a perfect mean for networking. This program of excellence has the merit of generously filling the graduates address books with contacts. In fact, the program brings together a variety of profiles from different backgrounds. And, since it takes place in small groups (20 to 30 people on average), it creates powerful bonds that last for years to come.

The members of this “family” ultimately join a close-knit community made up of the institution’s alumni alongside other graduates and the program’s partner companies. So much so that the network is more important than the degree itself for some.

MBA: A solid signal to recruiters
An international degree at the highest level of business management, the MBA is therefore still ranked as “the” worldwide reference for executives wishing to boost their careers. Thanks to the skills acquired, but also thanks to the network and opportunities it creates: an MBA attracts as much as it reassures employers and recruiters of your determination to move forward.

But at what point in your career should you take the plunge and apply for an MBA program? “An MBA usually comes after a few years of practice and in some cases for more experienced managers. There is no longer a specific profile. We may have people in their 30s or 40s from very different backgrounds and industries. The common characteristic is a certain level of managerial experience, managing people or projects, a willingness to benefit from new knowledge and to share with peers,” explains François Thérin of the Africa Business School.

An MBA is therefore primarily aimed at mastering the fundamentals in all areas of business (finance, marketing, human resources, etc.). “Hard skills”, whose acquisition necessarily goes hand in hand with “soft skills” (innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and emotional intelligence, etc.).

What we offer at Africa Business School
Mainly accessible in long-term education, the MBA is generally available in several formats, depending on the candidate’s profile and professional imperatives.

Within the Africa Business School, the Executive MBA program was designed in collaboration with Columbia Business School. The 20-months program has already trained 200 graduates of different nationalities.

The Africa Business School is indeed one of the best accredited universities in Africa. Based in Morocco, the university partners with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) to offer world-class business training to African students.

ABS’s students learn from 40 internationally renowned academic and professional leaders in an environment designed and conceived to develop African leaders.

Why and when to choose an MBA? - Africa Business School