As with any path in life, becoming an MBA is part personal (self), part people (relationship) and part process (environment). As you determine if an MBA or a 1-Year MS degree is the right path for you, we would suggest the following:
1) Know Yourself & Your Situation
Prospective graduate students continually express the need to do a thorough self assessment. You should do likewise by determining how feasible getting an MBA or MS would be while looking at all of your life circumstances and future career goals. Consider the upside potential and identify all possible barriers. Assess your full education and the longevity of your career. Evaluate what it is you like to do, have unique talents for and important skills you want to develop.
2) Involve Others
Get other women who have made similar transitions, all types of counselors (e.g., academic and career), and employer organizations actively involved in your situation. These people have valuable experience, professional expertise, and insights; and they are willing to share what they know to help you out. Realize that you have support available and put these resources to good use. A woman with the right perspective always has an eye toward mutual reciprocation and genuinely wants to develop ongoing relationships.
3) Understand That It’s A Process
Getting a graduate business degree is not complicated, but it is a unique process. Understanding this and allowing yourself time to acquire general and specific knowledge of the environment will afford you every opportunity to succeed.
For more detailed information, including timelines and necessary steps involved in the process of becoming an MBA, go to MBA Timeline.