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Work Experience FAQ

Why does Georgia Southern prefer and/or require work experience for its MBA program applicants?  Work experience is an alternate measure of what we are really interested in – intellectual maturity and a sense of context about how business works.  As you might guess, these characteristics are much harder to measure and assess.  Why do these things matter to you and us?

Intellectual maturity – As much as anything, intellectual maturity has to do with your approach to acquiring and building knowledge.  In graduate business education, it is as much about the questions and unspoken assumptions as it is about mechanics.  When are techniques or “facts” valid, and when are they not?  If you simply gather facts and tools but don’t actively search for connections and exceptions, you miss the subtleties that differentiate a Master of Business Administration from merely a better trained business undergraduate.  This more skeptical, questioning and personal approach to learning often develops after completing our undergraduate degree when we are forced to live in a messy and ambiguous world.

Business context – Context gives meaning and connections to facts or knowledge.  Meaning and connections make it more likely that one recalls or calls upon the appropriate fact or thought process at the right time and place. To appreciate the business context, one needs to experience and study the environment in which a business operates.  In addition to being helpful to your own learning experience, your experience in a business environment helps round out and enrich the learning of your classmates and instructors.

Last updated: 4/6/2021