On this week’s episode of the PNC podcast, I give 7 top reasons to complete your business degree. I also list one poor reason for doing so.

A Master’s in Business Administration is not for everyone. But if you are in it for the right reasons, it can be a career-changing decision that benefits you in many ways.

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The Seven Top Reasons to Complete Your Business Degree

 In my opinion, the seven top reasons for pursuing an advanced business degree are to:

1. Stand apart from the competiton.

An MBA will differentiate you from your competition and demonstrate a commitment to self-improvement. If you express your desire to take on more responsibilities and leadership positions in your job, your business degree will serve as proof that you are serious about learning more about how to be a better manager.

2. Aquire certain jobs where it's a requirement.

Some jobs strictly adhere to the requirement for an advanced business degree. Although it's listed as preferred in most leadership job listings, in certain large, highly competitive organizations, a position as CMO or CMIO may require the degree to apply. 

3. Pick up some powerful skills.

In the process, you will gain interesting and useful skills you didn’t learn in medical school. Physicians are, by nature, lifelong learners. Learning business, negotiation, marketing, and finance skills will benefit you in many situations.

4. Develop once-in-a-lifetime connections.

The program will expose you to incomparable networking opportunities to make life-long connections. You’ll learn adn work with other professionals who support and motivate you for years to follow.

5. Enjoy stimulating intellectual challenges.

The intellectual challenges will inspire and stimulate you. Learning is fun, and energizing.


6. Increase career options.

Diverse educational experiences will add flexibility to your career in the long-term. With your knowledge of medicine and the healthcare industry, an MBA will open the door to nonclinical careers that integrates both. Many grduates go on to start a business, or work in pharma or the health insurance industry.

7. Give yourself a raise.

Lastly, an advanced degree will increase your compensation dramatically. You’ll be eligible for positions such as VP, CMO and COO, and salaries in those positions are very generous.


In summary, there are 7 good reasons to complete your business degree. There are several degrees to consider, but that is less important than whether to get the degree or not.

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