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Madison - Employers Want MBA Grads

Employers want managers they can trust to make informed decisions about their department, taking into consideration how these decisions will impact all other areas of the company.

Dependability and leadership

The executive management team is busy tackling inter-departmental and big picture issues, and they need to know that department heads are able to act in the best interest of the organization and lead their department effectively–without being closely supervised. Therefore, employers seek managers who are:

  • strong leaders
  • critical thinkers
  • problem solvers
  • and knowledgeable in their sector (such as healthcare, IT, marketing, human resources or accounting).

Executives also want managers who are able to see the organization as a whole, and how their department works with all others to provide a valuable product or service to consumers.

Practical knowledge

Work experience is certainly valued by employers; it reflects that the manager has practical knowledge of the field. Industry credentials (when available) validate the manager’s knowledge, and professional organization membership demonstrates a commitment to the industry and awareness of current trends.


A formal education is what binds the manager’s experience and professional affiliations together. It is through earning a post-graduate degree that a professional achieves the level of critical thinking required to combine their academic knowledge, past experience and industry networks/resources in order to apply them to the situation at hand.


Once this critical-thinking process and application takes place, an MBA degree program specifically teaches the professional how the solution to one situation will affect the other operations of the business. With the addition of a management specialty, the employer recognizes the professional is not only an expert in the topic, but also has the propensity to lead, manage and motivate other employees in the organization. This additional skill set is highly desirable because it allows executives to delegate greater responsibility to that individual, further allowing the executive to focus on the most imperative and broad-spectrum concerns.

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here .

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