The Benefits of Being a Part Time Student in the MIM Program

Many of you working professionals who are thinking about applying for the MIM program might have a similar dilemma before you just as I did a little over a year ago. Do you quit your job and go to school full time and finish the MIM program in 15 months or do you keep your job and attend as a part time student, finishing up in 27 months?

I have been a registered nurse and working full time for the past four years when I decided to go back to school. Prior to that I have worked for the same company for three years in a student position while I was getting my undergraduate degree. So, I was not horribly keen on leaving my current employer after being with the company for seven years.

Here are the benefits of attending the MIM program as a part time student:

  • Business school is all about networking and by going to school as a part time student in the MIM program you will be able to be a part of two cohorts over 27 months (MIM cohorts consist of approximately 40-60 students).
  • You will have 27 months to participate in a variety of networking events that are offered through PSU’s School of Business, through the MIM program, and through other professional organizations. Click HERE to see PSU’s graduate business program’s calendar of current events.
  • You will have 27 months to participate in PSU’s graduate business program’s career services—a service that provides seminars, resume and cover letter tips and hints, one-on-one time with a career counselor, and notifications of job opportunities with participating employers.
  • You will also have 27 months to work on updating your resume with new work/internship experience if you are attempting to make a career change.
  • You will have a year longer than full time MIMers to decide what it is you really want to do by the time you graduate with your Masters in International Management.
  • You will be able to have a little more time to focus on your studies, absorb new material, and not feel like you have to rush through the curriculum (part time students take 5-12 credits per term, while full time students take 12-19 credits per term). Click HERE for the current part time cohort class schedule. Click HERE for the current full time cohort schedule.
  • If you miss out on an opportunity in the first year you can always reapply in your second year. For instance, the graduate student mentorship program takes applications to match students with mentors once a year in the fall…if a full time student does not get matched with a mentor he/she will not have another opportunity to apply again for a mentor through the program.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a two-week summer study abroad program through the SBA because you will have the flexibility to push your summer classes back a year to travel abroad (MIMers in the full time cohort are not able to push classes back one summer term since the program starts in September and ends 15 months later in December). This would be in addition to the 3-4 week MIM Asia trip that is a wonderful requirement of the program.
  • Knowing you have a regular paycheck coming during the time you are back in school is a very good thing.


Filed under Ali's Entries, Asia Trip, Careers, Common Questions, MIM GENERAL, Networking

4 responses to “The Benefits of Being a Part Time Student in the MIM Program

  1. Zach

    I would also add that your first level, direct network will be twice as large since part-time students work closely with two cohorts.

  2. Zach

    You’re welcome, MIM Student Ambassadors!

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