Making the Choice: Full-time MBA vs. Global Flex Online MBA


Embarking on the journey towards an MBA is undoubtedly a significant decision. Choosing between the Full-time MBA and the part-time Global Flex Online MBA requires careful consideration of lifestyle, career goals, and personal circumstances. 

MSM Full-time MBA and Global Flex Online MBA: Common Ground

Before diving into the differences, it is crucial to know that the MSM Full-time MBA and the Global Flex Online MBA share key similarities.

Both programmes offer you the same comprehensive curriculum, designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for impactful leadership in the fast-changing business world.

They also offer an engaging learning experience, marked by a blend of cultural and professional backgrounds.

Both programmes adopt a practice-oriented approach, emphasising the application of newly acquired knowledge and skills in both personal and professional daily life.

No matter which programme you choose, you can tailor your MBA to your career perspectives by choosing one of the MSM expertise tracks.

Finally, both programmes ensure high quality education. They carry the prestigious Triple Crown accreditation – AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA – offered by only 1% of business schools in the world. Furthermore, both programmes are accredited by NVAO.

Whether choosing the immersive Full-time MBA or the flexible Global Flex Online MBA, you are guaranteed to receive a top-tier education that prepares you for success in the business world.

Exploring the Differences: MSM Full-time MBA vs. Global Flex Online MBA

While the programmes have many similarities, each programme offers its own unique benefits. One crucial factor sets them apart: the ability to balance work commitments alongside academic endeavours.

Full-time MBA: Immersive Experience with Sacrifice

Embarking on a Full-time MBA journey entails complete immersion in the educational experience. Here, you will dive into a rigorous curriculum, surrounded by a diverse cohort of peers and seasoned professors. The one–year Full-time MBA offers an unparalleled opportunity for deep learning, networking, and personal growth. However, it comes with a significant sacrifice – the need to leave your home, family and job.

In return for making this great sacrifice, the MSM Full-time MBA offers you a life-changing experience:

  • Complete Immersion: Immerse yourself fully in the MBA experience, dedicating your time and energy solely to academic pursuits.
  • Pressure Cooker Environment: Thrive in a stimulating, fast-paced atmosphere, fuelled by diverse perspectives, motivated classmates and challenging coursework.
  • Experience abroad: Take advantage of the valuable opportunity to gain experience abroad by living and studying in the Netherlands, with the potential to work here afterwards.
  • Career Transition and Personal Development: Benefit from the MSM Career and Personal Development Track tailored to enhance your skills, broaden your network, and equip you for success in your future endeavours. Upon successful completion of your Full-time MBA, you are eligible to apply for an orientation year permit in the Netherlands.
  • Innovation Module: Enjoy this unique module providing you an introduction to Agile Project Planning.
  • Extracurricular Engagement: Participate in enriching social, corporate and student activities that cultivate friendships and personal growth, as well as the opportunity to grow your network in a new country.
  • Time-saver: finish your full-time MBA in just one year, enabling you to re-enter the job market as soon as possible, ready to apply your updated knowledge and personal skills to an exciting new job.

Global Flex Online MBA: Balancing Work and Study

The Global Flex Online MBA provides a flexible alternative that accommodates the needs of busy professionals. This two-year Zoom-based programme enables you to maintain your professional commitment while pursuing your MBA, allowing you to apply newfound knowledge directly to your current role. While balancing your online MBA studies with your job may pose challenges, the MSM Global Flex Online MBA presents numerous advantages to guide you through the programme:

  • Flexibility: Continue working, while pursuing your MBA, through the part-time student-focused, online format.
  • Interactive Learning: Engage with classmates and professors in real-time stimulating discussions and collaborative projects.
  • Seamless Learning Experience: Enjoy easy 24/7 access to course materials, engage in interactive discussions and conduct assessments through MSM’s user-friendly online learning platform.
  • Immediate Application: Apply newly acquired skills and knowledge directly to your current role, contributing to personal and organisational success. This can also serve as potential argument to secure additional sponsorship from your employer, whether in financial support or as study leave.
  • Blended option: Include an optional in-person component to the programme by participating in the two-week MBA expertise track at the MSM campus in Maastricht.
  • Save money and time: with the option to follow the programme completely online, you save money and time for travelling abroad.

In summary, the Full-time MBA offers an immersive educational experience, allowing individuals to fully focus on their studies and enjoying the benefits of intense on-campus learning. On the other hand, the Global Flex Online MBA provides the flexibility to balance work and study, enabling professionals to continue their career progression while pursuing an MBA.

Ultimately, the decision between the Full-time MBA and the Global Flex Online MBA depends on your individual preferences, career goals, and lifestyle considerations. At MSM, both pathways lead to personal and professional growth, ensuring a rewarding educational journey.

Do the test

As a first step, you can also take this quiz, which serves as a convenient tool to provide an initial indication of which programme would best suit your needs. It will take you only five minutes but it might help you in your decision-making process.

Contact us

If you are hesitating, and would like to discuss your unique situation, hesitations and considerations with us, please do not hesitate to reach out to our MBA recruiters Inka Diddens and Alina Prapagic, who can help you weigh your options and guide you in this decision-making process.