Is it worth reading hundreds of thousands of on-the-job graduate students?

  In recent years, the number of postgraduate entrance examinations across the country has continued to rise, and the MBA (Master of Business Administration) program, which is mainly based on the working population, has also been sought after. Workers are eager to improve their competitiveness, resulting in a continuous increase in the number of applicants, and at the same time tuition fees have also risen.

As the postgraduate entrance examination date approaches, many colleges and universities across the country have successively announced the 2023 MBA admissions brochure. The reporter learned from this that the MBA tuition fees of many colleges and universities across the country have risen, ranging from 20,000 yuan to 6-10 yuan. million.

The total tuition fee is generally about 100,000 to 200,000 yuan, and the high is 40,000 to 500,000 yuan.

  So, why are the national MBA tuition fees rising one after another?

What factors are behind it, is it worth spending hundreds of thousands of yuan to study an MBA?

In this regard, the reporter launched an investigation.


  National MBA tuition fees generally rose up to 100,000 yuan

  Tuition has always been a concern for MBA candidates choosing a school.

On September 23, the reporter learned from the official websites of various colleges and universities that the tuition fees of MBA programs in many colleges and universities have increased this year.

Among them, Shenzhen University's part-time MBA in 2023 will increase by 100,000 yuan, from 198,000 yuan to 298,000 yuan per all; Jinan University's part-time MBA tuition in 2023 will increase by 68,000 yuan, from 200,000 yuan to 268,000 yuan Yuan/all, 3 years of schooling; part-time MBA of Beijing Institute of Technology increased by 30,000 yuan, and the tuition fee after the increase was 216,000 yuan; Shanghai Jiaotong University Antai School of Economics and Management increased by 60,000 yuan, and the tuition fee after the increase was 518,000 yuan .

  In Sichuan, MBA tuition fees for 2023 such as the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan Normal University, and Southwest Petroleum University have also increased.

  According to the public information on the official website of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the tuition fee for the 2023 MBA full-time postgraduate students is 138,000 yuan/full, and the schooling system is 2 years;

In comparison, the part-time tuition for the 2022 MBA is 98,000 yuan/full.

The part-time MBA of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics increased from 98,000 yuan/full to 158,000 yuan.

For Sichuan University, the part-time tuition fee for the 2022 class will be adjusted from 98,000 yuan to 158,000 yuan per total, and there will be no change in the 2023 class.

The 2022 grade of Southwest Jiaotong University has increased from 78,000 yuan to 98,000 yuan, and the 2023 grade has not changed.

Sichuan Normal University increased from 66,000 yuan to 78,000 yuan.

Southwest Petroleum University increased from 54,000 yuan to 72,000 yuan per total.

  The reporter learned that at present, the MBA courses offered by colleges and universities have two training modes: full-time and part-time, most of which are part-time, and the applicants need to meet certain work or graduation years.

The schooling system varies from 2 to 4 years, and the learning method is relatively flexible. On-the-job learning is carried out by using weekday evenings, weekends, winter and summer vacations, etc.

The tuition fee is affected by the region, school brand, school-running characteristics and other aspects.


  The market is hot and the number of applicants is increasing, and tuition fees are rising.

  The rise in MBA tuition fees did not appear this year. In recent years, many colleges and universities have successively raised MBA tuition fees. What are the factors behind it?

  "Generally speaking, whether it is in the whole country or in Sichuan, the rise of MBA tuition fees is a trend." Guo Ying is the chairman of the Chengdu MBA Entrepreneurs Chamber of Commerce and the principal of Pinrui Education and Training School.

He studied MBA at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in 2008, and then founded a management-focused joint entrance examination training institution, which has been deeply involved in the MBA education industry for 12 years.

  In Guo Ying's view, the increase in tuition fees is mainly affected by the following factors.

  First, from the professional nature, MBA will be relatively more expensive.

In terms of curriculum module setting, MBA is a teaching mode of case teaching, and the training mode is different from academic research; in terms of teacher allocation, many schools are equipped with a dual-tutor system, where on-campus tutors guide master's thesis, and off-campus tutors guide career development; A platform for resource integration, information sharing, and system improvement has been built, all of which are the cost of running a school.

  Second, policy impact.

In 2016, the Ministry of Education issued the "Notice on Coordinating the Management of Full-time and Part-time Graduate Students", which distinguishes full-time and part-time programs and gives part-time MBA programs more space for market-oriented operations. The tuition price is adjusted from the approval system to the filing system.

  Third, the MBA major has a wide range of applications and a large demand. The number of applicants has increased year by year, and the tuition fees have also risen.

  Fourth, tuition fees have risen, the threshold has been lowered, and the quality of training has been improved.

Guo Ying said that in the direction of postgraduate training, the academic degree master is to cultivate academic talents, and the professional degree master mainly solves applied talents and solves problems in practical work. Relatively speaking, the examination difficulty is simpler, and MBA is a professional degree.

"In the future, there is no need to train too many academic masters, but more professional masters and applied talents. This is also a trend."

  However, as the number of applicants continues to increase, the population becomes younger, the test scores are higher, and the competition becomes more intense.

Taking Sichuan University as an example, according to official data, the school has more than 3,000 applicants for the MBA in 2020, and hundreds more in 2021. After the tuition fee for 2022 has risen to 158,000 yuan, there are still more than 2,000 applicants. The re-examination score line is still 10 points higher than the national line, with 180 points, while the 2020 and 2021 levels are 195 points.

This score is relatively easy for those who have just graduated, but for some entrepreneurial bosses, corporate executives and other groups in the workplace, due to their busy work, older age groups, and relatively weak examination ability, it is very difficult. .

"By raising tuition fees, lowering the test scores, and raising the threshold for students." Guo Ying said.


  MBA price increase will not apply for it?

"There is an impact, but the overall impact is small"

  Does the tuition increase affect the application?

"There is an impact, but the overall impact is not large." Guo Ying said that the increase in tuition did not affect the overall number of applicants, and it mainly played a role in stratification and screening.

For those who have just graduated 3-5 years, with unstable income and financial pressure, they may choose to postpone or choose a school that they can afford; but it has no effect on other economically stable people, and the test is still taken.

Taking the four major universities in Sichuan as an example, the total number of applicants for the exam in recent years has been more than 9,000, and the total enrollment is about 1,800, which is basically stable.

However, the number of applicants for other colleges and universities has relatively increased in the past two years.

  Ms. Yang worked in a corporate service company in Chengdu. After graduating from a bachelor's degree, she has worked hard for several years and has held a management position in the company.

In today's fiercely competitive environment, she felt that her original undergraduate degree was a little insufficient, so she had the idea of ​​taking a master's degree.

However, she is usually busy with work. If she chooses a full-time graduate student, she will not only have insufficient time to prepare for the exam, but may even quit her job in the future. Therefore, part-time MBA graduate student has become her first choice.

  At present, Ms. Yang is preparing to apply for the part-time MBA program of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, but this year's tuition has risen a lot from last year, from 98,000 yuan to 158,000 yuan.

Does the tuition increase affect the application?

"No, maybe it will be higher in the future." Ms. Yang said that her job and income are stable now, with an annual salary of around 200,000 yuan, and tuition fees can be paid in batches, which is within the economic range, so it is better to take an early exam to save money.

  Mr. Miao works in a financial department in Chengdu, and the people he meets in his work are generally highly educated. Therefore, he hopes to improve his academic qualifications by taking a part-time MBA, and at the same time to pave the way for future development.

In the process of preparing for the exam this year, he found that the tuition fee of the part-time MBA is a bit high, which is a bit burdensome for him who has only been working for a few years.

Therefore, after careful research, he decided to transfer to MPA (Master of Public Administration). "The content of the test is the same as that of MBA, and the admission score is similar, but the tuition fee is much cheaper." Mr. Miao said that his original goal was to apply for the MBA of Sichuan University. Now it is changed to a part-time MPA at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and the tuition fee is 69,000 yuan.


  is an opportunity

  but not everyone

  can read grades

  Is it worth spending hundreds of thousands on an MBA?

"MBA is an opportunity, but not everyone can read the grades." Diu Diu said, for the workplace, the problems they face are the career transition at the age of 30 and the crisis in the workplace at the age of 35. At this time, they want to break through themselves. Career bottlenecks and workplace crises, going back to study is a choice, but the results must vary from person to person.

For 32-year-old Diu Diu, getting an MBA gave her a new direction in her career path.

  Diodiu is currently the head of Yanyou MBA training institution. She graduated from Chengdu College of Sichuan University of Foreign Languages ​​with a bachelor's degree. She has been engaged in foreign translation work abroad for many years.

In 2018, when she returned to China, she faced a fault in her career and contacts, and encountered many difficulties, and everything needed to be redeveloped.

"Therefore, I want to use the MBA platform to give myself a buffer time to meet more people and look for new opportunities. After I was admitted to Sichuan University, Diu Diu revised his resume for job hunting, and had the background of MBA in 985 and 211 universities. , and soon a headhunter found her to join a company. Through continuous expansion of contacts, her WeChat friends increased from the initial 1,000 to more than 8,000. On the MBA platform, she met partners and met investors. Start a business.

  On weekdays, Diu Diu is mainly responsible for the front-end consulting work of the institution, and has been in contact with a large number of test preparers.

She said that the main purpose of the groups who choose to take the MBA entrance examination is to improve their academic qualifications, transfer jobs across different banks, get promotions and salary increases, expand their contacts, and find new opportunities, or if entrepreneurial bosses and the middle and senior management of enterprises have bottlenecks in management, they need to carry out systematic measures. promote.

  In Guo Ying's view, MBA students are across majors, industries, functions, and age groups, as well as the integration of social resources such as resources, knowledge, and assets.

Through the MBA platform, you can change the path of career development, learn the frontier thoughts of business, expand your knowledge and thinking, open your horizons, and improve your comprehensive ability.

"This effect is determined by the mode of cultivation, but also varies from person to person."

  Behind the MBA boom, related online and offline training institutions are also developing, and there is a head effect.

Guo Ying said that taking Pinrui as an example, he belongs to the head of management training in Sichuan. The number of registered students increased from about 160 in 2011 to more than 3,000 in Sichuan and Chongqing last year.

The applicants are mainly from private enterprises, state-owned enterprises, financial systems, etc. Among them, 30% of the students are from the financial system, which is higher than that of other cities except Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, which also reflects the active financial industry in Chengdu.

At present, the market has stabilized, but future development will be closely related to the overall economic environment.

"The tuition fee is actually a lever, acting as a moderator and filtering layer."

  Chengdu Business Daily-Red Star News reporter Zhang Zhaoting