Why Should Women Choose a BYU MBA?

It takes more than two hands for faculty member Liz Dixon to count off all the individuals who have championed her efforts at the Marriott School. Because of that, she’s a self-proclaimed cheerleader for women interested in earning an MBA. So why should women choose BYU’s program? We put that question—and several others—to Dixon, who currently teaches the program’s business communications class, and Julianne Gray, admissions advisor and a BYU MBA alumna.

So why earn an MBA?

JG: An MBA is an investment. It gave me the confidence to feel like I had a seat at the table and that I had the tools to analyze problems. The skill set you learn is something you take with you for the rest of your life; I can’t not think like an MBA.

What can women gain from the MBA program?

JG: Women want to change the world. Business is a great place where women can make a big impact and transform thousands of people’s lives. Plus companies need female perspectives, and they recognize that women bring something different to the table.

What feedback about the MBA program have you heard from women?

JG: They’re seeing the value of BYU’s program. Yes, an MBA is a significant financial investment, but the career opportunities and the money that you can earn coming out of the program make it worth it. And not carrying a huge debt load can allow you to pick a job that you’re really passionate about.

LD: Also the MBA students really do develop a close relationship with their peers. I have seen that comradery in my classes. The network that comes from the program is extraordinary, and the students are a strong support to each other.

Why get an MBA at BYU?

LD: I tell all the women I meet that the Marriott School is looking for more women and wants to support their education. Generally speaking, an education anywhere is great, but the Marriott School doesn’t just want women as diversity statistics. They want women in the program because their potential for good is so great. An MBA empowers these women to become strong leaders in corporations, at home, in their communities, and in the church.

JG: It’s great that we can blend the secular and the spiritual in our business discussions. Why wouldn’t you want to combine the power of inspiration with the very best management techniques?