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Old 16 June 2018, 11:48
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Quality Online MBA

I searched and didnt find anything. Has anyone here completed an online MBA from a REPUTABLE school, not Devry or Phoenix...
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Old 16 June 2018, 13:59
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I haven't completed an online MBA but I'm in the process. My search was based on the field of study and recommendations I received from several respected professionals in the field. I took the three schools that received the most recommendations and asked around regarding credibility of the program, marketability of graduates and overall value of the course. Though several traditional schools were also recommended, I was intent to do an online program so I selected National University out of San Diego. They also have an office in Quantico, VA with whom I interact mostly- advisor, issues, payments, etc.

The profs check out as well, I've done some background checks and they appear credible w/in their field....so far.

It's been user friendly and I'm having fun with the courses of study. The schedule is somewhat intense, in fact taking a break right now from writing another paper.
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Old 16 June 2018, 15:29
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I remember a thread somewhere on here that discussed this topic. I received my MBA from AMU. Don’t recommend them, the courses were difficult for me but the accreditation is not widely accepted... think JV league...ACBSP vs AACSP which is more widely accepted.
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Old 16 June 2018, 15:36
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Has anyone here completed an online MBA from a REPUTABLE school, not Devry or Phoenix...
Probably a stupid question, but have you checked your closest public/state university? Lots of them have or are building online programs and online/distance MBAs are very popular, even for schools that aren't really "online".
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Old 16 June 2018, 15:57
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Almost all of the big Ivy League schools and others like Stanford have online graduate programs now. Not cheap but would you expect an Ivy League school to be?
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Old 16 June 2018, 17:30
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I believe mdwest is getting one through Oxford?
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I believe mdwest is getting one through Oxford?
Not sure how I missed this thread before...

I picked up my MBA from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

It was a reasonably decent program.. Their online platform is pretty well put together, the instructors were reasonably well engaged, etc..

The primary driver for selecting ARU was pretty simple.. The dollar at the time was ridiculously strong against the pound.. ARU is a pretty good sized brick and mortar school that would be considered the equivalent of your "average" state school here in the US.. The difference is the cost was less than 1/2 of what most MBA programs I looked at here in the US cost.. and as little as 1/3 the cost of some I considered.. and the curriculum for their online program was nearly identical to the resident program.

I didnt really care where I got the degree from as long as it was a reputable school that held accreditation that would be recognized in the US.. Overall ARU was a pretty good choice for me.. Besides.. who wouldnt like to be able to claim the same alma mater as Syd Barrett and David Gilmore from Pink Floyd and Billionaire English investor Lord Ashcroft

Fast forward a few years... and I am finishing up a second online masters program with another UK university this month.. Assuming I didnt completely blow my dissertation I should be picking up an MS in Strategic Management from the University of Derby here shortly..

The motivation for selecting a school in the UK remains the same as it was the last time... equivalent quality of education that you will find in most US brick and mortar "state" schools.. for less than 1/2 the cost of the same degree if you were to pick it up from somewhere like the Univ of North Texas or Univ of Memphis, etc..
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Check out Hillsdale College 33 East College St Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA

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I am taken some on line courses with them.

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Just do the Georgetown Global Executive MBA. It will work with your schedule and is a more interesting program than a straight MBA.
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Just do the Georgetown Global Executive MBA. It will work with your schedule and is a more interesting program than a straight MBA.
If you're going right back into the same industry that's a great program (or any executive MBA program for that matter). It's probably good for networking too, since you'll be classed with peers who are in similar roles/positions in their careers. They're really expensive, as I think there's an international component to it too.

I think the straight two-year MBA is probably better suited to meet your 50% education/50% networking goal. The education in those executive programs is very high-level (from what I've seen - I sat in a couple of those classes). If you're in DC, then Georgetown has evening/part-time program that has the exact same curriculum as the full-time program.
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If you're going right back into the same industry that's a great program (or any executive MBA program for that matter). It's probably good for networking too, since you'll be classed with peers who are in similar roles/positions in their careers. They're really expensive, as I think there's an international component to it too.

I think the straight two-year MBA is probably better suited to meet your 50% education/50% networking goal. The education in those executive programs is very high-level (from what I've seen - I sat in a couple of those classes). If you're in DC, then Georgetown has evening/part-time program that has the exact same curriculum as the full-time program.
The Sumerian raises a good point. Assuming you would get the job anyway based on your networking and ability to translate your past experience to whatever you are doing next, the GEMBA will provide a transitional credential with a short time commitment (72 days, I think, over the course of a year). But the cost of doing your group work in 5 different countries is steep. This is offset a little by the degree you get from the school in Spain, which can help a little if you intend to land in the EU.

What that program does NOT offer, is job placement/career services. The GEMBA also only offers 20k tuition assistance for a 160k program. Those issues could be critical depending on your circumstances, in which case I regretfully agree with the thermiter of hiluxes.

They run info sessions regularly and are a good opportunity to get a free lunch and figure out if it will work. I ranted at the dean about the lack of an Africa component and an overreliance on the outdated BRICs orientationof their emerging market courses.
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the thermiter of hiluxes.

I ranted at the dean about the lack of an Africa component and an overreliance on the outdated BRICs orientationof their emerging market courses.
That's hilarious...I haven't thought about that in a long time. It was one Hilux btw, not like I made a hobby of it. Thanks for reminding me, I have to go back and look at the picture of the poor ol' car.

Btw, for anyone reading that's interested - good emerging market courses are the domain of the MSFS at Georgetown not the business school. MSFS has a solid professor there who was the equity portfolio manager at Ashmore EM fund. He has a great grasp of EM political and economic systems and how they can foster investment opportunities within those states. As much as I praise his skills, he doesn't like me too much...imagine that.

As far as the country of Africa (excl. Arab states) goes, I think it's referred to as a Frontier Market (now). Some investor at Goldman Sachs probably got a promotion over that one.
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The GEMBA also only offers 20k tuition assistance for a 160k program.
JEBUS! I hope that came with free nightly massages, all the Pappy you can drink, and use of the school loaner Chiron.

Yale, Harvard, and UPenn are only marginally higher, program dependent.
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Hot Mess, are you using Post 9/11 or Vocational Rehab? I am in the same boat on the MBA. I still have eight months of Post 9/11 so I'm looking for something cost effective and reputable.
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Just do the Georgetown Global Executive MBA. It will work with your schedule and is a more interesting program than a straight MBA.
I knew youd have a good answer.

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Hot Mess, are you using Post 9/11 or Vocational Rehab? I am in the same boat on the MBA. I still have eight months of Post 9/11 so I'm looking for something cost effective and reputable.
I have about 6-9 mos Ch. 32 and then Post 9/11 and Voc rehab
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Hot Mess, are you using Post 9/11 or Vocational Rehab? I am in the same boat on the MBA. I still have eight months of Post 9/11 so I'm looking for something cost effective and reputable.
Check out Stanford GSB IGNITE Program:

https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/stanford-ignite/campus/post-9-11-veterans

Best deal EVER in terms of Veteran education. ONLY $2000

Check out this previous thread:

http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=129043

SOCNET member "Balls" completed IGNITE in 2016(Great fella, met him for some beers on campus).

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Also, check out MITx, found at www.edx.org

LOTS of FREE stuff, and cheap stuff....but all quite reputable from a top tier school.

For those considering spending BIG, whether it's with G I Bill or cash/debt, be careful.

The world of higher education is changing very quickly and dramatically.

The world seems to be shifting towards the concept of "Just in Time" education.

A great example of it is MITx MicroMaster:

www.micromasters.mit.edu

They include certificates as well as the ability to advance and convert them into conventional Masters degrees with a single semester on campus(es).

For more IT based interest/fields of study there are also "nano degrees" from Udacity.

Large corporates sponsor inexpensive courses in AI, autonomous vehicles, data science, programming, digital marketing, etc. and pluck the top students.

We're talking Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz.

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MBA's are becoming commoditised.

The REAL value of an MBA, especially from a school like Stanford, is not just the education(which I'd rate as better, but not immensely better than elsewhere), it's in the NETWORK you develop.

If you want skillset/knowledge, online MBA can be suitable.

But if you want to build a network, you can't do that easily with an online MBA program.
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If someone else is paying for it, disregard my input.

Depends what you want to do with it. Unless you're going to get into an industry that requires a Georgetown, Stanford, add whatever high priced big name school you favor, I suggest you get the least expensive AASCP rated MBA.

There's plenty of clowns walking around with high priced big name MBA's who can't do business, put deals together or grow revenue, working in every type of industry.
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If someone else is paying for it, disregard my input.

Depends what you want to do with it. Unless you're going to get into an industry that requires a Georgetown, Stanford, add whatever high priced big name school you favor, I suggest you get the least expensive AASCP rated MBA.

There's plenty of clowns walking around with high priced big name MBA's who can't do business, put deals together or grow revenue, working in every type of industry.
LOL, that’s what I’m counting on. If those no talent ass clowns can make a solid living I shouldn’t have a problem.

The knowledge is about 50% what I’m seeking, the other 50% is the networking.
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LOL, thats what Im counting on. If those no talent ass clowns can make a solid living I shouldnt have a problem.

The knowledge is about 50% what Im seeking, the other 50% is the networking.
Then you need a resident program, not a distance learning one.
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If someone else is paying for it, disregard my input.

Depends what you want to do with it. Unless you're going to get into an industry that requires a Georgetown, Stanford, add whatever high priced big name school you favor, I suggest you get the least expensive AASCP rated MBA.

There's plenty of clowns walking around with high priced big name MBA's who can't do business, put deals together or grow revenue, working in every type of industry.
Totally agree--having Uncle Sam pick up the tab changes the calculus some in that the opportunity cost of going back to school is a little different.

As others have said, it all comes down to what someone wants out of the degree. Checking a box vs. learning something vs. establishing a network being the three main things to get out of a business degree.

Online obviously makes networking harder, but the type of school will largely determine the type of network someone gets wired into (or wants to be wired into). The table below is one way that I've thought about it before.

I was able to get into and went to one of the best MBA programs out there (Post 9/11 w/ yellow ribbon). When folks ask me if they should pursue something similar I always recommend getting on LinkedIn, and both searching for people who are in jobs you'd want, and see where they went to school, and then conversely search for a program and then see where the alumni end up.

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