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    Transfer maximum MBA credits

    I would like to transfer maximum amount of credits possible, preferably to an AACSB school. What would the best alternatives to AACSB be? I am looking at the "Big 3 ," Capella & Phoenix. What have the best reputations?

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    Wow. You are looking at some very expensive schools that have zero name recognition.

    For AACSB, http://umassonline.com. University of Massachusetts has two different MBA programs, from two different campuses. They accept up to two courses (six credits) in transfer and are less expensive than any of the options you just listed. Plus, they are very well recognized.

    The least expensive AACSB MBA online would be Jacksonville State University. Just a year ago, it was around $9k, but now is probably at least $10k. Still a great deal nonetheless. I don't know what they take in transfer.

    Alternatives which are even less expensive, I would have to point you out to Amberton University (accepts 12 credits transfer), Wayne State College, and Eastern New Mexico University (hmmm... if I recall they take 9 credits transfer). Each of them are much less expensive than even Jacksonville State, but none are AACSB.

    Take your pick, there are plenty!!!
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    Hi Craniac, Thanks for your advice.

    I wasn't specific enough with what I need. I am looking for a flexible program that will accept ~20 transfer credits. I would prefer AACSB, but am not hopeful after reviewing many policies.

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    Does that 20 include prerequisites? If not, your going to be hard pressed to find a program that allows that.
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    I’ve never heard of ANY accredited MBA program accepting 20 graduate credits in transfer; and certainly not an AACSB MBA .

    University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM): 30 credit hour online MBA (AACSB) — tuition: $211 /credit hour.
    ULM's Gateway to Online Degrees (GOLD): The Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Re Graduate Catalogue p.29: “Transfer credit for students in the Master of Business Administration program is ordinarily limited to six semester hours earned at another AACSB accredited school…”
    http://www.ulm.edu/academics/catalogs/1011gradcat.pdf

    With 6-hours in transfer: ULM MBA tuition $5064; w/o transfer $6330

    Note: "For non-Louisiana residents, the out-of-state fees are waived for the online degree student."
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    Quote Originally Posted by joco View Post
    Hi Craniac, Thanks for your advice.

    I wasn't specific enough with what I need. I am looking for a flexible program that will accept ~20 transfer credits. I would prefer AACSB, but am not hopeful after reviewing many policies.
    The schools that accept the most transfer are Excelsior and American Public University (maybe TESC? I don't know), all of which take 15. APU will be less expensive than the others per credit hour.

    Then again, the Wayne State College MBA , I believe will take 6 credits in transfer and yet is 30 credits for the whole program as opposed to 39 like APU and is less expensive AND a traditional brick and mortar school. Same thing with Eastern New Mexico University. Effectively, you will likely be better off with either ENMU or WSU since you may end up with the same amount of credits left to accomplish as the schools with higher transfer allowance but higher credit requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac Craniac View Post
    The schools that accept the most transfer are Excelsior and American Public University (maybe TESC? I don't know), all of which take 15. APU will be less expensive than the others per credit hour.

    Then again, the Wayne State College MBA, I believe will take 6 credits in transfer and yet is 30 credits for the whole program as opposed to 39 like APU and is less expensive AND a traditional brick and mortar school. Same thing with Eastern New Mexico University. Effectively, you will likely be better off with either ENMU or WSU since you may end up with the same amount of credits left to accomplish as the schools with higher transfer allowance but higher credit requirements.
    The University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) is $211 per graduate credit hour and is AACSB accredited vs. Wayne State’s IACBE accreditation or ENMU’s ACBSP (AACSB vs. IACBE or ACBSP?). The Wayne State College online tuition is $250 per graduate credit hour. ENMU MBA is $180.50 per credit hour for graduates (e.g., taking 6-hours or less waives the out-of-state tuition rate). Additionally, the ULM MBA is likewise a 30 credit hour MBA and will accept up to 6-hours in transfer (e.g., AACSB graduate credits).

    Just curious (ULM’s tuition is less than that of WSC) as why you believe the OP would likely be better off with the WSC or ENMU MBA than say the ULM (AACSB) MBA ? BTW, the University of Louisiana-Monroe AACSB MBA is also 50% less tuition per credit hour than your earlier posting as regards Jacksonville State’s $423.00 per credit hour online MBA (30 x $423 = $12,690)— ULM online MBA (30 x $211 = $6330). I’m not sure which online AACSB MBA is the price leader, but clearly the JSU MBA isn’t the “least expensive” online AACSB MBA .

    Note: APU /AMU’s graduate tuition rate is the highest of these universities (ULM, WSC, and ENMU) at $325/graduate credit hour. Tuition & Fees

    Moreover, APU /AMU’s business programs have no programmatic accreditation and are a virtual university in comparison to the others … all B&M with specialized accreditation.

    Again, no accredited university MBA to my knowledge will accept 20-hours in graduate transfer.
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    Joco,

    While the limit on most programs for transfer is around 6 credits, there are programs that will exempt a number of courses in addition to transfer. However, my experience has been that these programs aren't price leaders, so effectively the cost is a wash. But you can ask, assuming your existing credits are a fit for program courses.

    ULM is a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    Moreover, APU /AMU’s business programs have no programmatic accreditation and are a virtual university in comparison to the others … all B&M with specialized accreditation.
    APUS recently gained ACBSP accreditation for their business programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    The University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) is $211 per graduate credit hour and is AACSB accredited vs. Wayne State’s IACBE accreditation or ENMU’s ACBSP (AACSB vs. IACBE or ACBSP?). The Wayne State College online tuition is $250 per graduate credit hour. ENMU MBA is $180.50 per credit hour for graduates (e.g., taking 6-hours or less waives the out-of-state tuition rate). Additionally, the ULM MBA is likewise a 30 credit hour MBA and will accept up to 6-hours in transfer (e.g., AACSB graduate credits).

    Just curious (ULM’s tuition is less than that of WSC) as why you believe the OP would likely be better off with the WSC or ENMU MBA than say the ULM (AACSB) MBA ? BTW, the University of Louisiana-Monroe AACSB MBA is also 50% less tuition per credit hour than your earlier posting as regards Jacksonville State’s $423.00 per credit hour online MBA (30 x $423 = $12,690)— ULM online MBA (30 x $211 = $6330). I’m not sure which online AACSB MBA is the price leader, but clearly the JSU MBA isn’t the “least expensive” online AACSB MBA .

    Note: APU /AMU’s graduate tuition rate is the highest of these universities (ULM, WSC, and ENMU) at $325/graduate credit hour. Tuition & Fees

    Moreover, APU /AMU’s business programs have no programmatic accreditation and are a virtual university in comparison to the others … all B&M with specialized accreditation.

    Again, no accredited university MBA to my knowledge will accept 20-hours in graduate transfer.
    It would appear that Excelsior still allows 24 credits transferred in for its 48 credit MBA .

    Excelsior College | Program Details

    Also, is there a link to the UL-Monroe MBA tuition? I recall looking at this and seeing tuition of around $300 per credit hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by friartuck View Post
    It would appear that Excelsior still allows 24 credits transferred in for its 48 credit MBA .

    Excelsior College | Program Details

    Also, is there a link to the UL-Monroe MBA tuition? I recall looking at this and seeing tuition of around $300 per credit hour.
    ULM’s graduate tuition & required fees rate ($211 /hour) is based on 12-hours totaling $2529.45. ULM online students are waived the non-resident fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imalcolm View Post
    APUS recently gained ACBSP accreditation for their business programs.

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    I stand corrected regarding APUS's ACBSP specialized accreditation. Thanks for pointing this out. Congratulations to APUS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by friartuck View Post
    It would appear that Excelsior still allows 24 credits transferred in for its 48 credit MBA.
    Not really.

    “The MBA program requires between 33 and 48 credits, depending upon the student's prior learning. Students may transfer in up to 24 approved credits. The program has five foundation courses that can be waived either by approved undergraduate courses completed prior to enrollment in the MBA or by foundation exams from Excelsior College. Any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer.”

    So if the student is qualified for the 33-hour program because of prior learning, then the student must first receive a waiver of the 5-foundation courses (15-hours). In that “…any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer”; so if all foundation courses are waived— that’s 15-hours of the allowable 24-hours in transfer credit allowed; leaving 9-hours of actual transferred-in credits available to the student. Seemingly the maximum number of transferred-in credits actually allowed with the Excelsior MBA is 9-hours as regards the 33-hour program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    ULM’s graduate tuition & required fees rate ($211 /hour) is based on 12-hours totaling $2529.45. ULM online students are waived the non-resident fees.

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    Thanks Major, I see where you're coming from.....that would be a pretty aggressive semester though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    Not really.

    “The MBA program requires between 33 and 48 credits, depending upon the student's prior learning. Students may transfer in up to 24 approved credits. The program has five foundation courses that can be waived either by approved undergraduate courses completed prior to enrollment in the MBA or by foundation exams from Excelsior College. Any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer.”

    So if the student is qualified for the 33-hour program because of prior learning, then the student must first receive a waiver of the 5-foundation courses (15-hours). In that “…any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer”; so if all foundation courses are waived— that’s 15-hours of the allowable 24-hours in transfer credit allowed; leaving 9-hours of actual transferred-in credits available to the student. Seemingly the maximum number of transferred-in credits actually allowed with the Excelsior MBA is 9-hours as regards the 33-hour program.

    Excelsior College | Program Details
    It's kind of weird that Finance and Marketing are foundation courses, they're usually core requirements in MBA programs. At any rate, Excelsior appears to open the door to more transfer credits, subject to approval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    I’ve never heard of ANY accredited MBA program accepting 20 graduate credits in transfer; and certainly not an AACSB MBA .

    University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM): 30 credit hour online MBA (AACSB) — tuition: $211 /credit hour.
    ULM's Gateway to Online Degrees (GOLD): The Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Re Graduate Catalogue p.29: “Transfer credit for students in the Master of Business Administration program is ordinarily limited to six semester hours earned at another AACSB accredited school…”
    http://www.ulm.edu/academics/catalogs/1011gradcat.pdf

    With 6-hours in transfer: ULM MBA tuition $5064; w/o transfer $6330

    Note: "For non-Louisiana residents, the out-of-state fees are waived for the online degree student."
    ULM offers only 2 online MBA courses (6 credits) per semester, so total cost is around $9000, very similar to Jacksonville State MBA .

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