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    "Easiest" distance MBA

    I have been looking for an online/distance MBA program for awhile now. I already have an advanced degree (M.A in History ) but would like to pursue a MBA for personal reasons, not for work advancement. Thus, I am searching for a distance program which is on the relatively easier side, with not much burden on writing lengthy research papers and projects. Of course, I am looking for a low-cost accredited (even DETC) program which I can finish in 1-2 years. I don't care about the prestige of the school, since I am doing this for self-fulfillment and personal enrichment, and to get a better understanding of the business world. I appreciate all responses. Thank you.

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    Interesting. If this is truly for "personal enrichment" why pay to have someone else judge your work? Why the need for the external acknowledgement of your expertise? The paper is meaningless.

    To me, personal enrichment means things you do for yourself...like taking a walk in nature and enjoying nice weather, spending time with family, coaching kids in a sport you are passionate about. Personal things.

    Just read these books below and know that your business knowledge will be way ahead of where you are now and you can avoid the headache of proving to someone else that you can write a 10 page paper on waiting line queues, or explaining the purpose of a company vision and mission statement.

    1. The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability by William W. Lewis
    2. The Handbook of Alternative Assets by Mark Jonathan Paul Anson
    3. Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte
    4. Atlas Shrugged (Centennial Ed. HC) by Ayn Rand
    5. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein
    6. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    7. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing, Third Edition by Virginia B.
    8. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Anthony D. Williams
    9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    10. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by ..
    11. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
    12. George Soros On Globalization by George Soros
    13. When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
    14. Beating the Street - 1994 publication by John Rothchld
    15. The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving by Barbara Minto
    16. The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

    I graduated from AMU with an MBA , while I would not say it was easy (since I am not very smart I really had to re-read a lot of things...it did not come easy-to be fair some of the stuff that I had to do for certain classes was not too writing intensive) it would probably be an inexpensive option for you.
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    Imagine a large corporate machine mobilized to get you to buy something you don't need at a tremendously inflated cost, complete with advertising, marketing, and branding that says you're not hip if you don't have one, but when you get one you discover it's of poor quality and obsolete in ten months. That's a BA.

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    Not accredited, but for personal enrichment:
    1. iTunes U
    2. Open Courseware such as MIT, Yale, etc...
    Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare
    Online Video Lectures and Course Materials — Open Yale Courses
    3. The Personal MBA : http://personalmba.com/
    4. Subscribe to The Economist, Businessweek, Financial Times and/or WSJ.
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    Thanks for the replies so far. What school is "AMU"? Thanks

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    I suppose one of the reasons I would like an MBA is because it would give me a "finish line" in my academic studies. It sounds stupid, I know. But I guess the only way I know if I would like to pursue one, is by starting one and findings out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed2005 View Post
    Thanks for the replies so far. What school is "AMU"? Thanks
    AMU and APU are sister schools that offer a fully accredited MBA for $11,700 and are accredited by a Regional accreditor (NCA) as well as DETC.

    AMU stands for American Military University and APU stands for American Public University, Pick one...I guess it depends on what you want your diploma to say.

    APU Degree Program: Master of Business Administration
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    [QUOTE=Ed2005;333673]I suppose one of the reasons I would like an MBA is because it would give me a "finish line" in my academic studies.QUOTE]


    Read the book The 10 Day MBA . The finish line is the end of the book and it will cost under $20. It really is a great book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed2005 View Post
    Of course, I am looking for a low-cost accredited (even DETC) program which I can finish in 1-2 years. I don't care about the prestige of the school, since I am doing this for self-fulfillment and personal enrichment, and to get a better understanding of the business world. I appreciate all responses. Thank you.
    I think Andrew Jackson University (DETC) still has their sponsored tuition program. Tuition is free if you sign up for some newsletters (???) Other than that, it is only $95 a credit for grad classes.
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    No, I don't think Andrew Jackson Univ offers the free tuition program anymore. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the total cost of the MBA can approach 8-10 grand depending on how many semesters it takes one to finish the program. Thanks for all responses so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed2005 View Post
    I have been looking for an online/distance MBA program for awhile now. I already have an advanced degree (M.A in History) but would like to pursue a MBA for personal reasons, not for work advancement. Thus, I am searching for a distance program which is on the relatively easier side, with not much burden on writing lengthy research papers and projects. Of course, I am looking for a low-cost accredited (even DETC) program which I can finish in 1-2 years. I don't care about the prestige of the school, since I am doing this for self-fulfillment and personal enrichment, and to get a better understanding of the business world. I appreciate all responses. Thank you.
    You have heard the old IT saying "cheap, fast, good...pick two". Implying that, when you want something done, you can have any two of those but not all three. I think you can coin a phrase like that for DL degrees: Cheap, easy, legitimate...pick two. I don't think you can have all three. Actually I doubt that you can have easy and legitimate in any circumstance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    I think you can coin a phrase like that for DL degrees: Cheap, easy, legitimate...pick two. I don't think you can have all three.
    University of South Africa offers a DL MBA ... cheap, legitimate, but you better believe it isn't easy. 2/3 isn't bad at all.
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    MBA in Australia

    Has anyone heard anything good/bad about the "12 month MBA " offered by the Gibaran Institute in Australia. It seems they are accredited too.

    12 Month MBA: Affordable, accelerated, and achievable

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    California Coast University's MBA program

    Has anyone heard of any good/bad things about California Coast University 's MBA program? Thanks to all...

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    RA vs NA, look it up on here, then ask yourself the CalCoast question based on what you learn. I'm not being a smartass either, you should look into any school you are thinking about attending and make your own decisions.

    I'm telling you without a hint of sarcasm or trying to pretend to be something I am not. I barely graduated from High School, was a marginal student at my Community College and do not consider myself to be particularly intelligent. So, if I can make it through AMU's program with a VERY high GPA, you will do fine there, and would probably find the course work to be easy.

    I have attended three graduate schools; American Military University, Amberton, and Webster. The Webster courses were taken in person here on the military base, Amberton and AMU were both distance learning online. AMU is by far the easiest of those three.

    Someone else can give you a review of the schools they have attended and you can make an informed opinion.

    My opinion on the RA / NA debate. There should not be one, clearly RA is superior to NA ;)

    Good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed2005 View Post
    Has anyone heard of any good/bad things about California Coast University's MBA program? Thanks to all...
    Yes.... I’m a CCU grad (M.S. Psych) and know a few others who have earned their MBA's with CCU with no complaints and great success in their endeavors.
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    You can know about full time global MBA to get MBA degree in the interested area. I got all details regarding the best MBA educational details.

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