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    jcush is offline Registered User
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    Best MBA option for military

    I am full time military and looking for some guidance concerning online MBA programs. I am looking for a decent list of regionally accredidated, most recognizable MBA programs out there. I will use military tuition assistance and would like to keep my costs to a minimum.

    My goal is to obtain this degree and delve into the online adjunct world while I look into terminal degree options. I have done a lot of research..but just found this site this morning--and it appears that I will learn way more here than thru my current googling efforts!

    Thanks in advance!

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    If I where you I would start here "Best MBA " sticky:

    http://www.degreeinfo.com/distance-l...ba-degree.html

    It has a ton of information. This could give you a better idea of what you may be looking for.
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    Off the top of my head. Mississippi State University and Central Michigan University give a pretty respectable tuition discount for military. They are both AACSB accredited .
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    I would start there as well and I think that the best option for military is the OK state MBA . The reasoning is twofold; it can be done entirely online and the tuition is only $250 for active duty military. It does require a GMAT score and other things, but in terms of the best option for military, it has to be a consideration. Here is a link:

    Master of Business Administration - Distance Learning

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    If you are interested in earning an MBA to do adjunct work, make sure you get 18 credit hours in a subject that is in high demand, like finance or accounting . With a general MBA , you probably will not be able to find adjunct work. I sent zillions of CVs out for adjunct work with my general MBA (it definitely felt like zillions) and never got one taker.

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    That Oklahoma State MBA that Smokey posted looks like a good program. It lets you take enough electives credit to earn at least 18 credit hours in either finance or accounting .

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    After reviewing the list of electives available for the Oklahoma MBA , I'm not sure if it's your best option. They offer very few electives in finance or accounting .

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    Liberty University . The military rate is $250.00 per hour for ALL degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceq View Post
    Liberty University. The military rate is $250.00 per hour for ALL degrees.
    The disadvantage of Liberty 's program is not AACSB accredited . This might limit your potential in teaching .
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEKMAN View Post
    The disadvantage of Liberty's program is not AACSB accredited. This might limit your potential in teaching.
    My bad! I don't know much about MBA programs and AACSB accreditation. That’s what makes this forum so great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrenceq View Post
    My bad! I don't know much about MBA programs and AACSB accreditation. That’s what makes this forum so great.
    Spouting off my opinion here, not being AACSB does not make an MBA program bad. An AACSB MBA program is the equivalent to a new Mercedes in the auto world, it's among the best available. There are still plenty of other very nice cars out there that will get the job done with style at a generally lower price. Similarly, there are also plenty of non-AACSB MBA programs that are still great and could potentially get you a great job. If you want a job in a top university, a top financial institution or a few other firms, you should go with AACSB. It can be more expensive, but in those and similar cases, it could be worth it. In many other cases, it's not as important.
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    SurfDoctor is right, there are plenty of available MBA programs out there, but unless there are a bunch of hidden fees that I do not know about, OK State's $250 per credit hour AACSB accredited MBA is the best bang for bucks for a military member IMO. Even without the 18 hours of specific coursework available in electives, one could always get an additional certificate to make up those hours. I am unsure about the rest of the branches, but I know that the Air Force will pay up to $9,000 towards a certificate as long as it is split between two fiscal years for that amount ($4,500 per year is the cap). The downside to that is that certification option can only be used once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey2011 View Post
    SurfDoctor is right, there are plenty of available MBA programs out there, but unless there are a bunch of hidden fees that I do not know about, OK State's $250 per credit hour AACSB accredited MBA is the best bang for bucks for a military member IMO. Even without the 18 hours of specific coursework available in electives, one could always get an additional certificate to make up those hours. I am unsure about the rest of the branches, but I know that the Air Force will pay up to $9,000 towards a certificate as long as it is split between two fiscal years for that amount ($4,500 per year is the cap). The downside to that is that certification option can only be used once.
    $250 a credit for an AACSB MBA ? That's a no-brainer.
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    GetEducated.com has some "best buy" rankings:

    AACSB:

    Online MBA Rankings AACSB - Top Affordable Best Distance MBA | Ratings & Rankings | GetEducated.com

    RA:

    Best Buy Online MBA Regionally Accredited | Ratings & Rankings | GetEducated.com

    One of my former students is working on her MBA at Chadron State. She tells me it is a quality education - she's busting her tail in the program

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfDoctor View Post
    $250 a credit for an AACSB MBA? That's a no-brainer.
    Another no-brainer:

    University of Louisiana-Monroe: offers a 30-CH AACSB MBA @ $193 /graduate CH. Tuition is the same for in- or out-of state students. I believe the courses are 8-week sessions.
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    What branch are you? I only ask because if you are Navy they have the NCPACE program where if you are on Sea Duty you can get a degree for free. There are three MBA options under that program.

    Other than that. Best depends on a lot of personal things. I myself want to complete my schooling in a compressed amount of time as I am attempting to finish my BA and MA while on Shore Duty. So I chose National University because they have 4 week semesters at the Graduate level.
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