ACCA - Oxford Brookes University Global MBA

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by nomaduser, May 8, 2020.

  1. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    Hey guys,

    Check this MBA program:

    The program says it's one of the top 10 MBA degrees in the world.
    You can obtain this degree by becoming an ACCA member with at least 3 years of work experience.
    I don't know how hard it is to become an ACCA member though.

    To complete the Oxford Brookes University Global MBA, you will need to:

    • be an ACCA member (ACCA students and affiliates are not eligible)
    • have a minimum of three years' professional/managerial work experience.
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    That's not what it says.
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  3. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    You need 3 years of experience to become a full ACCA member.

    You do NOT need to be a full member (or have 3 years of experience) to have access to the BSc or MSc. You just need to be a student member, and pass the required papers.

    I completed MSc at University of London (technically, I'm still a student - they didn't get around conferring the degree yet), but did not do any of the experience forms. You need a qualified accountant to confirm that your work fits the "competencies"; even though what I did technically relates to taxation, the accountants I talked with were skeptical. I didn't press them, as I do not really need a British accountancy credential.
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  4. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Actually, experience requirement is what separates a member from an affiliate. Since UofL courses count as two last ACCA papers, I'm technically an affiliate - but need to document experience to be a full member. It's an equivalent to being a CPA, in states that require experience (which is nowadays almost all of them). An "affiliate" would be like having 150-hour requirements done and passing the Uniform CPA Examination, but you're not a "CPA" if you don't fulfill alll of your state's requirements.
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  5. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    How long did it take for you to finish the MSc at University of London? and how much did it cost??
  6. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    It is a top 10 Online MBA program according to QS World Rankings but it is not a Top 10 MBA program. It definitely seems like an interesting degree program and could be useful for some people. It is not my cup of tea but different strokes for different folks. :)
  7. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Starting from scratch? Over 3 years. I first registered with ACCA in late 2016. I did one thing wrong though: signed up for all three UofL modules for December 2019, while having a lot of other things going on. As a result, I overexerted and failed Strategic Financial Management, badly (passed two others). By the time they announced results (they take sweet time grading), I had to register for retake for December 2019. They announced results in March. Prices are on the website; all in all, it's still way cheaper than even the cheapest American degrees. I couldn't justify paying more for a degree in, frankly, not my field, so this path worked out great.
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Nobody asked me, but... those rankings specifically of online programs are even more worthless than rankings in general. It's all just marketing puffery.
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  9. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Duke student, way to flex it!
    OBU is a solid program. It's a former polytechnic though, so highly unlikely it can be seen as "elite".
  10. GregWatts

    GregWatts Member


    It is also "UCL" (i.e. "may" be the most prestigious online graduate degree in accountancy available). I thought about doing it but then decided I couldn't stomach more business study... already FCCA, et al...
  11. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    It is definitely a very solid program. I guess people can argue whether UofL International degrees can be equated with degrees from the leading colleges on the programs. Contra: degree conferring entity is not UCL, it's UoL, and the admissions are handled differently. Pro: the content and the assessments are designed by the colleges (UCL in this case). It's a lot like a Harvard Extension degree.

    Yeah, this degree is not easy without motivation. My idea for this whole enterprise is to exploit accounting faculty shortage in US and try to get into teaching full-time. What I overlooked is while I was doing other things, a bit of a shortage of CS faculty developed; I now have a non-tt but full-time teaching position in a rather nice regional university (I hope COVID-19 won't wreck the whole of higher education too much). I'm still glad I did it; it is great to have a UoL degree, plus I hope to do some accounting-adjacent research. But I'm not sure I'd go all the way for this motivation alone.
  12. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    I do not feel I flexed anything because all I did was state the difference in the rankings. I do not have a doubt that OBU is a solid program but after looking at the website, it would not be a program of interest for me personally. I apologize if my comment offended you in anyway.
  13. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    I was joking, if you can't tell.
    I can see how this program will not be of personal interest to you, as you already have an MBA from another perfectly solid program. OBU is not visibly superior to SE Oklahoma anyway, and US degree is probably slightly better recognized in US, anyway.

    OBU Global MBA is an excellent program. However, it has a rather specific target audience, namely people with ACCA designation. If you do not have ACCA, getting it just to gain access to this program is probably not worth it. I'm saying it as a currently-registered ACCA student, btw. ACCA program is more than worth it on it's own (exceptional value, in fact), but, again, mostly for aspiring accountants outside of US and Canada (might be better in Canada if that transfer agreement is actually still in force; it's not at al obvious since CA/CGA/CMA forced merger). Actually, if one is getting a Bachelor's from scratch, going through ACCA and OBU will be a rather cheap choice - but, neither easy NOR quick.
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  14. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    Awesome information! I could definitely see how this program would be beneficial for a specific student!
  15. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    For those ranking, I can only afford Imperial College London in the top 20. Others just break my bank account has no guaranteed return on investment guarantee. I am aiming for Senior VP as soon as I am accepted into the program. I have been a VP for over 5 years now, and I need to move on. Hopefully, once I earn my MBA and get a promotion to Director or Managing Director. :)
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  16. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    Cost is definitely a factor for many to consider when choosing a program. Some are comfortable spending larger amounts than others. Personally, I have zero hesitation about the cost of my degree that I will earn with Duke. Others balk at the thought of the cost.
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  17. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Do you get any scholarship with Duke? The program cost seems to be quite heavy at $70,000.00.
  18. JoshD

    JoshD Active Member

    No sir. Merit-based scholarships are limited in the program.

    Program cost is up there. However, the alumni network that I have access to is extensive not only at Fuqua but at Duke as a whole.

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