Ccu mba?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by TCord1964, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I'm wrapping up by BA at Excelsior, and I am weighing my options for an MBA. I'm looking at doing an evening program at a local B&M university or going with California Coast University (strictly for budgetary reasons). The B&M university is known in the immediate area, but it's not a prestigious school by any means, so "brand name" isn't really an issue here.

    My question is has anyone here done the CCU MBA? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the program.
  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I did it years ago (2004 or so) and it was tough. I had to retake 2 classes to raise my GPA just to graduate.
  3. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Randell, just out of curiosity, why don't you list your MBA in your signature? If I had an MBA, I'd make sure everyone knew about it. :silly:
  4. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    There is only so much room :silly:

    Seriously, I did the UoP degree for $550 and was not sure if I would ever continue my education. I later signed up for the CCU BS/MBA program and it was something like $3,500 for everything. I just got my MBA in Marketing because I took some marketing classes and only needed a few more (3 or 4) for an MBA so I figured I would go for it. I only list a few of the degrees which are all RA/non-profits/public except NCU which is for profit.

    Things I do not list-
    MBA in Marketing - Trident University International - 2011
    MBA - California Coast University - 2003
    BS in Business Administration - California Coast University - 2001
    AA in Biomedical Technology & Computer Science Technology - University of Phoenix
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  5. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Really impressive, you have so many degrees that just display the ones that are more prestigious.

    I understand your logic, as you are a professional adjunct, the more degrees you have the more flexibility to pick up more teaching work.

    You might be the guy with more degrees around here. I only have 4 degrees and was hesitating to go after my fifth one. Now that I know that are people with more degrees than me, then I feel confident to go after my fifth one.
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  6. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I have even considered another degree. I have a few choices but this one will really be for fun. It would also be from the University of West Florida or Florida Institute of Technology. Right now I can teach: IT, Marketing, Management, and Public Health. I have even considered an associates degree from Florida State and just take some classes I enjoy as a hobby and end up with a degree if it works out that way.

    What degree are you considering? I have thought about accounting/finance but since I hate both subjects they would not be a good choice!
  7. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    An MSc in Acccounting and finance. The reality is that I don't need the degree, I have enough work to keep me busy. I had to refuse teaching gigs because things were getting out of control as I was working more than 100 hrs at one point and was burning out.

    I only teach at few places now and keep my work load under 60 hrs a week. The extra 30 to 40 hrs a week were only giving me 30 to 40K as salaries at online schools are low (1.5K a course). Some people claim that can make 150K teaching on the side but I really don't see how as I'm already buring out at extra 40K.

    You can build indeed a teaching career by accumulating degrees in different fields. However, it is very demanding.

    I have seen resumes of individuals with several PhDs and master's, I think that too much education cannot be too good either.

    Degrees are also expensive, my accounting credits were earned by cheap examination from an british accounting association. I think this is the best way to go for people only looking to improve themselves.

    I believe this CCU MBA can be a good option if you just want the title and looking at a career in small businesses or self employment. I don't think is a good option for people looking at careers at large corporations or teaching careers.
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  8. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    I finished the CCU MBA (in Management) a few months ago; my second masters from CCU and I enjoyed the experience greatly (both times). The programs were challenging, rewarding and also quite affordable. They met my needs (non-RA) and highly recommend CCU (and Excelsior too)!

    Good Luck!
  9. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    What about the utility of a CCU MBA? I don't plan to work for a Fortune 500 company, but have you found the CCU MBA to be helpful for things like gaining employment, promotions, etc?
  10. ShotoJuku

    ShotoJuku New Member

    Absolutely - I received a huge promotion at my regular job and greater teaching opportunities as a part time adjunct.
  11. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    There is a reason why Randell had to do a RA MBA and it is not listing this degree in his resume.

    It cannot be used for teaching at a RA institution for sure.

    May be Randell can explain why he had to do another bachelor and master's degree. I don't have experience with this degree but many have explained its limitations.

    It seems that you were doing a degree at Penn foster, I would put CCU in the same category so perhaps this can give you an idea.
  12. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    The thing that appeals to me most about CCU is that they're almost completely self-paced-- they hand you the coursework, and you have up to a year to finish. You can go as fast or as slow as you like, and you're not held up by some odd academic calendar. If they were RA, I'd have signed up months ago.
  13. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    The Heriott Watt MBA works the same way and is way more prestigious.
    Some British programs work the same way, I completed the ACCA program that is self paced and really cheap. You can top up with a Master's with only the dissertation.

    The issue with MBAs is that unless it comes from a prestigious institution, it has almost no impact in your resume. There are several studies that back this up (you can do your own home work and search about these studies in google).

    The MBA CCU might be very difficult, convenient, cheap, etc but it comes from a low rated correspondance school. People with RA MBAs are having a hard time selling the credential so I think this credential might be a very hard sell.

    I would follow this program if I were an accomplished self employed individual that just needed business background for self improvement and the right to put MBA in a business card.
  14. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Ok, after reading through this I've decided my future goal is now to acquire more degrees than Randall and RFValve.....combined. The future Mrs. is gonna love this decision...
  15. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member


    You have it right, instead of getting multiple degrees from low tier institutions, it is more efficient to get a Master's degree from a top institution like Harvard.

    I don't see the point of getting multiple Masters and PhD from low tier schools when you can make easily 150K plus with an MBA from Harvard. You can also easily get online adjunct gigs with an MBA from Harvard.

    Randell's decision was made based on the fact that his employer is paying for these degrees and he loves learning and teaching.

    Some people come to the forum asking if they can spend 2K in their graduate education and get a 100K job, I'm sure this happens but if this was the case for most of us then people wouldn't be spending 100K for a good masters degree.

    You get what you pay for most of the time.
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  16. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    You are a very sick man :pat:
  17. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    When I first started down this road I was not aware of the whole NA/RA thing. CCU was attractive and a great price (BS/MBA combo for $3,500). By the time I was finishing the BS degree I was more "educated" on accreditation. I decided to go for an RA BS because I wanted an RA MS to have as many teaching opportunites as I can. I finished the CCU MBA because it was paid for already and those courses doubled as my "study guide" to take and pass the CLEPs to help me with my BS from COSC.

    Partly yes, but now I am burnt out. If they were not paying, I would have stopped at my MS-ITM or even before that with a CCU MBA. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have done the MBA at Jacksonville University (not to be confused with Jacksonville State) when I lived in Jacksonville and I was this close [fingers close together] to signing up. It was a weekend program and well respected in Jax.
  18. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    That's not always possible, thus the explosion of MBA options.

    So you’re saying the only good master’s degrees cost 100K? That’s not only nearly impossible for most to achieve, but the ROI is a losing uphill battle unless you’re very young and/or someone else foots the bill.

    While yes, many expect to waltz into a cheap program and waltz out to get a killer six-figure job, a good number of posters here are simply looking to make it to the next rung. For some that next rung is a quick promotion, others a teaching gig.

    It’s apparent that from posts here as well as other resources such as LinkedIn that less-expensive programs can and do work, depending on where the resultant degrees are applied. One must consider one’s market and how said degree will be used before one dives into any program.
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  19. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I don't think I completely agree with this. Does the MBA give anyone the right to a high-paying job? No. Does it possibly get your foot in the door? I think so. Many of the job listings in my field that I see almost always specify "bachelor degree required, masters degree preferred." They don't specify the type of masters degree they prefer, so I get the feeling it's a "check the box" type of thing if you have the work experience to back it up.
  20. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Just to be clear, I wasn't attempting to degrade either yours or Randell's academic accomplishments. Ihopeit wasn't perceived that way, as your reply seemed to indicate. I was simply trying to be funny.

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