Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by sshuang, Oct 4, 2006.
Is there such a program out there?
AACSB-accredited and Cheap. No. Even when they pay you to teach a couple of courses and waive your tuition.
Online. No. In fact, you would have difficulty finding a short-residency program in Accounting that would be AACSB-accredited.
For that matter, off the top of my head, I don't know of any AACSB-accredited doctoral programs that can be completed entirely on a part-time basis. If you find one, ask about the graduation rate.
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Are there any reasonable priced online or short-residency AACSB accredited PhD or DBA in business out there?
Nova Southeastern University's www.nova.edu short-residency DBA program offers a concentration in Accounting and they have membership in AACSB. That said, they have recently applied for AACSB accreditation, though there is no necessary guarantee that they will have AACSB accreditation. There are a few dissertation-only doctorates over in the UK which are AACSB-accredited, but I'm not sure whether any of those offer accounting as a dissertation field. Probably none of the above will be cheap.
Does anyone know if Grenoble, Manchester or Henley offer emphases in accounting? Those would be about your only possibilities. The first school is French, the next two are British. They all offer DBAs, I don't know if there's a possibility of having an accounting concentration. All are very good, AACSB accredited programs that can be completed with short residencies plus online. But alas, they're not cheap!
Why is AACSB necessary? Do you plan a career in research university academia in the U.S.? That's about the only reason to pursue an AACSB doctorate. And if that's the case, the fact that the programs are foreign might make it tough for you to shoehorn your way in anyway. Then all that money and time could be for naught. One thing in your favor, if you do plan on academia, is that there is some shortage of people willing to pursue the academic route in accounting. Primarily because there's so much money in the field, provided your credentials are good, outside of academia. Perhaps you could get a start with "just" your masters. In fact, there are no shortage of smaller colleges who would be glad to give a person with a bachelors from Berkeley and an MBA from SF State a crack at an assistant professor position. Once in, you could plan your next course of action.
Now everything here's assuming you are planning a career in academia. If my presumption is wrong, I'm wondering why you need a doctorate, online or otherwise, in the accounting field. It would seem you already have all you need.
AACSB Phd - UK
The best, and least expensive distance Ph D program that IS AACSB accredited is the Open University in the UK. (The others mentioned are fine as well - more expensive though - and Grenoble requires periodic seminars during the first year or two).
Their website is open.ac.uk - from what I understand - limited/no residency required; cost is around 2900 pounds per year - which is about 5500 dollars. Reputation is quite good.
Whether it is accepted in the US is uncertain.
Not sure if they offer a focus on Accounting...they do seem to allow for interdiscplinary studies, and I would suspect, you could craft your dissertation so that you fulfilled your interest - the key is finding a supportive, internal mentor.
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Absolutely. Here are a few. All of these schools are AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited. Residency is anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month per year.
Henley Management College (DBA)
Grenoble Ecole de Management / University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (Joint DBA)
Manchester Business School (DBA)
Aston Business School (PhD & DBA)
I don't know about the accounting specialty, but since they are research-focused it might very well be possible to do research in accounting.
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Are there any AACSB doctorates with short residency or completely online from a North American school? I'm curious.
What about UNISA?
Hard to beat the price!
Sorry, turns out UNISA is a member but not AACSB accredited.
Open University is closed to many
True, if you're in the UK or EU, but otherwise you cannot enroll with Open University.
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Not that I'm aware of. Perhaps they will one day exist with short residencies, but very unlikely with a 100% online delivery.
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Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, offers a PhD in Management that can be completed with (I believe) 2 summer residencies of 2 months each. That is for the coursework component, the research component (as I understand it) can be undertaken from non residentially. Saint Mary's is AACSB accredited.
This program does not appear to have an accounting concentration.
According to the website, the areas of study offered are "Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, Organizational Theory, Human Resources, and Industrial/Labour Relations."
This appears to be a very desirable program for the areas they do offer.
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"Residency and Method of Delivery
Students are required to fulfill the equivalent of two semesters of full time residency. Normally, these semesters will be in the spring/summer period and are composed of intensive daily classes that run from the beginning of May to the end of June. Past experience suggests that it is not possible for students to maintain other commitments, e.g. contract work or teaching, during this time frame. The months of July and August are devoted to research projects, including the writing of major papers. "
I suppose we would have to define "short residency". I would say that two two-month semesters is not a "short residency" but a "reduced residency". If one can't maintain work and life commitments at another location, then the program it ceases to be a distance learning format, in my view.
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