Distance Learning MBA

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Dim_St, Dec 14, 2019.

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  1. Dim_St

    Dim_St New Member

    Hello,
    I'm looking to enroll for an MBA programme but I can only do it online (and maybe part time).
    Since I have no one to discuss this I would like to list some of my options hoping I will get some feedback. I'm looking for a college in Europe (not an online college that is nonexistent) with courses in English language and hopefully with a low cost. I've found:
    1. Swiss School of Business and Management - a) Standard MBA , b) Global MBA

    2. International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef - Bonn - Master of Business Administration

    3. BEBS Executive Business School - MBA in International Business Management

    4. London School of Business and Finance - Global MBA

    5. Manchester Metropolitan University - Master of Business Administration

    6. Robert Kennedy College - a) Master of Business Administration , b) MBA International Business, c) MBA Risk Management, d) MBA Management Consulting, e) MBA Innovation Leadership and Consulting, f) MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation, g) MBA Leadership and Management

    7. University of Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen) - a)International Business Administration (MBA) , b) International Business Management (MBA), c) Management (MBA)

    These are some colleges I've found so far, the purpose of this thread is to hear peoples' opinion or these programmes. I want to make sure these are accredited so if anyone knows any information, or have experience, or have enrolled to any of these please leave a comment.
    Now if you have another suggestion please let me know, it will be much appreciated.
    Mean comments will be ignored.
     
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I have moved your question to the Business/MBA forum. I suggest you do some reading in the available threads. Most of the schools you've mentioned have been discussed here and you can find those discussions using the search widget. Most of your options will be in the UK, for obvious reasons.
     
  3. Mz19

    Mz19 New Member

    I have exactly same query which is posted here. I have found ssbm global mba program is matching my search criteria could you please help me understand if it is worth it or not? I’ve a similar list as above I’m looking for the universities in Europe offering legit online mba courses at an affordable cost and within 18months.. any help is appreciated..
     
  4. Mz19

    Mz19 New Member

    I guess you might have already come to a conclusion by now.. I’m looking for the universities in Europe offering legit online mba courses at an affordable cost and within 18months..please do provide your input on ssbm and the others listed above.
     
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Swiss School of Business and Management:

    We've discussed the limitations of degrees from Swiss Cantonally-registered schools many, many times. They are NOT Swiss Universities - and cannot call themselves Universities. Yes, they may legally award degrees - but these schools' Swiss degrees do not have the standing of mainstream Swiss Federation degrees. Sometimes, they have no standing at all. Some employers in your own country may recognize them - others - likely not. These degrees don't travel well - particularly in Germany. The reason these schools can't be "Universities" is because Swiss Federation requires that "Universities" have (IIRC) at least 100 highly-qualified professors, library holdings, buildings, a strong research component, blah, blah, blah. This effectively precludes pretty well all distance schools from becoming "Universities."

    Some Swiss schools, including SSBM, get around this by either "dual awards" - their degree and one from a known British or other University - or simply one degree: you learn at the Swiss School and your degree is awarded by arrangement with some non-Swiss (e.g. UK) school. I think I read on the site that SSBM's MBA is a dual award - SSBM and University of Chichester - a known, properly accredited UK school. Another Swiss school, Robert Kennedy College offers British degrees for their programs, too.

    Also - you mentioned 12 months. I read the material from the SSBM site and their MBA appears to be structured over three years. My take: In such cases, you don't want the Swiss degree - it might well be of no use to you, in Switzerland or elsewhere. Especially at 20,000 Euros or so. If a British degree suits - you might prefer to look directly at UK schools. You may save money and time without intermediaries.

    I'd also avoid schools that offer dual awards involving degrees from countries where you are not familiar with the education system - but you can always ask specific questions, here, of course. Some low-end Swiss schools offer dual (or even triple) awards involving degrees from Latin American or Eastern European schools. Quite often, the validating school is no better than the school originating the program. You can wind up with two or even three degrees that may be unsuitable, depending where you live. We're not bad at spotting those situations.

    Well, that's one down... someone else's turn.
     
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  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    BTW - I think you'll find a couple of threads on London School of Business and Finance. Quite long, IIRC. Suggest you use the search-gadget. Calling MacJuli, mintaru, Johann766 and all the other real Germans on the board (I'm a fake - an English spy) -- can you help this poster with the German schools in the thread? Vielen Dank!
     
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  7. GregWatts

    GregWatts Active Member

    FWIW, I'd vote for University of London or Warwick. Not sure of the prices. Heriot-Watt is still an interesting option but not in the same league.
     
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Can't beat London. Unassailable. I was trying to deal with the OP's choices first but .... There's a thread on the U. London degree, started by our long-time member TEKMAN, who has, I believe, recently started the program. IIRC it costs about $23,000 US. Available through Imperial College, University of London. The OP can read all about it, if he's interested. Heriot Watt? Yes - interesting - and DIFFICULT. I've heard no end of tales about the difficulty, exams etc. You do that program -- you've done something rigorous. Cost is less than the London degree. I forget how much less.

    I do remember a Canadian teenager - 15 or so, who completed the Heriot-Watt MBA with extremely high marks - a real genius. And yes - they knew how old he was etc - his parents were fully up-front about it. The young man had completed high school at about age 13. I should have a look-see, what he's doing now... that was about 12 years ago. I believe some applicants can still enter HW without a bachelor's degree, but they've got to be really promising - pretty much like the young man I mentioned - or maybe someone who's spent the last 20 years at the helm of a major global corporation.
     
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  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Since we're throwing other recommendations into the pot, Open University in UK has a program available. Our member Mac Juli pointed out the other day that Open U. has the (justly) famous "Triple Crown" business accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) which puts it in the top 2% of business schools worldwide. I think it might be a good fit for the OP. Definitely better prospects than a Swiss Cantonal School -- with one possible exception: IMD Business School, which has the same accreditations, costs around $100K US and is not online. But heck, Lausanne is a nice place to visit for a year....

    I have no idea of the cost of Open University UK , but since it's a widely-attended school, I'd figure it would go for perhaps a bit less than the U. London MBA. Worth a look.
     
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  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    While we're waiting for our German members to respond, Perhaps the OP could check Anabin for his German choices - That's the German Government's database of Universities. If they appear as H+ you know they're good. H+ /H- means some degrees are approved, some aren't. You have to check your desired program. Lastly, H- by itself means "deficient." You don't want that. Being "deficient" isn't popular in German education circles! All this will tell you is if your desired Uni is "real." How it fares, along with others in the country - needs more research. We need Mac, Johann766 and the others for that. (I'm sometimes known as Johann 666, for obvious reasons.)

    Johann 666 - Baron zu Biersaufen und Wurstburg
    Chancellor: Die Alte und Freie Universität von Johann. :)
     
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  11. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member


    IUBH is a fine school. Never attended it, but some of my peers did - they did not regret it. However, there are better options in the EU or in the world if the costs are a problem. WAAAY better.
     
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  12. mintaru

    mintaru Member


    Anabin does not include German schools. It only lists schools from other countries.
    For a list of German schools and virtually all degree programs in Germany (except very new programs) go to https://www.hochschulkompass.de/en/study-in-germany.html

    There is a thread about International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef - Bonn, by the way. See: https://www.degreeinfo.com/index.php?threads/iubh-online.56241/ That school is real (as Mac Juli said) and it has all nessesary German accreditations. However, it's a for-profit school, in case the OP cares about that fact.

    The Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen (usually called Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences in English) is also real. It's a public university of applied sciences in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. That institution may not be the best German school, but it is a very solid German state university.
     
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  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Mac Juli und mintaru. Schnell und genau, wie immer. Danke sehr.
     
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  14. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Klar. Ich habe schliesslich ein Klischee zu erfüllen!!
    Of course. I have got to live up to the cliche!

    :)
     
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  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Ja, so müssen wir alle... (Yes, we all have to...)
     
  16. Mz19

    Mz19 New Member

    There is a thread about International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef - Bonn, by the way. See: https://www.degreeinfo.com/index.php?threads/iubh-online.56241/ That school is real (as Mac Juli said) and it has all nessesary German accreditations. However, it's a for-profit school, in case the OP cares about that
    The Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen (usually called Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences in English) is also real. It's a public university of applied sciences in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. That institution may not be the best German school, but it is a very solid German state university.[/QUOTE]
    sorry but what is a for-profit school..?
     
  17. Mz19

    Mz19 New Member

    Could you please suggest some online mba courses from uk? As I don’t want to end up finding another ssbm from uk
     
  18. mintaru

    mintaru Member

    See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For-profit_education
    and also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For-profit_higher_education_in_the_United_States

    The public image of for-profit universities in the US is not great, to say the least. Here is an old Forbes article to illustrate what I mean: https://www.forbes.com/sites/schoolboard/2018/03/19/for-profit-colleges-teachable-moment-terrible-outcomes-are-very-profitable/#15e9493640f5 However, this an American problem. Most people in Germany, for instance, do not know what a for-profit school is since there is literally no negative press about for-profit education here.
     
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  19. GregWatts

    GregWatts Active Member

    Heriot-Watt was always obsessed with high standards (not that that is a bad thing) :). For example, it is not unusual for professors to sometimes give "hints" on what is on the final exam. If you have a "dual-delivery" system, that means that students who study in Edinburgh could have a slight advantage over those who study via distance. Their solution was to have the professor craft several exams. The actual exam delivered to all students was decided by lot (i.e. the professor would not know which exam was delivered).
     
  20. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I am starting an MBA with Imperial College London because of its ranking and affordable than University College London and the University of Warwick. Besides, overall the institution is ranking higher comparable to Cambridge and Oxford. So far, the program goes very well with all the career resources and research databases. I am taking several primer courses before the official induction on September 7, 2020. The induction is supposed to be in the South Kensington campus at the business school building, but the induction is now fully online because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
     

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