Hi all, thanks for your posts on this forum, it really is a great source of information for newbies like me! I would greatly appreciate your help with my questions... I hold masters degrees in International Relations and African Studies from Oxford and Sciences Po Paris (both with distinctions and fully scholarship-funded). For the last two years, I've been working as a project manager for a Germany-based political foundation. I am now planning on doing a DPhil (Oxford speak for a PhD) in politics in the fall of 2011 - but with an economics / business focus, rather than a social / cultural focus. However, for that I would have to brush up on my economics skills first. My idea was to do so by pursuing an MBA program - distance learning, as I will be moving. Ideally, the program (MBA or other) should be: - FLEXIBLE. It should be (almost) entirely online, and if I can cram it all into one year (I could work on it full time), all the better. - HARD-SKILLS CENTERED. Accounting, finance, quantitative methods rather than motivational, HR etc. skills. - SERIOUS. I want to learn, not impress employers, so I don't care as much about the school's reputation. But it should be reputable enough to put on a CV, without making me look like a fraud. - DIRT CHEAP. Anything above $ 10-15,000 would be prohibitive. From the research I've done so far, the Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watts) MBA does not sound too bad - they are by far the most flexible and affordable. But then again they sound kind of dodgy - no accreditation, no entry requirements, no real contact to your professors. So - any suggestions? Would an online MBA be a good investment? Would EBS be a good place? Or should I go for something completely different? Thanks a lot in advance!