Fast, flexible, serious, cheap - too much to ask from an MBA?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by creon, Jul 25, 2010.

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  1. creon

    creon New Member

    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!
     
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    "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."

    They are a top rate school. Dodgy? Not at all, they are hard as hell though.
     
  4. creon

    creon New Member

    Thanks for the quick responses!

    Kizmet --- I had already checked that threat and found some good info. But the problem with most suggestions is that the premise of the threat - money not being an issue - is totally different from mine. Now, if I were someone's rich friend from Dubai... :)

    b4cz28 --- Thanks for sharing your impression, I'm glad to hear that. May I ask what your appraisal is based on / what makes EBS a "top rate school"? I've been doing some reading on them, and it's been hard to find any reliable information. Which is surprising, given that they're the biggest distance learning b-school in Europe!
     
  5. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    They had a Royal Charter, which I think I read somewhere is equivalent to an RA. Do correct me if I am wrong.
     
  6. BrandeX

    BrandeX New Member

    You can do an MBA with Aspen right now for only $3600
    Tuition
     
  7. creon

    creon New Member

    LSE "diploma for graduates" in management

    Thanks for your replies. A little update from my side:

    I decided to enrol in the LSE (via UoL) "diploma for graduates" in management, which I just found:

    Management - University of London - LSE - External System - Key points

    It's everything I was looking for - fast, flexible, serious and cheap (only ca 1200 GBP). Plus there is a good choice of 'hard skills' classes, and it's from a reputable university.

    Although of course it's not an MBA :)

    Does anyone here have experience with this programme? I did not find much on the forum, which I found surprising, given that it looks like such an interesting programme.
     
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