Genuinity of Online MBA Programs

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Tas, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Tas

    Tas New Member

    Hi friends,
    I’m currently residing in UAE and seeking best options to consider Online MBA Program with or without specialisation.

    I’ve pulled up info for a couple of Universities most of which have a campus in Dubai. I’m now down with 2 to choose from and any help with reviews and feedback would be really appreciated

    1. Eaton School of Business
    2. UI International University of Applied Sciences

    Addtnly, please feel free to suggest any other economical and renowned options as well
  2. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az New Member

    "Eaton Business School" appears to be unaccredited itself and capitalizing off of the Eaton name to lure in students. It doesn't tell you how much you are paying, which I think is suspicious. Evaluating agencies would probably be suspicious of such a degree, too.

    I'm not sure what you mean by UI International University of Applied Sciences. Did you mean IU International University of Applied Sciences? That one doesn't seem to have a campus in Dubai but it could be a good option. If you're looking for economical, I'm not sure they're the best option.
  3. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    What are your actual goals? Where do you want to work after the work permit/visa expires? What industry? Are you open to MBA programs in languages other than English? What is economical? It’s a relative term and you’re in a locale with extremes on both ends. While rare, I do know of some Emirate work contracts that cover unlimited tuition reimbursement, have you checked your contract?

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Imperial College London's Global MBA.... lot of International Students, especially in the EMA region.
  5. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Great recommendation but one might be hard pressed, outside of a few circumstances, to refer to that as an economical option.
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  6. Tas

    Tas New Member

    While I’m a working professional since 12+ years now specifically in the banking industry, I’m planning to pursue Masters for an added advantage to seek executive roles. Not open to MBA in languages other than English.
    I dont have a threshold planned as such, but basis my research upto 50k aed is the max I would want to spend at this stage hoping it should not compromise the program quality.
    Also, an Online option is what I’m mainly seeking at this moment.
    Imperial college is definitely a great recommendation but very heavy on the pocket
  7. datby98

    datby98 Member

    Hi Tas, in that regard, would you mind considering UoPeople's MBA or Quantic's EMBA (hope they still have scholarship for this EMBA program)*?
  8. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az New Member

    Are you wanting a degree for emigration purposes? If so, UoPeople or Quantic might not be sufficient.
  9. Courcelles

    Courcelles Member

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  10. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

  11. Tas

    Tas New Member

    Thanks datby, how genuine is UoPeople since it seems too good to be true !?! Quantic does seem interesting though
  12. Tas

    Tas New Member

    Nope I just need for my career development, immigration is not a question for now
  13. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    With what you have described, two programs in particular come to mind. I would encourage you to investigate the following two programs. Both are quite affordable and while the particular campuses may not be flagships, they're connected to major institutions with wide recognition. Texas A&M may be particularly well suited, considering your current location.

    Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Online MBA $12,757

    University of North Carolina - Wilmington Online MBA $15,855
  14. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az New Member

    UoPeople is properly accredited but it has a "lower" accreditation than the standard US degrees. Some countries do not recognize a UoPeople degree as being legitimate. UoPeople has "national" accreditation while the "good" schools have "regional" accreditation. I do not speak Arabic so I do not know how somewhere like Dubai views degrees from UoPeople. I do know that they don't count if you want to move to the USA, Canada, or Germany.
  15. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    @Tas, I know you're in the UAE, specifically Dubai. Where are you from? Does it have to be a US degree? If you're from South Asia for example, then India may be your pick, as India has many accredited universities to select from! And if you're in South America then there are the ones from UCN. In Africa, UNISA - from South Africa is a popular choice...
  16. manuel

    manuel New Member

  17. GregWatts

    GregWatts Active Member

    OMG, you really need to check out Herriot Watt. They just opened a state of the art campus in Dubai. May be able to do a online / campus hybrid from a decently ranked royally charted uni... no brainer IMO from UAE
  18. Maxwell_Smart

    Maxwell_Smart Active Member

    There is no such thing as lower or higher accreditation in the United States. A school is either accredited or unaccredited. The U.S. Department of Education has never positioned accreditors in hierarchies. Only through the public's misunderstanding of the system and of how the Department has always dealt with accreditors did the misconception of hierarchies take shape.

    Being a good school or a bad school has nothing at all to do with accreditation designations or if the school is accredited at all for that matter. It all comes down to the administration and its ability or inability to put together and administer a quality learning program.

    The Department has made a public statement dissolving the RA/NA model and with good reason. It long outlived its useful purpose and became even less viable based on all of the misinformation that has spread over the years about it, as well as all of the unfair and downright discriminatory treatment received by holders of degrees from non-RA schools.

    All of that being said, not all sectors of the educational community have caught up to the direction the Department has taken, so for at least another good 5 years or so, people can expect the same kind of bull from evaluators, immigration officials, and other gatekeepers that decided at some point in the past that only one accreditation designation is acceptable even when it wasn't a direction from the Department of Ed, and even though most were doing it as a monkey-see-monkey-do response without really understanding at all why they were doing it.
  19. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Perhaps a different view may be that only the Department of Education has announced that they will not distinguish between NA and RA. While their position carries significance, it is primarily limited to the scope of Federal financial aid disbursement. Someone taking that view may also note that the decision of the DOE to not distinguish between the two, was put into action by an individual who is no longer in charge of the DOE and having many of their positions and policies overturned. A distinction between them still exists with various organizations throughout our free market and there has certainly developed a hierarchy of accreditation. We may disagree with certain aspects of it or how much the distinction is likely to impact an individual, but acknowledging it's existence is certainly not a misunderstanding or a monkey-see response.
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  20. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Slight correction, the US does accept NA degrees and treats them as equivalent for governmental purposes for the most part (academic is a bigger issue.) WES Canada evaluates them as an earned but non-recognized degree with an asterisk that they are not unaccredited (or something like that.)

    Germany as you noted does not accept them at all (or even RA degrees that are earned via competency like WGU.)

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