I warned ya but you didn't listen: Free MBA is now $15,063.89

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by warguns, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. warguns

    warguns Member

    Long time users will recall that I was enrolled in the 100% FREE internet MBA at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) Sweden.

    MBA programme Full time - Blekinge Institute of Technology

    The Swedish university system announced that tuition would be charged for all non-EU students beginning Fall 2011. The tuition fee has now been announced: 100,000 SEK or $15.063.89 per year.

    Internet-based education is charged at the same rate as B&M.

    Now, aren't you sorry you did not take my advice and enroll when it was FREE
  2. traumaunit

    traumaunit New Member

    It's still unaccredited.
  3. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    It looks legit...am I wrong??
  4. edowave

    edowave Active Member

  5. warguns

    warguns Member

    All Swedish universities are accredited. However, the BTH MBA is not accredited by any of the business accreditors.
  6. xkaperx

    xkaperx New Member

    For the first time, it is a good thing that I am a Polish citizen....:cool:
  7. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    It is???????????????
  8. NorCal

    NorCal Active Member

    Dude, its in freakin Sweden and its not accredited . . . Hardly something to pound your chest over, lol.

    But hey, if your happy, I'm happy for you . . .
  9. jaer57

    jaer57 New Member

    A free MBA would be nice; even from an unaccredited university. Education isn't just about degrees, prestige, and job advancement; it's also about learning and self-growth. The other aspects are just gravy...
  10. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    So is it or is it not?
  11. jaer57

    jaer57 New Member

    Looks like it is no longer free, unfortunately.
  12. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    I was asking if it was accredited.......lolz:squareeyed:
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    That makes it sound like you think a program is less worthwhile if the school is in Sweden. Is that the case, and if so, why, exactly?

  14. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Public universities in western Europe -- like the Blekinge Institute of Technology -- are typically accepted as equivalent to regionally accredited schools in the US. You could say that they are "unaccredited", but that's because Europe generally doesn't use private accreditation agencies to evaluate schools. The vast majority of European colleges and universities are public, and in such cases it is assumed that the government maintains reasonable standards of academic quality.

    You could call Blekinge Institute of Technology "unaccredited", because it lacks accreditation from DETC or any US regional accreditor, or because the MBA program lacks accreditation from US-based programmatic accreditors like AACSB or ACBSP. But by that standard, every other university in Sweden is also "unaccredited", and so are Oxford and Cambridge.
  15. traumaunit

    traumaunit New Member

    I think he's saying the degree probably has little to no utility here in the United States.
  16. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    Why many MBA programs in the US have no program accred?
  17. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    In the US, programmatic accreditation is typically most important in fields that are subject to state licensing laws (e.g. law, medicine, engineering). Programmatic accreditation is typically optional or nonexistent in unregulated fields (like business or computer science).

    For example, an ABET engineering degree is legally different from a non-ABET engineering degree; the distinction affects your ability to get a Professional Engineer's license. An ABA law degree is legally different from a non-ABA law degree: the distinction affects your ability to qualify for the Bar. So programmatic accreditation is very important for degrees in these fields.

    But with business degrees, it doesn't matter. You can be a "businessman" regardless of whether or not your MBA degree is accredited by AACSB or ACBSP, or whether it is RA or DETC. In fact, you can go into business even if you have no MBA degree at all. There are different forms of MBA accreditation, but they are all legally equivalent, because there is no state regulation or licensing of MBAs. So programmatic accreditation is optional for MBA degrees, and some schools choose to avoid the trouble and expense.

    An exception is the field of accounting, which is subject to state regulation. If you want to get an accounting degree and become a state-licensed CPA, then the programmatic accreditation of your degree may be important, depending on your state's regulations. AACSB has separate accreditation for business and accounting.
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  18. warguns

    warguns Member

    Well explained. I might add that unapproved institutions (the equivalent of US unaccredited) are simply not allowed to exist in most Western European countries. The right to confer a university degree is controlled by the state. BTW, some Swedish MBA programs are accredited by the AACSB or its European equivalent AMBA or Equis. BTH is not.
  19. warguns

    warguns Member

    no utility

    Let's see. It's an MBA in English, using American textbooks from a world recognized university. And it was FREE.

    In an article in the Journal of Systems and Software, Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, is ranked fifth in the world within Systems and Software Engineering Blekinge Institute of Technology

    I can see why one would think such a degree has no utility.
  20. warguns

    warguns Member


    Yes, it's still FREE for you.

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