Hello. My name is Ed (aka edowave). After graduating from the University of Florida in 97', I moved to Tokyo, Japan to study the wonderful sport and art of Judo. While there, I started working for an HR firm training Japanese mangers who were being transferred to their offices in the US. I quickly hit a ceiling there, and in order to "move up", I was told I had to have an MBA. The options in Japan at the time were pretty slim, Temple University, or McGill. Both were very expensive programs. However, I heard some schools were offering courses via a still fairly new media known as "the Internet" using blazing fast 56k speeds. I decided to do some research and found a group called "alt.education.distance" and started reading and asking some questions. I found about 5 different programs I was interested in (Amberton, Baker, City, Heriot-Watt, and Andrew Jackson.) After some education from the group about the differences between RA, NA, and Royal Charter accredidation, I decided on the Heriot-Watt program and signed up for my first course in 1999. Two years into the program, taking only one course at a time, I was only about half-way finished. I decided to finish the MBA full-time by transfering on campus in Edinburgh. It was a fantastic experience that got me "fired up" about education. After completing the Heriot-Watt MBA in Edinburgh, I moved back to Florida, and applied to a technical management PhD program. Not only was I accepted, but I was also awarded an assitantship! UF also allowed me to transfer 30 credits from the Heriot-Watt MBA to my PhD program. While at UF, I decided to pick up another Masters. This was in Food and Resource Economics, and now I am currently in my dissertation phase of my PhD. I hope to complete everything by the end of summer. DegreeInfo has been a great source of information for me (I followed the gang over from alt.distance.education) and enjoy giving back to the group whenever I can. Feel free to ask away if you have a question.