MBA from AACSB accredited schools vs MBA from non-AACSB accredited schools

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  1. soontobecpa

    soontobecpa New Member

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    Dear all,

    I have been debating which option to choose these days:

    Options:
    1. MBA from accredited school (USF or UT) - AACSB accredited
    2. MBA from Argosy or Nova - not AACSB accredited

    I am working on my CPA exam, successfully completed 2 parts and studying for the remaining two parts now. Since I need to get those two done by the end of this may, I do not have time to study for GMAT. I am debating if I need to stop studying for CPA and prepare for GMAT in order to get admission from those schools?

    If I choose the MBA at Argosy or any not AACSB accredited school, what would be the implications in future if I would like to do PHD in accounting or apply for better jobs?

    Like recruiters for AACSB school explained, are the MBAs obtained from non-AACSB accredited school worth for nothing? Those schools do not even accept credits from non-AACSB school, I want to transfer later.

    I am very confused now, could you please share information and offer some suggestions? I would greatly appreciate your time and advise now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ahardinjr

    ahardinjr New Member

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    I have an MBA from a AACSB-accredited school (CSU San Bernardino) and am currently an adjunct there within the school of business. I was told by multiple faculty members (including our MBA Director) that if I wanted to become a full-time tenure track assistant professor there, I'd need to get a PhD from an AACSB-accredited B&M school. So, if you want to teach at a AACSB school, you will need to obtain a PhD from a AACSB-accredited school.

    Don't listen to what the AACSB school recruiters say...it is a marketing ploy. An MBA from a non-AACSB school is not worthless at all.

    In regards to the GMAT, if you want to get into a reputable PhD program, you better have a decent GMAT score. I scored 600 on mine (not too great) and if I wanted to get into a decent fully-funded PhD program, I'd need a 700+ score at minimum.

    In regards to getting into a PhD program, I don't think attending a non-AACSB accredited school would affect you so long as the program is reputable, you recieve high marks, potentially publish and do well on your GMAT. I think it also depends on what type of PhD program you are interested in (online or full-time B&M program).

    I'm not an accountant or a CPA, but I have a friend who is a CPA (just passed the test last fall) and is working for an Accounting firm. I don't think you'll need a PhD to get a better job; I just think a solid MBA with a CPA should do the trick.
     
  3. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

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    You must be in my backyard considering your school choices. Once you go non-AACSB for your MBA, you are stuck with non-AACSB for your PhD. Think about that seriously.
    I have an ACBSP MBA from Northcentral, which took me about 8 months to complete online. I am now enrolled in Northcentral's PhD program. If I wanted to be admitted to an AACSB PhD program, I would probably have to take a whole bunch of AACSB graduate courses as prereqs. Its not really a problem for me as a software engineer, but if you want to earn your living as a college professor, it is important IMHO.
     
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    carlosb New Member

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    Accreditation

    "The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship with endorsement and support from Nova Southeastern University is seeking initial accreditation from the AACSB-International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). "

    Must be a good reason why........
     
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    RFValve Active Member

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    I don't think that non-AACSB accredited MBAs are worthless. Some good schools here in Canada are not AACSB accredited like McGill University.

    Not all the PhDs from AACSB accredited schools require an AACSB accredited MBA. However, given the trends towards this accreditation, the safest route will be to get a degree from AACSB accredited school.

    The reality is that there are hundreds of MBAs out there and the AACSB accreditation seems to be a way to discrimnate among all these MBAs.
     
  6. ahardinjr

    ahardinjr New Member

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    Agreed 100%. If you are leaning towards a AACSB-accredited PhD, then AACSB-accredited MBA program would be the safest route. However, if you are going into the private sector AACSB-accrediation doesn't really matter so long as it is a goo program.
     

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