MBA / Master in Management question

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by asdfkrs, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    Dear friends,
    I have some questions that I hope some of you can help me with.

    First, some information about me : I live in Norway. I have B.Sc. in IT and I also finished the first year of BBA (i think the English name is CertHE in Business Administration) (+ some extra courses from edX :lick:). My working experience is 7,5 years, all of them in one of the major engineering companies.

    I'm searching for a Master's degree, with the following requirements:
    - field of study : Business Administration or Management
    - 100% online
    - Price - Cheapest possible : max 6 000 USD
    - Legal, accredited. (I almost purchased MBA from The Open University of Switzerland (ABMS)...)
    - No GMAT

    And some "whould be nice if" requirements:
    - 1 year
    - Possibility to start whenever you want?
    - European
    - No thesis

    I know that the cheap, fast, top MBA is utopia, but I guess there are some programs that I'm not aware of?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Delta

    Delta Active Member

  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Hi, asdfkrs. Why not a university in Norway? Wouldn't your tuition be zero? That's what Frank Tagliano would do....

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

  5. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Norway is not in the EU.
  6. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    Hi guys, and thank you for the answers!

    True, Norway is not in the EU, but I'm citizen of an EU country :)

    Blekinge's MBA is free, but it's not a real MBA - they call it the "MBA programme", but the degree you're receiving is "Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Industrial management and economics" (ref: Degree -Internet MBA - Blekinge Institute of Technology - in real life )

    And why I don't do it in Norway - the online education in Norway is mainly private schools, and it's not free. The state universities are, but they don't have the 100% online studies. There is one school that has the Heriott Watt MBA, but still - if I can get MBA for the half of the money, and faster somewhere else, I'll do it.
  7. mintaru

    mintaru Active Member

    That's true! However, Norway is a member state of the The European Economic Area (EEA). That organisation comprises three of the four member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), (Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) and 27 of the 28 member states of the European Union. (The exception is the new EU member Croatia.) Membership in the EEA allows the EFTA-EEA states to participate in the EU's Internal Market without being members of the EU. Therefore, Blekinge Institute of Technology's MBA is also free for Norwegian students. Unfortunately, that degree isn't 100% online. (One of asdfkrs' requirements.)

    I could be wrong, but I think Norwegian universities do not offer 100% online MBAs.

    What exactly do you mean with "legal, accredited"? Do you mean "with institutional accreditation" (RA or equivalent) or do you mean "with professional accreditation" (AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS) The latter would be almost impossible if you only want to pay 6000 USD for an online MBA.
  8. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Consider the DL MBA at EBS at H-WU. A bit more than you want to pay, but you can pay course-by-course (about $US 1,395 per course, plus fees). You buy the courses and take the exams. It takes 9 to get the MBA.

    Self Study MBA Distance Learning Edinburgh Business School
  9. major56

    major56 Active Member

  10. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    That's true. The closest you come is MBA in Northern Norway, which is DL with meetings on-site once a month, and Executive MBAs with combination online + meetings (and they cost A LOT in world's most expencive country).

    I mean that I need MBA or M.Sc. Management that I can use further. I almost purchased MBA from the Open University of Switzerland (anyone heard of it?), but then I realised that MBA for 6 months, online, can not be real. I got even more suspicious by checking the Board of Directors in that school, chaired by a guy called Dr.Brayen (the boss with no first name!) ABMS | Leadership team | ABMS | The Open University of Switzerland

    So I guess RA for the US degrees, and valid, reasonable national accreditation for the european degrees should fit me. Doesn't need to be AMBA/EQUIS.
  11. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    Anyone knows about some 100% online MBA or Master in Management in the low-cost European countries? Like Bulgaria, Macedonia, the Baltic countries?
  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Then I guess given your parameters, what I would do if I were you is:

    1. Google to find the AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB, and ECBE web sites.
    2. Look at their lists of accredited schools in the countries that interest you.
    3. Take that list of schools and visit their sites to see which have an online MBA program.
    4. Of those that do, see whether any are in your price range.

  13. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Check out the Eastern New Mexico University MBA. It's online, and if you take no more than six credit hours per semester, you pay the in-state tuition rate. That would make your tuition $8305, but you'd only be paying for six hours at a time, or $1272 per semester. ENMU is accredited by ACBSP.

    If a DETC-accredited MBA will suit your needs and you can complete 4 courses per term, the MBA in Management at New Charter University would cost you $3,948 and you would be done in a year. The school charges a flat rate by month or by term, not by credit.
  14. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    Thank you, this one sounds really interesting! Cheap, 1 year MBA, where it's up to you to get the things done (fast or slow)!
    I'm going to call the accreditation authorities here in Norway and ask if NCU is accepted here. Thanks again!

    Any other alternatives of the same type, anyone?
  15. asdfkrs

    asdfkrs New Member

    Legal degrees in Norway

    I just found out which US degrees are officially accepted in Norway:
    Those accredited by one of the following:

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Western Association of Schools and College

    I guess that's what the Americans call for "RA degrees"
  16. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Yes, they are "RA degrees" Regional Accredited; each agency oversee each region within the United States, and sometimes extend oversea
    URL: Regional accreditation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  17. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Since Norway will only accept RA schools, your cheapest alternatives are going to be ENMU, Chadron and Wayne State.
  18. LadyExecutive

    LadyExecutive Member

    Open University.
  19. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Well-Known Member

    I have been semi-officially rejected by Quantic for their free MBA and admissions have not even been shared yet.
    Rachel, their admissions director told me that since I do not hold a degree from a '' high ranked university '' I will likely not be admitted when I asked her if I standed a good chance for admission.
    It's clear to me now. They only want students with fancy university degrees to begin with.
    Anyway, I'll move on :p
    Up to the post master's from brown school!

    Decided to withdraw my application. Not going to give them an opportunity to reject me.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2020
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  20. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Just seeing this now. I know you moved on (both to a new school and a new job), but I don't care for that comment by the interviewer at all. Athabasca is not highly ranked and they still let me in. My interviewer was very polite and respectful.

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