Need advice on how to choose online MBA

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  1. gfunk15

    gfunk15 New Member

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    Hi,
    First time posting here... I am investigating online MBA programs. I have a family and am in my late 30s. I can't afford to not work while getting an MBA therefore I am fairly committed to the online MBA track.

    I need advice on whether I should choose a state university school or go with a "lesser known" school. I have an undergrad in Accounting and 3.5 GPA from the University of Washington. I have been in the workforce for 15 years and am a financial analyst at my core.

    I am able to get some GMAT waivers from some state universities such as Colorado State and possibly Temple, UMass, and Utah. Alternatively I could start with a school such as DeVry's Keller School, Walden Univ., Norwich, Colorado Technical, or Grand Canyon as examples that don't require a GMAT.

    At the end of the day I want to (A) learn as much as I can, (B) get a broad experience (no concentration), (C) get entrepreneurship classes (I'd like to own my own business), (D) complete it in less than 2 years, and (E) have the MBA credentials without breaking my bank (eg: less than $60K).

    Any advice and comments would be MUCH APPRECIATED!!! Thanks :)
     
  2. Gabe F.

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    Based on your criteria, here's one of the best options I can possibly think of:

    Southeastern Oklahoma State University - John Massey School of Business

    Cost: Less than $12k

    GMAT: Not required

    Accreditation: Holds AACSB accreditation - the so-called "gold standard" of business school accreditation.

    Concentrations: You can obtain a General MBA or select a concentration in Entrepreneurship (or a bunch of others in case you change your mind)

    Link: Online Programs | Southeastern Oklahoma State University
     
  3. SteveFoerster

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    Even if you're going online, there are decently regarded programs available. There's no need to end up at DeVry, Walden, Colorado Technical, or Grand Canyon.
     
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    I'm with Steve on this one, whatever you do stay away from DeVry 's Keller School, Walden Univ., Norwich , Colorado Technical, or Grand Canyon. There are far, far better alternatives than these schools.
     
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    Thank you all! I appreciate the advice on staying away from non AACSB schools such as those listed.

    My short list includes:
    - Temple
    - UMass
    - Colorado State
    - SE Oklahoma State
    - Xavier (?)
    - Nebraska (?)

    What other AACSB schools would people recommend where I could get a GMAT waiver?
     
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    My opinion, for what it's worth, is that it's a mistake to choose a grad school based on whether you have to take the GMAT or not.
     
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    I understand and appreciate that comment, and it's not the greatest differentiator, but there are so many options! Anyone have recommendations on what the best school is that costs less than ~$30K?
     
  8. SteveFoerster

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    Amen, sister! I've never understood why people are willing to limit their options so much based on this one inconvenience. Ditto the GRE, of course.
     
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    It's best to choose a school from a SMALL list rather than from a BIG list of schools, as it's more known in your state or area of residence.
    You already have a list above, you can choose from that list... otherwise, you're just not going to get started thinking there's more schools out there for the price, recognition, accreditation, etc. Find a few you have heard of and in your price range and break it down to the final 3 to pick from.
    If you're wanting to grow your list to choose from, you'll have a hard time picking the right one... and time is $.
     
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