umaryland dual mba vs penn state mba program

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by codekiller, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. codekiller

    codekiller New Member

    I am seaching for a good mba program . I have ran across two schools that I really like but Im not sure which would be the better of the two I was wanting to get a mba and mba in technical managemet also umaryland has a dual mba program where you earn both at the same time , but penn state has a world renouned reputation in bussiness Im not sure if umaryland will get me the same results that penn state mba will but they dont offer a dual mba program. My plan was to get my bachelors degree and get my masters from a nationally ranked university. My question I guess is what would benefit me more if I where trying position myself to be considered as cio material in the future? I also would like to teach at a university in my later years if this helps. What do you think?

    My plan

    bachelors information technology done

    bachelors computer science or bussiness administration considering

    mba general studies and technical management goal

    ms information technology looking at harvard not sure

    phd infromation technology management no clue
  2. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    If you mean University of Maryland-University College (UMUC), they're not a top ranked school.
  3. codekiller

    codekiller New Member

    This is my question

    I was wondering if should get a penn state mba or dual mba from maryland ? Penn state has a world renound reputation. Maryland does not I was wondering if I should get the two mba from maryland or the one mba from penn state and which would be better to meet my career goals as previously stated. I want a mba in technical management and mba general studies. But I also want a globally respected mba and because of duke's wierd admissions policys I am looking at penn state more closely. But If I choose penn state I will only have the mba in general studies and if I want to get a degree in technical management that will be another two years where as I could get both in two years but the school doesnt have the reputation penn state has ! which would you choose and why?
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  4. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    If your goal is to earn a MBA from a prestigious school, then I would go with Penn State. UMUC is a good school, but it isn't AACSB accredited, not does it have nearly the reputation of University of Maryland-College Park.
  5. codekiller

    codekiller New Member

    Is there any other schools I should look at that could help me meet my goals? prestigous and offer dual degree options.
  6. onlinephd

    onlinephd New Member

    in my view you dont need a dual MBA , unless you have some extra $$ to give to the schools. focus on one.

    stevens institute of technology has a dual MBA and MSc Tech Mgmt but its too expensive and long.

    also in my view Penn State at $40+ is too expensive. i wold rather choose Indiana or Arizona State which are cheaper and more well known.

    in an online format mostly look at the material delivery and requirements - at the end of the day you WANT to learn the material so you could use it - not two lines on your resume.

    where you went to school is 1% of the interview discussion.
    what you did and what you know and what you can do for the firm is the other 99%.

    to get to the CIO position whether you choose Penn or UM wont matter - experience, connections and knowledge mean more.
  7. portb71

    portb71 New Member

    "penn state has a world renouned reputation in bussiness Im not sure if umaryland will get me the same results"

    According to most published rankings, the University of Maryland (Smith) MBA is ranked in the top 25 of all MBA programs in the country, higher than Penn State (Smeal).

    However, if you meant UMUC, not UMaryland, the MBA program there is completely different and notAACSB accredited.
  8. codekiller

    codekiller New Member

    University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

    the university of maryland I am referring to is University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

    Online Dual Degree Programs

    Master of Science in Technology Management/Master of Business Administration
  9. portb71

    portb71 New Member

    The "University of Maryland" is a term which applies only to the University of Maryland

    UMUC does not confer degrees from the University of Maryland.
  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    I guess the words "University of Maryland" in the name "University of Maryland-University College" don't actually exist? :rolleyes:

    Maryland can't have it both ways. If they want to exclude every school from using the term "University of Maryland" except College Park, then they need to pass legislation stating that, and re-name UMUC.
  11. portb71

    portb71 New Member

    Well Bruce, since you asked...

    Actually there is legislation that mandates that among all the undergraduate schools in the University System of Maryland, only the University of Maryland, College Park is permitted to be referred to solely as "The University of Maryland". It is the only undergraduate school in the system where the degrees say "University of Maryland" without qualification (such as "Baltimore County" or "Eastern Shore" or "University College"), unlike the UC system where separate universities in the system confer a degree that states, solely "University of California" with the actual institution (ie campus/city like LA, Berkeley, San Diego, Irvine, etc) that confers labeled in small print.

    UMUC is a totally separate school from UMD and yes, its name is "University of Maryland University College" the same way the University of California-Riverside and the University of California-Berkeley share similar system names. However, since 1989, unlike the UC system, there is no longer a UMD "system"

    Thus, to refer to UMUC solely as the "University of Maryland" is not only incorrect but is also not even accurate from a system wide perspective.

    You'd have to ask UMUC why they don't change their name. From UMCP's website:
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  12. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    I don't have to ask them, since I already know the answer.

    The term "University of Maryland" in UMUC is a huge plus when recruiting students, which means additional $$$$. Basically, the State of Maryland is pimping UMUC to make some money.

    The fact that there is state legislation limiting the use of the "University of Maryland" name just underlines the hypocrisy of the University of Maryland system. If the "University of Maryland" name is so sacred, then the Maryland Legislature should ban any use of "University of Maryland" except when referring to the College Park campus. That won't happen, of course, because UMUC is a huge cash-cow to the state government.
  13. portb71

    portb71 New Member

    I think all of what you say makes perfect sense. One clarification which should add to the hypocrisy is that the same legislation changed the UM system name to University System of Maryland in 1997. In effect, there is no branch campus system of a central University of Maryland. UMD and UMUC are simply two different universities in the same public university system.
  14. ernest72

    ernest72 New Member

  15. tcmak

    tcmak New Member


    I think it's rather clear that UMUC is not UM. I have a further question.

    I read about UM, Dearborn. They provide some DL programmes as well. What is their relation with UM, College Park, then? Are they confer a "UM" degree?

    Also, what is their reputation too? I am not able to find it in USNews university report though...
  16. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    "UM-Dearborn" is actually the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Totally different state, halfway across the country from Maryland.

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