Best Online MBA in the US


Hello board members,

I am trying to decide which online MBA I should do. I'm looking at the following schools:

UNC
Arizona State
Indian University
Washington State

If I tier them based on cost, UNC would be most expensive, then IU and ASU, and Washington is the least expensive.

So I'm leaning toward ASU or IU, because they're relatively affordable but seem to have good reputations.

Just wondering what people thought of these schools, especially if it's worth it to invest more for the UNC program.

Thanks.
Hello board members,

I am trying to decide which online MBA I should do. I'm looking at the following schools:

UNC
Arizona State
Indian University
Washington State

If I tier them based on cost, UNC would be most expensive, then IU and ASU, and Washington is the least expensive.

So I'm leaning toward ASU or IU, because they're relatively affordable but seem to have good reputations.

Just wondering what people thought of these schools, especially if it's worth it to invest more for the UNC program.

Thanks.
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Duncan
This depends on your goals.
This depends on your goals.
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Sparks
Amongst other sources, the US News ranking of online MBAs might be one helpful source of info:
www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba/rankings?int=da9048

Good luck!
Amongst other sources, the US News ranking of online MBAs might be one helpful source of info:
www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba/rankings?int=da9048

Good luck!
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mba hipste...
I don't know about these US News rankings: they're based on self-reported surveys and peer reviews. What about quantifying the results? How do these MBA programs affect careers, concretely?

It's strange to me how this list "ranks" James Madison, which only offers an ultra-focused MBA program online, in the top 10, but I can't even find UNC or Carnegie Mellon in the top 50.
I don't know about these US News rankings: they're based on self-reported surveys and peer reviews. What about quantifying the results? How do these MBA programs affect careers, concretely?

It's strange to me how this list "ranks" James Madison, which only offers an ultra-focused MBA program online, in the top 10, but I can't even find UNC or Carnegie Mellon in the top 50.
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Interesting - are there any rankings that list these schools based on ROI, or some other quantifiable factor? I can't seem to find anything that's like the FT Global rankings.
Interesting - are there any rankings that list these schools based on ROI, or some other quantifiable factor? I can't seem to find anything that's like the FT Global rankings.
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Hi board members, I need your candid opinion in choosing the MBA that fits my circumstance. I am a co director in a young Pharmaceutical company in Nigeria with 8 field force members and I'm in search of new ways to increase their productivity while equally needing fresh ideas for new start ups and possibly a career change(keeping my options open).

I am low on funds and would prefer an affordable MBA that equally has good accreditation. I've scoured the net quite we'll and discovered that most MBA's with AASCB, AMBA accreditations are quite pricey. Even CIIM in Cyprus that I thought might be affordable CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketingis also pricey at ?16,080/annum.

Incidentally, I ran into
the MBA at the Cyprus institute of marketing that offers a dual degree in MSc strategic management with the following courses-1. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
2. MANAGING CHANGE
3. EXECUTIVE SKILLS
4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & e-BUSINESS
5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
6. RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGERS
7. GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
8. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

And EMBA in marketing strategies (this is awarded by the Scandinavian Arts and Business Institute SABI) with d following courses-CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketing
@ a total tuition of just ?4,750 for a one year online program.
The recognition the institute enjoys are UK NARIC, UK BAC, EDEN, EAIE, NIBS etc but not AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA.

Would be glad to know if this is a good choice for me considering my circumstance above. Will be glad to get all shades of opinion including better options w good tuition offers. Duncan, I will be glad if you can add your opinion. Thanx
Hi board members, I need your candid opinion in choosing the MBA that fits my circumstance. I am a co director in a young Pharmaceutical company in Nigeria with 8 field force members and I'm in search of new ways to increase their productivity while equally needing fresh ideas for new start ups and possibly a career change(keeping my options open).

I am low on funds and would prefer an affordable MBA that equally has good accreditation. I've scoured the net quite we'll and discovered that most MBA's with AASCB, AMBA accreditations are quite pricey. Even CIIM in Cyprus that I thought might be affordable CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketingis also pricey at ?16,080/annum.

Incidentally, I ran into
the MBA at the Cyprus institute of marketing that offers a dual degree in MSc strategic management with the following courses-1. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
2. MANAGING CHANGE
3. EXECUTIVE SKILLS
4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & e-BUSINESS
5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
6. RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGERS
7. GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
8. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

And EMBA in marketing strategies (this is awarded by the Scandinavian Arts and Business Institute SABI) with d following courses-CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketing
@ a total tuition of just ?4,750 for a one year online program.
The recognition the institute enjoys are UK NARIC, UK BAC, EDEN, EAIE, NIBS etc but not AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA.

Would be glad to know if this is a good choice for me considering my circumstance above. Will be glad to get all shades of opinion including better options w good tuition offers. Duncan, I will be glad if you can add your opinion. Thanx
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Pls disregard my earlier post. Don't know what happened but this is the real thing.

Hi board members, I need your candid opinion in choosing the MBA that fits my circumstance. I am a co director in a young Pharmaceutical company in Nigeria with 8 field force members and I'm in search of new ways to increase their productivity while equally needing fresh ideas for new start ups and possibly a career change(keeping my options open).

I am low on funds and would prefer an affordable MBA that equally has good accreditation. I've scoured the net quite we'll and discovered that most MBA's with AASCB, AMBA accreditations are quite pricey. Even CIIM in Cyprus that I thought might be affordable Is also pricey at ?16,080/annum.

Incidentally, I ran into the MBA at the Cyprus institute of marketing that offers a dual degree in MSc strategic management with the following courses-1. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
2. MANAGING CHANGE
3. EXECUTIVE SKILLS
4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & e-BUSINESS
5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
6. RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGERS
7. GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
8. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

And EMBA in marketing strategies (this is awarded by the Scandinavian Arts and Business Institute SABI) with d following courses-CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketing
@ a total tuition of just ?4,750 for a one year online program.
The recognition the institute enjoys are UK NARIC, UK BAC, EDEN, EAIE, NIBS etc but not AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA.

Would be glad to know if this is a good choice for me considering my circumstance above. Will be glad to get all shades of opinion including better options w good tuition offers. Duncan, I will be glad if you can add your opinion. Thanx
Pls disregard my earlier post. Don't know what happened but this is the real thing.

Hi board members, I need your candid opinion in choosing the MBA that fits my circumstance. I am a co director in a young Pharmaceutical company in Nigeria with 8 field force members and I'm in search of new ways to increase their productivity while equally needing fresh ideas for new start ups and possibly a career change(keeping my options open).

I am low on funds and would prefer an affordable MBA that equally has good accreditation. I've scoured the net quite we'll and discovered that most MBA's with AASCB, AMBA accreditations are quite pricey. Even CIIM in Cyprus that I thought might be affordable Is also pricey at ?16,080/annum.

Incidentally, I ran into the MBA at the Cyprus institute of marketing that offers a dual degree in MSc strategic management with the following courses-1. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
2. MANAGING CHANGE
3. EXECUTIVE SKILLS
4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & e-BUSINESS
5. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
6. RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGERS
7. GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGIES
8. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

And EMBA in marketing strategies (this is awarded by the Scandinavian Arts and Business Institute SABI) with d following courses-CORE COMPULSORY COURSES
1. ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
2. BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
3. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Other subjects include:
1. Global Marketing Strategies
2. Marketing Planning & Control
3. Marketing Communications
4. Public Relations & Advertising
5. Information Technology
6. Marketing of Services
7. Practice of Marketing
@ a total tuition of just ?4,750 for a one year online program.
The recognition the institute enjoys are UK NARIC, UK BAC, EDEN, EAIE, NIBS etc but not AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA.

Would be glad to know if this is a good choice for me considering my circumstance above. Will be glad to get all shades of opinion including better options w good tuition offers. Duncan, I will be glad if you can add your opinion. Thanx
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Duncan
I don't think those are good options. Lagos Business School is the obvious choice, isn't it? If you want a distance learning programme with the right academic content, then take the LSE's BSc or graduate diploma: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/diploma-graduates/lse/diploma-graduates-management .
I don't think those are good options. Lagos Business School is the obvious choice, isn't it? If you want a distance learning programme with the right academic content, then take the LSE's BSc or graduate diploma: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/diploma-graduates/lse/diploma-graduates-management .
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Sparks
Interesting - are there any rankings that list these schools based on ROI ...


I don't take a huge amount of notice of ROI, because lots of factors can skew it. For example:
- If entrants are early in their career, with limited work experience, their salary increase post-MBA is likely to be higher because they're starting from a lower base. Whereas if entrants are more experienced with concomitant higher pre-MBA salaries, the % salary increase post-MBA is likely to be lower. Yet the more experienced MBA cohort may get more out of their MBA, because the peer-to-peer learning will be greater.
- If a lot of students come from developing countries, but work in the US/Europe post-MBA, then the school's % salary increase will be high.

These factors may be more relevant to full time MBA programmes, but I wonder how many people change job after completing a distance learning MBA.
<blockquote>Interesting - are there any rankings that list these schools based on ROI ...</blockquote>

I don't take a huge amount of notice of ROI, because lots of factors can skew it. For example:
- If entrants are early in their career, with limited work experience, their salary increase post-MBA is likely to be higher because they're starting from a lower base. Whereas if entrants are more experienced with concomitant higher pre-MBA salaries, the % salary increase post-MBA is likely to be lower. Yet the more experienced MBA cohort may get more out of their MBA, because the peer-to-peer learning will be greater.
- If a lot of students come from developing countries, but work in the US/Europe post-MBA, then the school's % salary increase will be high.

These factors may be more relevant to full time MBA programmes, but I wonder how many people change job after completing a distance learning MBA.

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Duncan, thanx for your opinion about my quest for an affordable and reputable Business School.
Lagos business school is good quite ok but I've got the challenge of not living in Lagos hence an online program will be most suited for me. Looked through the LSE link you sent but the diploma is not what I'm looking for coz I already have a PGD in management. An MBA will best serve my purpose. Decision making is so tough when one is low on budget. Very open to more suggestions.
Duncan, thanx for your opinion about my quest for an affordable and reputable Business School.
Lagos business school is good quite ok but I've got the challenge of not living in Lagos hence an online program will be most suited for me. Looked through the LSE link you sent but the diploma is not what I'm looking for coz I already have a PGD in management. An MBA will best serve my purpose. Decision making is so tough when one is low on budget. Very open to more suggestions.
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I don't take a huge amount of notice of ROI, because lots of factors can skew it. For example:
- If entrants are early in their career, with limited work experience, their salary increase post-MBA is likely to be higher because they're starting from a lower base. Whereas if entrants are more experienced with concomitant higher pre-MBA salaries, the % salary increase post-MBA is likely to be lower. Yet the more experienced MBA cohort may get more out of their MBA, because the peer-to-peer learning will be greater.
- If a lot of students come from developing countries, but work in the US/Europe post-MBA, then the school's % salary increase will be high.

These factors may be more relevant to full time MBA programmes, but I wonder how many people change job after completing a distance learning MBA.


Thanks for this. What I was interested in is if the higher-caliber distance learning MBA programs could substitute for an in class full time program. I'm coming to the conclusion that the answer is no, and it's because of the last thing you mentioned - that a lot of people may not want to change jobs after their online MBA.
<blockquote>I don't take a huge amount of notice of ROI, because lots of factors can skew it. For example:
- If entrants are early in their career, with limited work experience, their salary increase post-MBA is likely to be higher because they're starting from a lower base. Whereas if entrants are more experienced with concomitant higher pre-MBA salaries, the % salary increase post-MBA is likely to be lower. Yet the more experienced MBA cohort may get more out of their MBA, because the peer-to-peer learning will be greater.
- If a lot of students come from developing countries, but work in the US/Europe post-MBA, then the school's % salary increase will be high.

These factors may be more relevant to full time MBA programmes, but I wonder how many people change job after completing a distance learning MBA.

</blockquote>
Thanks for this. What I was interested in is if the higher-caliber distance learning MBA programs could substitute for an in class full time program. I'm coming to the conclusion that the answer is no, and it's because of the last thing you mentioned - that a lot of people may not want to change jobs after their online MBA.
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Hello board members,
I am trying to decide which online MBA I should do. I'm looking at the following schools:
UNC
Arizona State
Indian University
Washington State
If I tier them based on cost, UNC would be most expensive, then IU and ASU, and Washington is the least expensive.
So I'm leaning toward ASU or IU, because they're relatively affordable but seem to have good reputations.
Just wondering what people thought of these schools, especially if it's worth it to invest more for the UNC program.
Thanks.

Even I have decided to an online MBA from a US business school. Which of these is the best one? And can I get a post-study visa to work in the US after the MBA?
[quote]Hello board members,
I am trying to decide which online MBA I should do. I'm looking at the following schools:
UNC
Arizona State
Indian University
Washington State
If I tier them based on cost, UNC would be most expensive, then IU and ASU, and Washington is the least expensive.
So I'm leaning toward ASU or IU, because they're relatively affordable but seem to have good reputations.
Just wondering what people thought of these schools, especially if it's worth it to invest more for the UNC program.
Thanks.[/quote]
Even I have decided to an online MBA from a US business school. Which of these is the best one? And can I get a post-study visa to work in the US after the MBA?
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Duncan
No, you can't get a post-study visa to work in the US after the MBA.
No, you can't get a post-study visa to work in the US after the MBA.
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