Nebraska(Lincoln), UMass(Isenberg) or Lehigh?


RobertoG83

Hi everyone, my name is Roberto and i am a graduate from Italy.
I'd like to complete my studies with an MBA Degree, possibly in English, so i cut most of the italian schools.
I'm starting to consider a distance learning program and i found these three very interesting:

- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- University of Massachussets - Amherst, Isenberg
- Lehigh University

They all are AACSB International accredited.
They got my attention either for the overall reviews/rankings and for the realatively affordable tuitions (about 30k for the entire program).
I have some concerns about whether is more important the program itself or the school that provides it.
For example: Nebraska Online MBA is in the top 20 in almost every ranking and beats the other two, but overall the University is out of the top #100, while UMass makes it and Lehigh is even in the top #50.
My undergraduate GPA is 3.75 and i scored 97 in the iBT TOEFL (only Lehigh requires a minimum of 100, but i can take it again).
As for the GMAT, i'm preparing to take it, the average of these three programs is between 580-620.
Anyone has informations, experiences or opinions on these schools/programs?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

Roberto

Hi everyone, my name is Roberto and i am a graduate from Italy.
I'd like to complete my studies with an MBA Degree, possibly in English, so i cut most of the italian schools.
I'm starting to consider a distance learning program and i found these three very interesting:

- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- University of Massachussets - Amherst, Isenberg
- Lehigh University

They all are AACSB International accredited.
They got my attention either for the overall reviews/rankings and for the realatively affordable tuitions (about 30k for the entire program).
I have some concerns about whether is more important the program itself or the school that provides it.
For example: Nebraska Online MBA is in the top 20 in almost every ranking and beats the other two, but overall the University is out of the top #100, while UMass makes it and Lehigh is even in the top #50.
My undergraduate GPA is 3.75 and i scored 97 in the iBT TOEFL (only Lehigh requires a minimum of 100, but i can take it again).
As for the GMAT, i'm preparing to take it, the average of these three programs is between 580-620.
Anyone has informations, experiences or opinions on these schools/programs?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

Roberto
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Duncan

UMass is certainly the better brand, and the delivery of the program is also better. I don't really understand why you are not looking at better schools, like Durham, Warwick or the Illinois-Coursera iMBA. If you are in Italy, I would also look at the Iowa program at CIMBA and the Euro*MBA.

UMass is certainly the better brand, and the delivery of the program is also better. I don't really understand why you are not looking at better schools, like Durham, Warwick or the Illinois-Coursera iMBA. If you are in Italy, I would also look at the Iowa program at CIMBA and the Euro*MBA.
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RobertoG83

I looked all the ones you mentioned, except for coursera, but the problem with them, and also with top italian schools as Bocconi, is that they are AMBA accredited, which means they require 3 years of professional management-related work, which i don't have.
I will take a look at the Illinois one, thanks!
Also, among the rankers (qs, financial times, forbes, usnews.com, princeton reviews) which are the most reliable?

I looked all the ones you mentioned, except for coursera, but the problem with them, and also with top italian schools as Bocconi, is that they are AMBA accredited, which means they require 3 years of professional management-related work, which i don't have.
I will take a look at the Illinois one, thanks!
Also, among the rankers (qs, financial times, forbes, usnews.com, princeton reviews) which are the most reliable?
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Duncan

I think only the FT ranks online MBA degrees, so that. Cimba is not AmBA accredited.

I think only the FT ranks online MBA degrees, so that. Cimba is not AmBA accredited.
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RobertoG83

Thank you Duncan for your advices.
While i'm preparing for the GMAT i'm wondering which option is better for me.
I come from a totally different field from Busines (Exercise Sciences/Kinesiology),and even though i have some work experience, in retail/sales fields, it doesn't make more than two years post graduation.
I want to change my career, focusing on Business, Finance, Management and i want to have the chance to control my schedule (therefore an online degree): maybe a MSc would be a better option for my profile, it will give me a professional education, the basics to improve my job situation, and maybe take an MBA later in my career.
I was looking at the Online MSc in Finance @PennState-Worldcampus, i like the program, the fact that PennState is a good ranked school, the one week on campus residency to meet your classmates and the fact that it is considerably affordable (30k for the entire program).
Hope i made my thoughts clear, what do you think of my reasoning? What do you think about the MScFinance program, and about PennState?

[Edited by RobertoG83 on Dec 06, 2016]

Thank you Duncan for your advices.
While i'm preparing for the GMAT i'm wondering which option is better for me.
I come from a totally different field from Busines (Exercise Sciences/Kinesiology),and even though i have some work experience, in retail/sales fields, it doesn't make more than two years post graduation.
I want to change my career, focusing on Business, Finance, Management and i want to have the chance to control my schedule (therefore an online degree): maybe a MSc would be a better option for my profile, it will give me a professional education, the basics to improve my job situation, and maybe take an MBA later in my career.
I was looking at the Online MSc in Finance @PennState-Worldcampus, i like the program, the fact that PennState is a good ranked school, the one week on campus residency to meet your classmates and the fact that it is considerably affordable (30k for the entire program).
Hope i made my thoughts clear, what do you think of my reasoning? What do you think about the MScFinance program, and about PennState?
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Duncan

If you want to work in Europe, study here. Use the FT rankings. No point taking Penn State to work here.

If you want to work in Europe, study here. Use the FT rankings. No point taking Penn State to work here.
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