Value alternatives to unaccredited MBAs?


Duncan
High-quality, low-budget, alternatives to triple-crown MBAs have never been better. However, the industrial effort employed in marketing below-average, for-profit schools has never been more effective at concealing them. In this thread, I'd love to pool our ideas about the best-value alternatives at different price points.

Naturally, none of these are better investments than an excellent MBA. A high-quality MBA will increase your lifetime earnings by a huge amount, equal to many years' earnings. Sadly, not everyone is able to make that investment, and many of whose who are able are not prepared to take the risk.

I think the cheapest triple-crown distance learning MBAs are around $20k to $25k. The weakening pound means that British schools seem discounted, with Aston, Bradford, the Open University, Oxford Brookes and RGU around $22k. Illinois's iMBA and Wisconsin's Web MBA are arguably better designed and great value. However, there's a wide range of price-points below there.

Sadly, most people don't realise that an MBA from a terrible school, lacking any respected international accreditation, is worse than an alternative business education from a better school, both in terms of educational value and value perception by the most desirable employers. People get seduced by glamourous-sounding foreign schools, many of which are almost unknown in the institution's supposed home city.

Below are some of the better alternatives I know to an unaccredited MBA at a few price points.
- c. £0 A Coursera specialization https://www.coursera.org/browse/business?facets=skillNameMultiTag%2CjobTitleMultiTag%2CdifficultyLevelTag%2Clanguages%2CentityTypeTag%3ASpecializations%2CpartnerMultiTag%3AUniversity+of+Illinois+at+Urbana-Champaign%2CcategoryMultiTag%3Abusiness%2CsubcategoryMultiTag&sortField=
- c. £1000 The Maryland MBA Micromasters https://www.edx.org/micromasters/USMx-UMD-MBA-Core-Curriculum
- c. £2000 the University of the People MBA https://www.uopeople.edu/programs/ba/degrees/master-of-business-administration/
- c. £3000 LSE graduate-entry BSc in management http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/uolip/programmes#Bsc_standard
- . £9000 AACSB-accredited MBA at Missouri State https://outreach.missouristate.edu/online/master-of-business-administration.htm

PS Which schools should I add to this list? Are any of these options less costly in your country?

[Edited by Duncan on Sep 25, 2019]

High-quality, low-budget, alternatives to triple-crown MBAs have never been better. However, the industrial effort employed in marketing below-average, for-profit schools has never been more effective at concealing them. In this thread, I'd love to pool our ideas about the best-value alternatives at different price points.

Naturally, none of these are better investments than an excellent MBA. A high-quality MBA will increase your lifetime earnings by a huge amount, equal to many years' earnings. Sadly, not everyone is able to make that investment, and many of whose who are able are not prepared to take the risk.

I think the cheapest triple-crown distance learning MBAs are around $20k to $25k. The weakening pound means that British schools seem discounted, with Aston, Bradford, the Open University, Oxford Brookes and RGU around $22k. Illinois's iMBA and Wisconsin's Web MBA are arguably better designed and great value. However, there's a wide range of price-points below there.

Sadly, most people don't realise that an MBA from a terrible school, lacking any respected international accreditation, is worse than an alternative business education from a better school, both in terms of educational value and value perception by the most desirable employers. People get seduced by glamourous-sounding foreign schools, many of which are almost unknown in the institution's supposed home city.

Below are some of the better alternatives I know to an unaccredited MBA at a few price points.
- c. £0 A Coursera specialization https://www.coursera.org/browse/business?facets=skillNameMultiTag%2CjobTitleMultiTag%2CdifficultyLevelTag%2Clanguages%2CentityTypeTag%3ASpecializations%2CpartnerMultiTag%3AUniversity+of+Illinois+at+Urbana-Champaign%2CcategoryMultiTag%3Abusiness%2CsubcategoryMultiTag&sortField=
- c. £1000 The Maryland MBA Micromasters https://www.edx.org/micromasters/USMx-UMD-MBA-Core-Curriculum
- c. £2000 the University of the People MBA https://www.uopeople.edu/programs/ba/degrees/master-of-business-administration/
- c. £3000 LSE graduate-entry BSc in management http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/uolip/programmes#Bsc_standard
- . £9000 AACSB-accredited MBA at Missouri State https://outreach.missouristate.edu/online/master-of-business-administration.htm

PS Which schools should I add to this list? Are any of these options less costly in your country?
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mba hipste...
Very useful information, thanks Duncan.
Very useful information, thanks Duncan.
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George Pat...
-IAE Nancy (university of Lorraine) offers MBA (MAE 2) for £4000 (in French language)
http://iae-nancy.univ-lorraine.fr/formation-continue-enseignement-distance/lenseignement-distance

-Open University of Cyprus offers MBA for £4800 (in English)
http://www.ouc.ac.cy/web/guest/s3/progrspoudon/de/description

Although they don't have one of the three international accreditations they both are very much recognised in their respective countries (the equivalent of the "regional accreditation" in the US).

-There are also finish polytechnics (Universities of applied sciences) that offer MBAs for free for europeans, although some of them need meetings in finland.

-French Masters in Computing. For example from Université de Franche-Comté cost 700e for the whole masters, it is great value for those that know French. example: http://ctu.univ-fcomte.fr/en/master-i2a
I know it is not management related but the price seemed worth mentioning in Alternatives! Not many MSc out there for this price! Many MScs in france are very cheap. Universite de bordeaux also has a MIAGE one to check out

[Edited by George Patsoulis on Oct 10, 2019]

-IAE Nancy (university of Lorraine) offers MBA (MAE 2) for £4000 (in French language)
http://iae-nancy.univ-lorraine.fr/formation-continue-enseignement-distance/lenseignement-distance

-Open University of Cyprus offers MBA for £4800 (in English)
http://www.ouc.ac.cy/web/guest/s3/progrspoudon/de/description

Although they don't have one of the three international accreditations they both are very much recognised in their respective countries (the equivalent of the "regional accreditation" in the US).

-There are also finish polytechnics (Universities of applied sciences) that offer MBAs for free for europeans, although some of them need meetings in finland.

-French Masters in Computing. For example from Université de Franche-Comté cost 700e for the whole masters, it is great value for those that know French. example: http://ctu.univ-fcomte.fr/en/master-i2a
I know it is not management related but the price seemed worth mentioning in Alternatives! Not many MSc out there for this price! Many MScs in france are very cheap. Universite de bordeaux also has a MIAGE one to check out
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