First off a big thanks to all the folks who make this a vibrant and useful forum! I've already spent hours reading past posts - I'll even admit to laughing out loud when 'bogus schools' are uncovered and commented upon :-)
I dropped out of university when I was 18. For the past 10+ years, I have been very focussed on building a successful marketing career and am now at senior management level (director). I passed a (single) award from the CIM in the UK in 2016 and really enjoyed this academic experience. As I am now looking to progress my career further (potential country move and/or aiming for executive level), I have been considering an MBA. My budget for tuition in the UK is £25k or elsewhere in Europe Eur15k. I'd like to know if my plans are realistic and if I'm headed in the right direction.
So far here are the MBAs I have preselected, with my reasoning:
+ Alliance MBS blended MBA: this is probably the most awesome program on the list. Realistic?
+ Kingston: double accreditation, one year program.. so great, but this being from an actual Uni, will they be any more strict than other business schools on the entry requirements?
+ Westminster: good reputation (including on this forum! :-) one year program and same question as Kingston, worried about the entry criteria
+ Brunel: same as Westminster
+ UC3M: a year in Spain would be an interesting global facet added to my profile + this is very affordable but will they consider me?
+ MIB: same as UC3M (but not low cost of course)
If none of the above plans works I will then consider:
+ QMUL: the online course seems appealing and I would aim to complete in 18 months but I am VERY worried about the lack of international accreditations -- is this one a definite no go on this basis?
+ Durham online: Worried about the 2-year timeframe it takes to complete but apart from that this seems pretty good.
I would still be happy with any of the two above - The education paragraph on my CV would jump from 'no qualification' to MBA, but I fear that online learning misses out on the MBA experience.
My next steps are prep and take a GMAT assessment, just so I know where I stand in this regard... and then start applying on my short list.
Questions: Do I stand reasonable chances to be admitted to the above schools without a prior degree but some great experience? If so are the above choices a good selection based on my budget?
Many thanks for all the comments!
[Edited by Cotall on Feb 06, 2018]