I am a 36yo engineer working in research in a non-profit institution in Spain. I would like to do an MBA to enable me move into more strategy-oriented roles, but still closely related to research. I will stay put in Spain for the time being, but in a few years' time I would probably like to relocate ideally to an English speaking country.
I work full time and have a family, so online and blended programs are the best fit. My budget is around 20k€ (my company sponsoring another 12k€ on top). I am trying to weight my options here...
There are a few very good business schools in Spain. IE offers an online global MBA, which after scholarship and my company's contribution will still require 24k€ out of pocket; however, I get the impression that this program is oriented at younger professionals. IESE's and ESADE's programs are unaffordable. Then we have EADA's MBA which would cost around 12k€ after my company's contribution - but its prestige is much lower than that of IE.
I have also been checking out online MBAs from good universities within my budget. Boston, Bradford, Illinois, Open University, all seem to offer well-rounded degrees, some of them with sporadic in-person sessions (which would be nice to attend!). I have also seen that the Open University offers an MBA in technology management, which sounds very interesting for my profile.
So the way I am looking at it is that one of these US/UK MBAs will give me a solid teaching quality, and a good name brand on my CV at a fraction of the cost. I know I would be missing out on the networking. I would like to hear some opinions about this aspect - my job is in a highly specialized industry, so I don't think the "networking" that expensive business schools offer is going to make a big difference in my case. And I think that having a US/UK brand on my CV will add more value to my profile (and more opportunities to relocate) than a less prestigious school such as EADA.
Any thoughts or comments will be highly appreciated!
[Edited by cae86 on Sep 10, 2022]