Which online mba is the best for me?


Amira E

Please help me choose the right MBA based on the below information.

1- I work in business but my bachelors degree isn't business related. I am PMP certified and have 3 certificates of specialization from Harvard Business School.

2- I am originally from Egypt and work in Abu- Dhabi (UAE) in strategic planning and performance field with 19+ years of experience in the government sector.

My goal is to work in a strategy or business development consultancy position in a semi-government, oil-gas, or multinational companies in the UAE which require a masters degree due to the very competitive environment in these companies.

3- I don't have experience in a managerial position since managerial positions are only for UAE nationals in the government sector.

The options aligned with my budget:
a) - Bradford
b)- Heriot Watt
c)- Boston
d) - Liverpool
e)- Hult ( slightly higher than my budget)

3- I went through the linked-in analysis of these universities Alumni in Abu Dhabi , I found out the following alumni working in Abu Dhabi numbers:
1) Heriot Watt: 1,218
2) Liverpool: 361
3) Boston: 202
4) Hult: 182
5) Bradford: 128

I also went through the analysis of the MBA holders working in one of the main target sectors, the analysis show the following in ascending order:
1) Heriot Watt (13)
2) Hult (9)
3) Liverpool (4)
4) Boston (1)
5) Bradford (0)

I also went through the analysis of which of the mentioned universities had the highest graduates in the strategy, business development, and consultancy positions (regardless of the country), the order of the universities was as follow (ascending order):
1) Heriot Watt ( SP: 0 & BD: 14,686 & Con: 3,359) / 1,280 BD positions and199 co. positions in the UAE.
2) Boston ( SP: 25 & BD: 8,985 & Con: 6,174) / No consultancy positions show in the UAE
3) Liverpool (BD: 4,725 & Co: 4,140) / 15 co positions, 68 SP, and 50 BD positions in the UAE
4) Hult ( SP: 70 & BD: 2,189 & CO: 1,059)
5) Bradford (SP: 66 / Co. 5)

I know that Heriot Watt is not accredited, however, it is recognized in both the UAE and Egypt. It is also the cheapest option among all. I also got exempted from the project management module because I am a PMP holder.

I've excluded Heriot Watt from my options earlier due to lack of accreditation, however, I am thinking of re-considering it based on the above analysis.

Please help me take the decision based on the goals and analysis above

Please help me choose the right MBA based on the below information.

1- I work in business but my bachelors degree isn't business related. I am PMP certified and have 3 certificates of specialization from Harvard Business School.

2- I am originally from Egypt and work in Abu- Dhabi (UAE) in strategic planning and performance field with 19+ years of experience in the government sector.

My goal is to work in a strategy or business development consultancy position in a semi-government, oil-gas, or multinational companies in the UAE which require a masters degree due to the very competitive environment in these companies.

3- I don't have experience in a managerial position since managerial positions are only for UAE nationals in the government sector.

The options aligned with my budget:
a) - Bradford
b)- Heriot Watt
c)- Boston
d) - Liverpool
e)- Hult ( slightly higher than my budget)

3- I went through the linked-in analysis of these universities Alumni in Abu Dhabi , I found out the following alumni working in Abu Dhabi numbers:
1) Heriot Watt: 1,218
2) Liverpool: 361
3) Boston: 202
4) Hult: 182
5) Bradford: 128

I also went through the analysis of the MBA holders working in one of the main target sectors, the analysis show the following in ascending order:
1) Heriot Watt (13)
2) Hult (9)
3) Liverpool (4)
4) Boston (1)
5) Bradford (0)

I also went through the analysis of which of the mentioned universities had the highest graduates in the strategy, business development, and consultancy positions (regardless of the country), the order of the universities was as follow (ascending order):
1) Heriot Watt ( SP: 0 & BD: 14,686 & Con: 3,359) / 1,280 BD positions and199 co. positions in the UAE.
2) Boston ( SP: 25 & BD: 8,985 & Con: 6,174) / No consultancy positions show in the UAE
3) Liverpool (BD: 4,725 & Co: 4,140) / 15 co positions, 68 SP, and 50 BD positions in the UAE
4) Hult ( SP: 70 & BD: 2,189 & CO: 1,059)
5) Bradford (SP: 66 / Co. 5)

I know that Heriot Watt is not accredited, however, it is recognized in both the UAE and Egypt. It is also the cheapest option among all. I also got exempted from the project management module because I am a PMP holder.

I've excluded Heriot Watt from my options earlier due to lack of accreditation, however, I am thinking of re-considering it based on the above analysis.

Please help me take the decision based on the goals and analysis above
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Duncan

There are two pools of employers available to you: firms that are large scale hirers from the ranked business schools, and the others. HW is a good choice for those others. For the global MBA recruiters, you probably need to go above Hult.

There are two pools of employers available to you: firms that are large scale hirers from the ranked business schools, and the others. HW is a good choice for those others. For the global MBA recruiters, you probably need to go above Hult.
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Amira E

Many thanks Duncan for your response. I really appreciate it. 

What do you recommend? What is a good option for the global MBA with reasonable fees? 

If I couldn’t exceed the budget of the above universities, which one is the best among the above options? 

Another question please, what is the difference between the global MBA and the general MBA when it comes to employment? 

Thanks once again 

Many thanks Duncan for your response. I really appreciate it.&nbsp;<br><br>What do you recommend? What is a good option for the global MBA with reasonable fees?&nbsp;<br><br>If I couldn’t exceed the budget of the above universities, which one is the best among the above options?&nbsp;<br><br>Another question please, what is the difference between the global MBA and the general MBA when it comes to employment?&nbsp;<br><br>Thanks once again&nbsp;
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Duncan

Do the same analysis as before but narrow your focus to the most likely role, industry and location.

Global MBA and general MBA don't have a very consistent meaning.

Do the same analysis as before but narrow your focus to the most likely role, industry and location.

Global MBA and general MBA don't have a very consistent meaning.
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Amira E

Thanks for your reply Duncan.

I will do and will inform you about the results.

Thanks once again 

Thanks for your reply Duncan.<br><br>I will do and will inform you about the results.<br><br>Thanks once again&nbsp;
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Duncan

I have worked with a few clients in the UAE and they give me the impression that networking power is really important. Naturally, the best options in the UAE are INSEAD and LBS. Looking at the other options, I would look at the options with face-to-face classes in the UAE (Bayes, Bradford, UoDubai, Hult, IMT, Manchester, Middlesex, SPJain, Strathclyde etc) before the online-only options.

I have worked with a few clients in the UAE and they give me the impression that networking power is really important. Naturally, the best options in the UAE are INSEAD and LBS. Looking at the other options, I would look at the options with face-to-face classes in the UAE (Bayes, Bradford, UoDubai, Hult, IMT, Manchester, Middlesex, SPJain, Strathclyde etc) before the online-only options.
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Duncan

Also, if employers seek candidates with a master's degree, an MSc at a better school could be a better way to use a limited budget than a more costly MBA at a worse school.

Also, if employers seek candidates with a master's degree, an MSc at a better school could be a better way to use a limited budget than a more costly MBA at a worse school.
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Amira E

Can’t agree more! Networking power here is very important 

This is really helpful.. Many thanks Duncan for your insights.

Can’t agree more! Networking power here is very important&nbsp;<br><br>This is really helpful.. Many thanks Duncan for your insights.
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Amira E

Also, if employers seek candidates with a master's degree, an MSc at a better school could be a better way to use a limited budget than a more costly MBA at a worse school.
any recommendations of a good MSc?

[quote]Also, if employers seek candidates with a master's degree, an MSc at a better school could be a better way to use a limited budget than a more costly MBA at a worse school. [/quote] any recommendations of a good MSc?
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Duncan

Just look at those schools and see what they offer on campus.

Just look at those schools and see what they offer on campus.
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