1-year non-intensive MBA?


Henrik-
Hello everyone

I'm a Norwegian guy aged 29 and I've been working for 4 years. My education is a BS in economics and a MS in supply chain management.

I've always wanted to study abroad, especially in the US, but I never got to it.

Now, I want to live out my study-abroad-dream, and I've decided that a MBA might fit me as it's within leadership and economics I want to enhance my competence.

However, what makes this difficult is the following:

- The MBA program can last maximum 18 months, preferably 12 months
- The MBA program can not be too difficult and time-demanding with an overwhelming workload
- I prefer self studies, large lectures, etc. rather than obligatory small classes with a lot of case-work, presentations and so on

The reason why I'm asking for an "easy" MBA program is that I'm taking this year for personal development, living in a different country and culture, get to know new people and places, as much as the academic aspect. I've already got a job with a career path and I will be permitted to take a year off to study. Also, it is not necessary for me to go to one of the top-ranked university (obviously).

I would prefer to study at a large university with many students somewhere warm (southern part of the US), and it would be great if it's a lot to see and experience within 3-4 hours by car.

Well, am I asking for the impossible here? Are ALL 1-year MBA's intensive (2 years study in 1 year) and requires a lot, or are there lighter versions that could fit me?

Thank you in advance for any help.
Hello everyone

I'm a Norwegian guy aged 29 and I've been working for 4 years. My education is a BS in economics and a MS in supply chain management.

I've always wanted to study abroad, especially in the US, but I never got to it.

Now, I want to live out my study-abroad-dream, and I've decided that a MBA might fit me as it's within leadership and economics I want to enhance my competence.

However, what makes this difficult is the following:

- The MBA program can last maximum 18 months, preferably 12 months
- The MBA program can not be too difficult and time-demanding with an overwhelming workload
- I prefer self studies, large lectures, etc. rather than obligatory small classes with a lot of case-work, presentations and so on

The reason why I'm asking for an "easy" MBA program is that I'm taking this year for personal development, living in a different country and culture, get to know new people and places, as much as the academic aspect. I've already got a job with a career path and I will be permitted to take a year off to study. Also, it is not necessary for me to go to one of the top-ranked university (obviously).

I would prefer to study at a large university with many students somewhere warm (southern part of the US), and it would be great if it's a lot to see and experience within 3-4 hours by car.

Well, am I asking for the impossible here? Are ALL 1-year MBA's intensive (2 years study in 1 year) and requires a lot, or are there lighter versions that could fit me?

Thank you in advance for any help.
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Duncan
How about this: http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/idp/12month/ I think a one year MBA will be quite intensive.
How about this: http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/idp/12month/ I think a one year MBA will be quite intensive.
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Henrik-
How about this: http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/idp/12month/ I think a one year MBA will be quite intensive.


Thank you for the reply. As I understand it, this is a MBT and not a MBA. MBT is not familiar to me, and I think it's a MBA I'm after as it's a lot more recognized degree in Norway. Thanks anyway.

I'm still grateful for any help I could receive here.
<blockquote>How about this: http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/idp/12month/ I think a one year MBA will be quite intensive.</blockquote>

Thank you for the reply. As I understand it, this is a MBT and not a MBA. MBT is not familiar to me, and I think it's a MBA I'm after as it's a lot more recognized degree in Norway. Thanks anyway.

I'm still grateful for any help I could receive here.

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Duncan
It's tricky. Basically you are looking for an MBA which is like a European state university's MBA, and that subverts the whole idea of the US model. Any good school will be time consuming.

Your most likely technique is to look for programmes that require just 30 credit hours: http://www.wsc.edu/mba/30_credit/

Perhaps something to look for is part-time MBAs which are boosting student numbers by allowing full-time students to take the two or three years of their MBA simultaneously: http://www.memphis.edu/professionalmba/

Otherwise, maybe CSU Fullerton? http://business.fullerton.edu/GraduatePrograms/mba/Full%2DTime/
It's tricky. Basically you are looking for an MBA which is like a European state university's MBA, and that subverts the whole idea of the US model. Any good school will be time consuming.

Your most likely technique is to look for programmes that require just 30 credit hours: http://www.wsc.edu/mba/30_credit/

Perhaps something to look for is part-time MBAs which are boosting student numbers by allowing full-time students to take the two or three years of their MBA simultaneously: http://www.memphis.edu/professionalmba/

Otherwise, maybe CSU Fullerton? http://business.fullerton.edu/GraduatePrograms/mba/Full%2DTime/
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ezra
You might want to check out AACSB-accredited MBA programs at smaller schools that target working professionals. These programs generally meet on the evenings or weekends, so you would attend class less frequently than in a traditional full-time program, and they tend to be less rigorous in terms of how many classes you take. Keep in mind you'll still have to study outside of class, potentially do some group projects, etc - they probably won't be walks in the park.

For example, the evening program at Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked in the BusinessWeek part-time ranking - and you could finish that in about 18 months.

Same with Marquette's program in Wisconsin.

You'll probably have to hunt around a bit if living in a warmer climate is a priority. And these programs generally won't have any career support so to speak, and don't attract international students, so getting a visa may be an issue. You'd have to look into that.
You might want to check out AACSB-accredited MBA programs at smaller schools that target working professionals. These programs generally meet on the evenings or weekends, so you would attend class less frequently than in a traditional full-time program, and they tend to be less rigorous in terms of how many classes you take. Keep in mind you'll still have to study outside of class, potentially do some group projects, etc - they probably won't be walks in the park.

For example, the evening program at Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked in the BusinessWeek part-time ranking - and you could finish that in about 18 months.

Same with Marquette's program in Wisconsin.

You'll probably have to hunt around a bit if living in a warmer climate is a priority. And these programs generally won't have any career support so to speak, and don't attract international students, so getting a visa may be an issue. You'd have to look into that.
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Duncan
Great suggestions from Ezra. Actually Marquette was the programme that jumped to find but I could not remember its name. These programmes are pretty good with visas; the full-time students drive all their stats in the right direction.
Great suggestions from Ezra. Actually Marquette was the programme that jumped to find but I could not remember its name. These programmes are pretty good with visas; the full-time students drive all their stats in the right direction.
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Hi,
I was looking for an Executive MBA in Strategic Management, less than 1 year course in Norway. If not a post diploma or executive course In strategic consulting with just a single module
Hi,
I was looking for an Executive MBA in Strategic Management, less than 1 year course in Norway. If not a post diploma or executive course In strategic consulting with just a single module
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Duncan
Try Google: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3A.edu+certificate+in+consulting+semester&oq=site%3A.edu+certificate+in+consulting+semester&aqs=chrome.0.69i57j69i58.10789j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Try Google: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3A.edu+certificate+in+consulting+semester&oq=site%3A.edu+certificate+in+consulting+semester&aqs=chrome.0.69i57j69i58.10789j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Henrik-
Thank you guys

I've been doing some research on my own lately, but I've also been in contact with a student organization here in Norway which supports Norwegians in going abroad to study.

I told them the same things as I wrote in my first post in this thread, and based on that they recommended me a few universities:

Golden Gate University

Argosy

California Lutheran University

They told me that these are not top-ranked and that they will be somewhat what I'm looking for.

Could someone please give me a few words about these schools, and also their MBA programs?

How large are the schools in terms of number of students/international students? What about happenings for new students and in general? How is the location of the campus? How are the typical teaching methods (small vs large classes)? Which of the schools will be most intensive?

Argosy looks to me like a fit. You can take some of the courses online, it's flexible and it doesn't look too difficult. My concern with Argosy, however, is that it's a relatively small school, few students, few happenings, a small number of international students, etc..

Well, a lot of questions, but I will rather ask them now than later.. I'm really thankful for all the help I receive.
Thank you guys

I've been doing some research on my own lately, but I've also been in contact with a student organization here in Norway which supports Norwegians in going abroad to study.

I told them the same things as I wrote in my first post in this thread, and based on that they recommended me a few universities:

Golden Gate University

Argosy

California Lutheran University

They told me that these are not top-ranked and that they will be somewhat what I'm looking for.

Could someone please give me a few words about these schools, and also their MBA programs?

How large are the schools in terms of number of students/international students? What about happenings for new students and in general? How is the location of the campus? How are the typical teaching methods (small vs large classes)? Which of the schools will be most intensive?

Argosy looks to me like a fit. You can take some of the courses online, it's flexible and it doesn't look too difficult. My concern with Argosy, however, is that it's a relatively small school, few students, few happenings, a small number of international students, etc..

Well, a lot of questions, but I will rather ask them now than later.. I'm really thankful for all the help I receive.
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Duncan
These are terrible schools. They are certainly not ranked, but they don't even have AACSB accreditation. If you think that, at any time, an employer might be using your MBA as a reason to hire you then please taken an accredited course. Otherwise, just save your money and be a tourist.

Maybe try
http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cba/mba/amba/
http://mba.lmu.edu/
http://www2.binghamton.edu/som/graduate/mba-ms-programs/fast-track-mba/management-fast-track.html
http://business.fullerton.edu/GraduatePrograms/mba/Full%2DTime/
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/business/degrees/mba/11-month-mba/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.globalamba.com/
These are terrible schools. They are certainly not ranked, but they don't even have AACSB accreditation. If you think that, at any time, an employer might be using your MBA as a reason to hire you then please taken an accredited course. Otherwise, just save your money and be a tourist.

Maybe try
http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cba/mba/amba/
http://mba.lmu.edu/
http://www2.binghamton.edu/som/graduate/mba-ms-programs/fast-track-mba/management-fast-track.html
http://business.fullerton.edu/GraduatePrograms/mba/Full%2DTime/
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/business/degrees/mba/11-month-mba/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.globalamba.com/

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Henrik-
Thanks Duncan. It's great to have this forum to receive honest answers.

It's a jungle out there for me, searching for the right MBA..

I still haven't found a perfect match, and many of the tips I receive here points to a MBA which is located far from where I would like to live (West Coast), lasts for 2 years, or starts in fall only (I was hoping to start in January).

I started looking at other places than California, namely Florida. I guess it's a lot of sun and beaches in Florida as well.. (I lack knowledge of the US geography, consequently California, San Diego, Florida and Miami are the places that pops up in my head when thinking about nice places where it's warm all year, a lot of sun, ocean, and so on..)

However, I came across Miami School of Business Administration, and the schedule for their 1 year MBA program looked perfect to me (it starts in January as well):

http://www.bus.miami.edu/graduate-programs/one-year-mba/course-dates/index.html

School: January 13 - February 28
Holiday: March 1 - 16

School: March 17 - May 2

Summer holiday (possible internship, no credits, not required): May 3 - August 24

School: August 25 - October 10

Holiday: October 11 - 19

School: October 20 - December 11

So, a lot of holidays where I really could travel around and be a tourist. The long summer holiday is also perfect, as I could go back to Norway to see family and friends, and also work for 4-5 weeks to earn some money before I go back.

Is this a typical schedule for a 1 year MBA?

The problem, however, is the costs: http://www.bus.miami.edu/graduate-programs/one-year-mba/tuition-info/index.html

$72 000 for the whole year. I'm not sure what "Personal", "Housing & meals" etc are obligatory costs you pay to the school, or if it's just estimates for what I should expect to pay for living and eating? Anyway, for just the credit hours it's $55 000, and that's quite expensive compared to other schools, is it not?
Thanks Duncan. It's great to have this forum to receive honest answers.

It's a jungle out there for me, searching for the right MBA..

I still haven't found a perfect match, and many of the tips I receive here points to a MBA which is located far from where I would like to live (West Coast), lasts for 2 years, or starts in fall only (I was hoping to start in January).

I started looking at other places than California, namely Florida. I guess it's a lot of sun and beaches in Florida as well.. (I lack knowledge of the US geography, consequently California, San Diego, Florida and Miami are the places that pops up in my head when thinking about nice places where it's warm all year, a lot of sun, ocean, and so on..)

However, I came across Miami School of Business Administration, and the schedule for their 1 year MBA program looked perfect to me (it starts in January as well):

http://www.bus.miami.edu/graduate-programs/one-year-mba/course-dates/index.html

School: January 13 - February 28
Holiday: March 1 - 16

School: March 17 - May 2

Summer holiday (possible internship, no credits, not required): May 3 - August 24

School: August 25 - October 10

Holiday: October 11 - 19

School: October 20 - December 11

So, a lot of holidays where I really could travel around and be a tourist. The long summer holiday is also perfect, as I could go back to Norway to see family and friends, and also work for 4-5 weeks to earn some money before I go back.

Is this a typical schedule for a 1 year MBA?

The problem, however, is the costs: http://www.bus.miami.edu/graduate-programs/one-year-mba/tuition-info/index.html

$72 000 for the whole year. I'm not sure what "Personal", "Housing & meals" etc are obligatory costs you pay to the school, or if it's just estimates for what I should expect to pay for living and eating? Anyway, for just the credit hours it's $55 000, and that's quite expensive compared to other schools, is it not?
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Duncan
Well, I think what's amazing about Miami is $1,730 per credit hour. $72,000 is the estimated cost of attendance -- that is what you will need to show you have in order to get your visa. $55,360 is the tuition, and I think that's not great value for just 35 credits.

Honestly, the whole scheme is a bit crazy. You'll be investing a lot of money, and a non-accredited MBA will be pretty useless. You might have terrible classmates and really be better off taking a non-degree.

How about...
http://www.barry.edu/mba/about-the-program/miami-evening-mba.html - only $960 per credit and lasts 18 months.
http://www.flsouthern.edu/KCMS/Master-of-Business-Administration/Financing-Your-MBA.aspx only $30k
http://www.unf.edu/coggin/academics/graduate/mba.aspx
Well, I think what's amazing about Miami is $1,730 per credit hour. $72,000 is the estimated cost of attendance -- that is what you will need to show you have in order to get your visa. $55,360 is the tuition, and I think that's not great value for just 35 credits.

Honestly, the whole scheme is a bit crazy. You'll be investing a lot of money, and a non-accredited MBA will be pretty useless. You might have terrible classmates and really be better off taking a non-degree.

How about...
http://www.barry.edu/mba/about-the-program/miami-evening-mba.html - only $960 per credit and lasts 18 months.
http://www.flsouthern.edu/KCMS/Master-of-Business-Administration/Financing-Your-MBA.aspx only $30k
http://www.unf.edu/coggin/academics/graduate/mba.aspx
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Duncan
How about this? http://www20.csueastbay.edu/cbe/mba/one-year/index.html
How about this? http://www20.csueastbay.edu/cbe/mba/one-year/index.html
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Henrik-
How about this? http://www20.csueastbay.edu/cbe/mba/one-year/index.html


Thanks. It looks like a fit, but the program starts in mid-June, and I would really prefer to start with the spring semester (January-February). Unfortunately it looks to me that most MBA programs starts in the fall semester, not in the spring (however, I've found a few which starts in January..).
<blockquote>How about this? http://www20.csueastbay.edu/cbe/mba/one-year/index.html</blockquote>

Thanks. It looks like a fit, but the program starts in mid-June, and I would really prefer to start with the spring semester (January-February). Unfortunately it looks to me that most MBA programs starts in the fall semester, not in the spring (however, I've found a few which starts in January..).
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Henrik-

Honestly, the whole scheme is a bit crazy. You'll be investing a lot of money, and a non-accredited MBA will be pretty useless. You might have terrible classmates and really be better off taking a non-degree.


I know, I think I've decided that the school has to be credited, it's too much of a risk to pay that kind of money and move to another country for a year without knowing that I'm attending a good school.

I'll go through all of the credited schools in California now, to identify all the MBA programs which satisfy my restrictions (credited, 12-18 months, start in January) and see what's left.
<blockquote>
Honestly, the whole scheme is a bit crazy. You'll be investing a lot of money, and a non-accredited MBA will be pretty useless. You might have terrible classmates and really be better off taking a non-degree.
</blockquote>

I know, I think I've decided that the school has to be credited, it's too much of a risk to pay that kind of money and move to another country for a year without knowing that I'm attending a good school.

I'll go through all of the credited schools in California now, to identify all the MBA programs which satisfy my restrictions (credited, 12-18 months, start in January) and see what's left.
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Henrik-
http://www.csuchico.edu/cob/current/mbaEngl/index.shtml

Anyone knows the length of this MBA program? I can't seem to find it anywhere on their web page..

Same with this one: http://mba.csusb.edu/traditionalMBA/deadlinesRequirements.html

Are you free to choose which quarter you'll start in?
http://www.csuchico.edu/cob/current/mbaEngl/index.shtml

Anyone knows the length of this MBA program? I can't seem to find it anywhere on their web page..

Same with this one: http://mba.csusb.edu/traditionalMBA/deadlinesRequirements.html

Are you free to choose which quarter you'll start in?
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Duncan
It depends on whether you have the prerequisites. 30 credits is generally two semester. http://catalog.csuchico.edu/viewer/BADM/BADMNONEMB.html
It depends on whether you have the prerequisites. 30 credits is generally two semester. http://catalog.csuchico.edu/viewer/BADM/BADMNONEMB.html
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