best affordable online mba program under $12k?


Lcarubia

Hello,
I am currently a practicing dentist looking to do an online MBA for personal gain with the business aspect of my practice. I have it narrowed down to LSUS (Louisiana state university Strevport), Missouri state, UTPB (university of Texas permain Basin) and Western New Mexico State University (WNMU).

Does anyone recommend one over the other and why?

[Edited by Lcarubia on Apr 01, 2020]

Hello,
I am currently a practicing dentist looking to do an online MBA for personal gain with the business aspect of my practice. I have it narrowed down to LSUS (Louisiana state university Strevport), Missouri state, UTPB (university of Texas permain Basin) and Western New Mexico State University (WNMU).

Does anyone recommend one over the other and why?
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Duncan

Most of these have AACSB accreditation, but not WNMU so I would exclude that. A friend and former colleague of mine has been happy with the Missouri State MBA.

[Edited by Duncan on Apr 01, 2020]

Most of these have AACSB accreditation, but not WNMU so I would exclude that. A friend and former colleague of mine has been happy with the Missouri State MBA.
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Lcarubia

Oh I didn’t even catch that. Thanks. I also saw the GSW program is fairly affordable. I’m hoping others will respond with their thoughts and experiences

Oh I didn’t even catch that. Thanks. I also saw the GSW program is fairly affordable. I’m hoping others will respond with their thoughts and experiences
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I'm interested in the same universities, as these are the cheapest AACSB options to gain the business knowledge and not have to bend over backwards to explain the university is legit.

Being an Asian working in Asia, UT has the strongest brand appeal. I would have thought it somewhat reasonable to associate UTPB with UT-Austin in terms of academic strength, but various forums suggest they have nothing to do with each other beyond sharing the same state! Not sure about LSU and LSUS.

I'm interested in the same universities, as these are the cheapest AACSB options to gain the business knowledge and not have to bend over backwards to explain the university is legit.

Being an Asian working in Asia, UT has the strongest brand appeal. I would have thought it somewhat reasonable to associate UTPB with UT-Austin in terms of academic strength, but various forums suggest they have nothing to do with each other beyond sharing the same state! Not sure about LSU and LSUS.
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I've been following the LSUS mba conversations here - it shows the whole program, warts and all:
https://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/money/lsus-online-mba-reviews/50638829/

I can't find anything similar for UTPB, or for Missouri State except for Duncan's friend's recommendation. Any links to further inside info on these two would be much appreciated.

I've been following the LSUS mba conversations here - it shows the whole program, warts and all:
https://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/money/lsus-online-mba-reviews/50638829/

I can't find anything similar for UTPB, or for Missouri State except for Duncan's friend's recommendation. Any links to further inside info on these two would be much appreciated.
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Duncan

It's not reasonable to associate them, any more than Cornell with SUNY Broome.

It's not reasonable to associate them, any more than Cornell with SUNY Broome.
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Duncan

Also see https://find-mba.com/board/distance-learning/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288

Also see https://find-mba.com/board/distance-learning/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288
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Thanks Duncan, that list was a very helpful shortlist!

Do you have more to add re Missouri State? I'm unable to find inside info on their online mba. What other universities did your friend/colleague consider before settling on MSU's program? What do they like most about it?

Thanks Duncan, that list was a very helpful shortlist!

Do you have more to add re Missouri State? I'm unable to find inside info on their online mba. What other universities did your friend/colleague consider before settling on MSU's program? What do they like most about it?
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Duncan

Oh, it's affordable. That's its merit. As simple as that. He is in Missouri, so it works for him really well.

Oh, it's affordable. That's its merit. As simple as that. He is in Missouri, so it works for him really well.
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Makes sense for him... Thanks for sharing Duncan.

Makes sense for him... Thanks for sharing Duncan.
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I had made up my mind and was just about to apply to LSU Shreveport's online MBA, but saw the new iMSM from UIUC and am seriously considering this instead.
The iMSM curriculum looks like it covers more or less the same content as the LSUS MBA (albeit no Econ and lighter on Finance in the iMSM), and of course it doesn't come with the MBA label... but positives are that UIUC is a top 50 University globally, has excellent reviews from their iMBA, and the cost is even cheaper at under 11k.
@LCarubia how did you go with your decision?

[Edited by antiparadox on May 16, 2020]

I had made up my mind and was just about to apply to LSU Shreveport's online MBA, but saw the new iMSM from UIUC and am seriously considering this instead.<div><br></div><div>The iMSM curriculum looks like it covers more or less the same content as the LSUS MBA (albeit no Econ and lighter on Finance in the iMSM), and of course it doesn't come with the MBA label... but positives are that UIUC is a top 50 University globally, has excellent reviews from their iMBA, and the cost is even cheaper at under 11k.</div><div><br></div><div>@LCarubia how did you go with your decision?</div>
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Duncan

The iMSM is highly selective and it is not aimed at people with work experience. I am not certain  you would be admitted. 

[Edited by Duncan on May 16, 2020]

The iMSM is highly selective and it is not aimed at people with work experience. I am not certain&nbsp; you would be admitted.&nbsp;
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The iMSM is highly selective and it is not aimed at people with work experience. I am not certain  you would be admitted. 

You're right, it's aimed at those with limited experience, so I made sure to clarify my eligibility at their recent iMSM info session.
I am in my mid-30s with over 10 years of work experience in data analytics, and am mainly interested in the business and mgmt knowledge to move laterally and upwards in my career. The program administrator said I'd be on the high end of the experience spectrum but am welcome to apply. My undergrad is in IT from a global top 200 university with a gpa of 3.9, so they shouldn't have an issue on the academic side.
Assuming the iMSM admits me, do you see any reason why I should go for the MBA instead (I don't need the initials)?

[quote]The iMSM is highly selective and it is not aimed at people with work experience. I am not certain&nbsp; you would be admitted.&nbsp; [/quote]<div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><br></span></div><div>You're right,&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">it's aimed at those with limited experience, so I made sure to clarify my eligibility at their recent iMSM info session.</span><br></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">I am in my mid-30s&nbsp;</span>with over 10 years of work experience in data analytics, and am mainly interested in the business and mgmt knowledge to move laterally and upwards in my career. The program administrator said I'd be on the high end of the experience spectrum but am welcome to apply. My undergrad is in IT from a global top 200 university with a gpa of 3.9, so they shouldn't have an issue on the academic side.</div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><br></span></div><div>Assuming the iMSM admits me, do you see any reason why I should go for the MBA instead (I don't need the initials)?</div>
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Duncan

I don't think the MSM will admit you. Of course a US state university can never tell anyone to not apply, but read the criteria. 

I don't think the MSM will admit you. Of course a US state university can never tell anyone to not apply, but read the criteria.&nbsp;
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I don't think the MSM will admit you. Of course a US state university can never tell anyone to not apply, but read the criteria. 
Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like I'll just have to apply and find out. I've just emailed them again; hope they give me a straight answer re upper limits on age/experience beforehand, so I don't waste time applying.

[quote]I don't think the MSM will admit you. Of course a US state university can never tell anyone to not apply, but read the criteria.&nbsp; [/quote]<div><div>Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like I'll just have to apply and find out. I've just emailed them again; hope they give me a straight answer re upper limits on age/experience beforehand, so I don't waste time applying.</div></div>
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Duncan

Considering US law on age discrimination, I think you cannot get a straight answer from a state university.

Considering US law on age discrimination, I think you cannot get a straight answer from a state university.
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