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Old 11-17-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Hi all,

Need some advise here on MBA programs. Likely online option only d/t working full-time and family matters. I confess that I know very little about the MBA world out there. I am an RN with 20 years of exp, and I work in the field where clinical and aministrative duties overlap. We've recently moved to Texas, so I'm really looking for programs which will allow me to take advantage of the in-State tuition, or at least not break a bank. This will be an additional degree in my career, not a change of anything. So I'm looking for affordable, legit, but also someting that will not sound like a diploma mill on my CV. Both programs I look at are definetly legit, of course UT is probably better known. But WGU is more affordable and has MBA in healthcare track. Your feedback is much appreciated, but please keep in mind my criteria above. I'm in my 40's now, and not really looking to make a "first" impression on anyone, or to break into the field.. There are many other programs out there. Need some pointers. TIA.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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WGU is self-paced and will likely be cheaper if you can finish in 12-18 months. WGU is 100% virtual; it does not have a physical campus. It is truly an online school and unranked. They will make you take an online, entrance exam, but it won't be nearly as difficult as the GRE or GMAT.

Campuses like UT-Arlington and UT-Dallas are nationally ranked, although, Arlington is ranked in the bottom quartile so its rank is not published. Another bonus is that all of the UT campuses are AACSB-accredited. WGU has no programmatic accreditation for its business programs. Programmatic accreditation is usually not required in the business field, but it is a bonus and usually required to teach at AACSB-accredited schools. They will more than likely require the GMAT and maybe some prerequisites. Unfortunately, the degree granting institutions for the online MBA are not Arlington or Dallas; they are Brownsville, Permian Basin, and Pan American. At least Pan American and Permian Basin are regionally ranked.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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WGU is self-paced and will likely be cheaper if you can finish in 12-18 months. WGU is 100% virtual; it does not have a physical campus. It is truly an online school and unranked. They will make you take an online, entrance exam, but it won't be nearly as difficult as the GRE or GMAT.

Campuses like UT-Arlington and UT-Dallas are nationally ranked, although, Arlington is ranked in the bottom quartile so its rank is not published. Another bonus is that all of the UT campuses are AACSB-accredited. WGU has no programmatic accreditation for its business programs. Programmatic accreditation is usually not required in the business field, but it is a bonus and usually required to teach at AACSB-accredited schools. They will more than likely require the GMAT and maybe some prerequisites. Unfortunately, the degree granting institutions for the online MBA are not Arlington or Dallas; they are Brownsville, Permian Basin, and Pan American. At least Pan American and Permian Basin are regionally ranked.

OK L210, I appreciate this info. And this just confirms that I really know nothing about world of MBA. I read your response on another thread (WGU). Lots of helpful info there. TYVM.

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Old 11-17-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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I have seen several people that finished the WGU MBA in one term - and quite a few that do it in two. So it depends on if you have the time to accelerate - if you do, it could be VERY inexpensive.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:26 PM
 
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I have seen several people that finished the WGU MBA in one term - and quite a few that do it in two. So it depends on if you have the time to accelerate - if you do, it could be VERY inexpensive.

As I've said before I think WGU will be a good fit for me. I understand it may not have name recognition as some others. There are many on-campus and well-respected programs which are still not AACSB-accredited. For someone getting an MBA as a primary degree, and no work experience.... WGU MBA will not be as shiny. I get it. But w/ 20+ years in clinical and administrative nursing, and M.S degree and license to practice acupuncture I should be in good shape w/ an MBA from WGU. It's legit and cheaper than dirt compare to other programs which are not even remotely in the top (plug in your favorite ranking here). I need an MBA for mostly lateral transfers within my current company or within my industry, which is healthcare. Another option at some point may be a government job, if private sector will continue to be choked. Again, i think WGU MBA will do just fine in this instance. Am I wrong?
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