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An online MBA is viewed as MUCH worse than an onsite MBA. At least that's what I think. If I were an employer, I would probably consider an online degree a DETRIMENT to a candidate's appeal. There just really is no substitute. Even PT or Exec MBAs aren't quite on the same level as a FT onsite MBA.
One of the biggest values of an MBA - whether it's top 5, top 15 or top whatever - is the networking it allows you to do with other students. That's not something an online MBA can easily replicate. I agree with the earlier posters: you'll be far better off with an onsite program, whether it's full-time, part-time or executive than you would be with an online degree.
Doesnt Duke have an online program? NorthEastern certainly does. Those are reputed schools. I think as time goes on, online schools are not only being accepted more and more by employers, but also having attended an online school shows your employer that you can walk and chew gum at the same time. Further, as business interactions seem to take place online more and more (i.e webinars, webex and such), online program graduates already have a heads up on how to efficiently communicate over the internet. Last, in recent years, businesses have become more and more global. Students from all over the world are enrolled in these online programs, so you would be "networking" even more so than you would at a regular on campus program. The only reasons why I'm not planning on attending college online is because online programs tend to cost more and also because I learn better in a class room environment.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Duke's program is not full-online degree. I know that they have established 5 campuses throughout the World and that one has to sit for an exam in one of them. So, it's more like an executive MBA with 5 different locations and with online lectures.
On the other hand, I don't know what to think of fully online degeers. I mean, if you don't have to come to the university ever and if you can take your exams online, that sounds pretty much like a diploma mill to me. You don't have even to bother with your exam, you can hire somebody to do it instead of you. That way, any individual in this planet whose parents have enough funds could becomme a member of your alumni. That is definitely not something that is appealing to me, and, what is even worse, I'm affraid is not going to be appealing for potential employers at all.
That way, any individual in this planet whose parents have enough funds could becomme a member of your alumni.
I completely agree with you Pathfinder. But if someone's parents are rich/influential enough, they could get their kids into any Ivy League school as well.
Yes, if they are both rich and influental. If they are not even rich, but have some 50.000 euro or something like that and zero influence in Ivy League schools (common thing in Eastern Europe and Middle East if you ask me), then such a kid could forget Ivy unless really has some strong academic and business potential itself.
Still, online program is an option even for such a candidate. With enough money, literally everyone could enter online program.