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Online MBA: Washington State, Boise State, Southern Utah, U o Illinois

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All but U of Illinois have I heard back, regardless assuming I am accepted which would be the best to go. I live in Utah and am looking for an MBA as a career move up in my company and so I am wondering which would be the best to go to?

Thanks for any help.
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Gotime4 wrote:
All but U of Illinois have I heard back, regardless assuming I am accepted which would be the best to go. I live in Utah and am looking for an MBA as a career move up in my company and so I am wondering which would be the best to go to?

Thanks for any help.


In regards to the options you presented:
You definitely plan to stay at your current firm, right?
Will you get the promotion you desire with an online degree? (Do you know if your company treats it the same way as they would an on-campus degree?)
Will your company help pay for the program?

Also:
Do you live in SLC?
Would you consider an evening program at the UofU, UVU, Westminster, etc.?
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teleste wrote:
Gotime4 wrote:
All but U of Illinois have I heard back, regardless assuming I am accepted which would be the best to go. I live in Utah and am looking for an MBA as a career move up in my company and so I am wondering which would be the best to go to?

Thanks for any help.


In regards to the options you presented:
You definitely plan to stay at your current firm, right?
Will you get the promotion you desire with an online degree? (Do you know if your company treats it the same way as they would an on-campus degree?)
Will your company help pay for the program?

Also:
Do you live in SLC?
Would you consider an evening program at the UofU, UVU, Westminster, etc.?



Yeah I want to stay with my current firm, they are fine with it being an online mba, they will pay for $5250 a calendar year.
I live in Utah County, like 40 mins south of SLC, I looked at UofU and it is $60k and UVU is not accredited, and Westminster is like $50k, these schools I am looking at are like $20k-$35k. I just want to keep the costs down.

Thanks for you help
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Gotime4 wrote:
Yeah I want to stay with my current firm, they are fine with it being an online mba, they will pay for $5250 a calendar year.
I live in Utah County, like 40 mins south of SLC, I looked at UofU and it is $60k and UVU is not accredited, and Westminster is like $50k, these schools I am looking at are like $20k-$35k. I just want to keep the costs down.

Thanks for you help


Well, if you are up for a unique atmosphere, have the profile to get admitted, look good in blue, and are willing to pay close to $50k, there is a fairly well-regarded Executive MBA program in Provo that may also be worth considering, if only for a moment...

That said, since you are committed to staying at your firm, and acquiring the degree could really help you with career progression, I think in your situation an online program does make sense. (For most people I don't think that is the case.) You're wise to want to keep costs down. (I am yet to see hard evidence that paying IU or UNC $100k+ for an online degree holds any greater weight than doing it from the cheaper options available.)

IMO (note: this is without knowing anything about the curricula or timelines of any of the programs you mentioned), there will be no difference in outcome for you no matter which program you pursue to get your MBA. With that in mind, I think you can pick the one you think fits the best or is the most inexpensive. If I were you, I would see if you can stretch one over three years instead of just two, and that way your firm's tuition reimbursement program can go further. One of these programs may offer particular electives the others don't that you find appealing, that could also weigh on the decision. If possible, you should reach out to folks who have completed the online programs to ask them about their experience. If you can't find these people on LinkedIn, it may be worth just asking SUU, BSU, Illinois, WSU to connect you with some of their alumni. They will have the most sage advice on what it is like to complete their programs and I suspect will be able to offer you some really solid advice.

Good luck with the decision!
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Gotime4 wrote:
Yeah I want to stay with my current firm, they are fine with it being an online mba, they will pay for $5250 a calendar year.
I live in Utah County, like 40 mins south of SLC, I looked at UofU and it is $60k and UVU is not accredited, and Westminster is like $50k, these schools I am looking at are like $20k-$35k. I just want to keep the costs down.

Thanks for you help


Well, if you are up for a unique atmosphere, have the profile to get admitted, look good in blue, and are willing to pay close to $50k, there is a fairly well-regarded Executive MBA program in Provo that may also be worth considering, if only for a moment...

That said, since you are committed to staying at your firm, and acquiring the degree could really help you with career progression, I think in your situation an online program does make sense. (For most people I don't think that is the case.) You're wise to want to keep costs down. (I am yet to see hard evidence that paying IU or UNC $100k+ for an online degree holds any greater weight than doing it from the cheaper options available.)

IMO (note: this is without knowing anything about the curricula or timelines of any of the programs you mentioned), there will be no difference in outcome for you no matter which program you pursue to get your MBA. With that in mind, I think you can pick the one you think fits the best or is the most inexpensive. If I were you, I would see if you can stretch one over three years instead of just two, and that way your firm's tuition reimbursement program can go further. One of these programs may offer particular electives the others don't that you find appealing, that could also weigh on the decision. If possible, you should reach out to folks who have completed the online programs to ask them about their experience. If you can't find these people on LinkedIn, it may be worth just asking SUU, BSU, Illinois, WSU to connect you with some of their alumni. They will have the most sage advice on what it is like to complete their programs and I suspect will be able to offer you some really solid advice.

Good luck with the decision!


Hey thanks for the Advice. I thought about BYU but it is still $50k and the Executive program is half day Friday and most of Saturday in Downtown SLC. That just makes work and family time that much harder. I am realizing I am putting more value into the flexibility of online because I get to dictate what time I use towards the degree and not have to go to physical classrooms and work around the classroom hours.
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