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USC v. Kelley v. UNC

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Admitted to their online MBA programs. Live in the LA area, looking to use MBA to advance within the company I work. Thoughts on which program to choose?
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Admitted to their online MBA programs. Live in the LA area, looking to use MBA to advance within the company I work. Thoughts on which program to choose?



Congrats.

If you choose your program based on quality and reputation, I would rule out USC. Kelley and UNC are always among the in top online 5 programs.

Based on above you may consider tuition and frequent travel to attend resident days. In the folowing old 2014 rank, you will see that Kelley needs only 2 weeks in whole the program, compared to UNC that demands quarterly 3 days. Also, Kelley seems substantially less than UNC.


I would vote for Kelley considering your residence.

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Admitted to their online MBA programs. Live in the LA area, looking to use MBA to advance within the company I work. Thoughts on which program to choose?
Base on your goal, USC would make the most logical sense. I'm not farmiliar with USC's online program, some things you may want to check is whether you get access to the USC network, ability to go on campus for recruiting events. I assume that USC's network will be 100X stronger than either IU or UNC's in LA. Much of the value of MBA is from the networking, which puts online MBA in an awkward predicament, since most online programs are distant education.
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jwest wrote:
Live in the LA area, looking to use MBA to advance within the company I work. Thoughts on which program to choose?


Brand/network/lay prestige/etc. do not matter if you're planning to stay employed with your same company. What you will need from your MBA experience will be (1) the business education, (2) the management training, and (3) the three-letter credential "MBA" next to your name on your resume. With that in mind, I'd say that unless your company is going to pay for the whole thing, none of these options will be your best option. AFAIK, UNC and IU both charge $100k+ for their online programs. Do not pay that crazy money for an online degree.

A cursory internet search shows that Arizona State (now also a USNWR top 25 programs) has an online option for $60,000. IMO, that's still not a great price, but it is dramatically cheaper than the three options you listed. If I were you, I'd also look into evening MBA programs in your area that will offer greater classroom experience than an online program and will still be as cheap (or cheaper!!) than most online programs.

I know Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine both have FEMBA programs. According to the CSF website, their FEMBA program takes 36 months to complete and only costs $31k! https://business.fullerton.edu/Programs/Graduate/

Have you considered other options? I would.

Best of luck with your decision!
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