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Choosing an Online MBA Program

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 220

While deciding on an online MBA degree program you might find yourself placing all your faith in college rankings. While rankings do give you an idea of the standard of the program, they are only ONE way to judge the all round quality of the program. Here is a look at some of the factors that speak of the quality of an online MBA program.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary, independent review conducted on educational institutions by a neutral, third party accrediting agency. These accrediting agencies determine whether the quality of education offered by these institutions meets the set academic standards.

Accreditation by a recognized accrediting agency puts to rest any fear you might have about getting scammed by a diploma mill. The well-recognized accrediting agencies are those that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and/or the U.S. Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Both, the USDE and the CHEA maintain databases of the accrediting agencies they recognize on their websites.

Personal needs

Colleges today have a lot to offer its students; all of which comes at a price. The question to ask yourself here is, "What do I need from my MBA program? What, according to me, is important to reach my educational and career goals?" Once you have a clear idea of what you are not willing to compromise with, you will be able to decide on an online MBA program more efficiently. Some of the deciding factors for a student to choose an online MBA program are: tuition, length of program, scholarships, financial aid assistance, career services, tutoring & mentoring programs, free student services, etc.

Method of instruction & delivery

The success of distance learning programs is spreading and making online education a growing attraction. Online MBA programs make it possible for people to work, attend to family responsibilities and study at the same time. This is a viable option for those who want to study at their own pace, cut commuting time, and enhance their qualifications for higher-paying positions.

An online MBA program is delivered entirely online, which means that it is completely reliant on technology. While looking for online MBA programs you should bear in mind the fact that a high quality program will make full use of innovative technology and the latest technological advancements.

Classes are carried out through virtual classrooms and most colleges create a variety of platforms for student-teacher interactions and student-student interactions, submitting assignments, accessing course materials, participating in discussions regarding the program, streaming lectures and podcasts, keeping track of student progress, grades etc. Before applying to any online college, ask about the technological tools the college uses to enhance the online learning experience for the students.

Faculty

An online program in any field can only be effective if it is conducted by a trained, experienced, innovative and not to mention, well-educated faculty. An instructor for an online program should have a graduate level education and work experience in the relevant area of business. Along with that, he or she should be able to maintain the interest and curiosity of the students by being innovative and tech savvy.

Unbiased student reviews

Unbiased student reviews speak of experiences had by current and past students while studying at a college. They give you an idea of the services and facilities made available to the students and the areas in which they're lacking. An example of a college that offers online MBA programs among other business programs is Independence University. Student reviews about Independence University speaks of its accreditation, career services and financial aid assistance programs. Just like any other review, an Independence University student review, will provide some input as you choose a college.

While deciding on a quality MBA program, choose one that will provide you with both practical and theoretical skills. Career-oriented MBA programs are a good choice since they'll provide you with a niche educational experience that fully meets current job trends and market requirements.

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