A.J. asks from Shreveport, LA on June 13, 2012
Need Advice for an Online MBA Program...
I am wanting to get my MBA while we are living in Shreveport, LA...between my 1 year old, my husband, and my new job (which will reimburse me for my tuition based on my grades), I worry I will not be very good at making it to class. I was thinking online classes would be my best option for success, but there are so many to choose from! I was wondering if any of you have advice for picking the right one, or can you share your experience with your online degree program? Has anyone applied for the grants I keep seeing advertised for moms?
In case this info helps...I have not taken the GMAT yet... I read for some you don't even have to... I was wondering if that could be true. I already have a BSME, and have been working in the food industry for over 6 years. I feel like my career path is established, but I want the extra knowledge to take me to the next level so that I can really support our family (my husband was laid off years ago, and the job he has now barely covers more than daycare costs). I might be able to get an hour or 2 at work...but I figured most of my work would be done after bedtime :)
I appreciate any advice you can give me!
T.S. answers from Columbus on June 13, 2012
Go to Columbia Southern University. It is the cheapest at $200/credit hour and if you sign up for a $30 membership at NVFC.org, this is a national volunteer firefighters council, you will get 10% off your entire tuition so it is only $180/credit hour. They even have a doctorate in BA. Go this route. I am not doing this b/c I am most likely going for nursing but I heard many good things about this college from 2 co-workers.
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E.S. answers from New York on June 13, 2012
Wow, that's awesome that your company is going to reimburse you. That said, why not ask your company for its recommendations. There are many online scams out there, especially ones that target moms.
Most local colleges offer online programs, so I would start there. At least they are established and can guide you accordingly.
M.M. answers from Detroit on June 14, 2012
There are many online MBAs out there. Look for a not-for-profit school (admissions standards will be higher), and don't feel limited by your state. Central Michigan University, for example, offers a fully online MBA that is at the same level of their in-person MBA. Programs that *do* require the GMAT will have a higher caliber of students... which makes a HUGE difference in what you'll learn and how your experience will be.
A.A. answers from Tulsa on June 13, 2012
I just finished my MS online (with a one year old, too!). I didn't have to take any test prior to admission into the program because I had a 4.0 GPA for my undergrad. I'd just pick all the universities you think would be an option and ask for their info. Just compare costs, hours, class size, program length, etc and hopefully one will stand out as being a good fit for you. Good luck!