"Choosing a distance-learning program is just as difficult and just as important as choosing any other type of MBA. Try to avoid the temptation to opt for a programme that looks "easy" in terms of workload" (“Which MBA?”, 2005).
The 1960s and 1970s saw a rise in the development of distance- learning MBA programs as an alternative to the traditional MBA. In the United States, the cost of traditional resident education was rapidly growing and American society was becoming more and more mobile. Another important factor of distance-learning development was the early success of Britain's Open University. Since then, public acceptance of distance MBA degrees has increased steadily. A sharp increase in the number of well-established and recognized MBA schools offering distance MBA degrees has led to greater public acceptance. Distance learning offers a certain number of advantages and develops a particular set of important skills in short, it allows for greater explanatory and cognitive learning as compared to traditional face-to face learning, which in turn heightens and improves "social and procedural learning".
- Study at home combined with seminars, group work and traditional classroom sessions.
- Programmes designed for people who prefer working on their own and who are not looking for interaction with, or feedback from, fellow students. You will work at your own pace at home or while travelling.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Easier access to top-level business schools because of broader open admissions criteria
- Ability to keep a full-time job
- No geographical limits
- Ability to study at your own pace
- Minimal face-to-face interaction
- High drop-out rate
- Limited networking services
- No accreditation system
Is the online MBA right for you?
Candidates considering an online MBA know that these programmes fall into two broad and overlapping categories: a virtual format based almost exclusively on online communication, and a blended version where students in the same class are expected to come together to...
Three years or longer
No geographical constraints
5,000 to 40,000 euros
A Bachelor's degree, essays, TOEFL and at least three years of work experience.
Employers are more willing to pay for the distance learning MBA than for any other MBA programme.
- Various study materials: course books, a study guide, CD-ROMs, videotapes, audiotapes and website access.
- Online lectures delivered by video conference, which allow live interaction between students and the lecturer.
Most students are sponsored by their company. After graduating one is likely to stay with the company, which can lead to a limited access of career services.