Online MBA Choice from UK and Australia


eswanagen

Can you please tell me which of these should I choose for my online MBA?

a. University of London Global MBA
b. Edinburgh Business School
c. Australian Institute of Business

I do care for accreditation but I have a budget I needed to work with. Plus, while a career abroad entices me (I'm from the Philippines), it's not a priority. After MBA, I am deliberating if I wanted to be a consultant or have a senior finance managerial role.

If I have the budget, the program I really loved is UNSW's MBAX. Thanks for any help!

Can you please tell me which of these should I choose for my online MBA?

a. University of London Global MBA
b. Edinburgh Business School
c. Australian Institute of Business

I do care for accreditation but I have a budget I needed to work with. Plus, while a career abroad entices me (I'm from the Philippines), it's not a priority. After MBA, I am deliberating if I wanted to be a consultant or have a senior finance managerial role.

If I have the budget, the program I really loved is UNSW's MBAX. Thanks for any help!
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Duncan

I'd pick the University of London: Queen Mary has a strong business school and that excellent "Russell Group" status. The £8,730 price for Band A is unbeatable. The Heriot-Watt MBA is very weak, quite outdated, and I think you can dismiss that. The AiB is not well known or well respected.

I'd pick the University of London: Queen Mary has a strong business school and that excellent "Russell Group" status. The £8,730 price for Band A is unbeatable. The Heriot-Watt MBA is very weak, quite outdated, and I think you can dismiss that. The AiB is not well known or well respected.
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George Pat...

mbax has a very generous APL. You can transfer up to 50% of the credits from a cheaper program. that would make it a lot cheaper. (i.e. take half the courses at UoL and transfer them to MBAx and then take the other half at UNSW)

instructions here: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/AGSM-Site/Documents/AGSM_RPL_Protocol-and-procedure.pdf

but before you take cheaper courses hoping to transfer them to mbax, make sure to contact UNSW and make clear how and what courses etc. There are probably many courses that they simply won't accept, and many universities they won't accept

But since you can potentially save a lot, maybe check it out

mbax has a very generous APL. You can transfer up to 50% of the credits from a cheaper program. that would make it a lot cheaper. (i.e. take half the courses at UoL and transfer them to MBAx and then take the other half at UNSW)

instructions here: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/AGSM-Site/Documents/AGSM_RPL_Protocol-and-procedure.pdf

but before you take cheaper courses hoping to transfer them to mbax, make sure to contact UNSW and make clear how and what courses etc. There are probably many courses that they simply won't accept, and many universities they won't accept

But since you can potentially save a lot, maybe check it out
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eswanagen

I'd pick the University of London: Queen Mary has a strong business school and that excellent "Russell Group" status. The £8,730 price for Band A is unbeatable. The Heriot-Watt MBA is very weak, quite outdated, and I think you can dismiss that. The AiB is not well known or well respected.


Thanks Duncan! I know the UoL is accredited by CIMA and CMI. Does that at least account for something?

[quote]I'd pick the University of London: Queen Mary has a strong business school and that excellent "Russell Group" status. The £8,730 price for Band A is unbeatable. The Heriot-Watt MBA is very weak, quite outdated, and I think you can dismiss that. The AiB is not well known or well respected.[/quote]

Thanks Duncan! I know the UoL is accredited by CIMA and CMI. Does that at least account for something?
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eswanagen

mbax has a very generous APL. You can transfer up to 50% of the credits from a cheaper program. that would make it a lot cheaper. (i.e. take half the courses at UoL and transfer them to MBAx and then take the other half at UNSW)

instructions here: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/AGSM-Site/Documents/AGSM_RPL_Protocol-and-procedure.pdf

but before you take cheaper courses hoping to transfer them to mbax, make sure to contact UNSW and make clear how and what courses etc. There are probably many courses that they simply won't accept, and many universities they won't accept

But since you can potentially save a lot, maybe check it out


Wow. This is a good plan! Since most MBAs have core courses, maybe I can leverage on that. Thanks!!

[quote]mbax has a very generous APL. You can transfer up to 50% of the credits from a cheaper program. that would make it a lot cheaper. (i.e. take half the courses at UoL and transfer them to MBAx and then take the other half at UNSW)

instructions here: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/AGSM-Site/Documents/AGSM_RPL_Protocol-and-procedure.pdf

but before you take cheaper courses hoping to transfer them to mbax, make sure to contact UNSW and make clear how and what courses etc. There are probably many courses that they simply won't accept, and many universities they won't accept

But since you can potentially save a lot, maybe check it out
[/quote]

Wow. This is a good plan! Since most MBAs have core courses, maybe I can leverage on that. Thanks!!
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Larry


Thanks Duncan! I know the UoL is accredited by CIMA and CMI. Does that at least account for something?

It's a relatively new program so that's all you can really expect. In order to get AMBA / AACSB / EQUIS to accredit the program, it will take a couple more years. I still think it's a good investment, given the brand name and the recognition that the University of London has, regardless of its accreditation status. Of course, it depends on what you're comparing it to, and what other alternatives you're considering. With these other two programs, UoL is the only real option, in my mind.

[quote]
Thanks Duncan! I know the UoL is accredited by CIMA and CMI. Does that at least account for something? [/quote]
It's a relatively new program so that's all you can really expect. In order to get AMBA / AACSB / EQUIS to accredit the program, it will take a couple more years. I still think it's a good investment, given the brand name and the recognition that the University of London has, regardless of its accreditation status. Of course, it depends on what you're comparing it to, and what other alternatives you're considering. With these other two programs, UoL is the only real option, in my mind.
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Duncan

AASCB and EQUIS accredit schools, not programmes. If this was a QMUL degree then accreditation would be easy but as the degree comes from the federal university itself it could be really complex and difficult.

AASCB and EQUIS accredit schools, not programmes. If this was a QMUL degree then accreditation would be easy but as the degree comes from the federal university itself it could be really complex and difficult.
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Is the MBAx from UNSW well known? I am looking for an Australian MBA program. Can it help with networking and getting a job from an Australian employer?

Is the MBAx from UNSW well known? I am looking for an Australian MBA program. Can it help with networking and getting a job from an Australian employer?
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Duncan

UNSW is much, much, better school than the others we have discussed.

UNSW is much, much, better school than the others we have discussed.
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mba hipste...

Unless you're already living in Australia and have permission to work in the country, I'm not sure that an online MBA will help you get a job there.

Unless you're already living in Australia and have permission to work in the country, I'm not sure that an online MBA will help you get a job there.
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I
know this thread is old at this point, and the individual has likely chosen a
program, but I would disagree that AIB is not well-know, or well respected. I
am doing their MBA program and I was accepted into UNSW, Ivey at Western,
Oxford Brookes, Queens, University of London, and a few others. 



 



1. AIB is regionally
accredited and is nationally accredited in Canada by the CIM, which is
equivalent to the CMI in the UK, which accredits the Global MBA from the
University of London. Thus, they are on par from an accreditation standpoint.



 



2. AIB is well known
in Canada and every employer and person I spoke to accepts the degree, and or
knows about the program. 



 



3. Their MBA is rated
as equivalent to a Canadian MBA, and is vetted through the Univerisity of Toronto's
foreign education equivalency program. The same program the Government of
Canada uses to weigh foreign credentials.



 



4. AACSB - AMBA -
EQUIS are over-rated, and do not always guarantee a high-quality education. I
would trust AMBA with the MBA, over AACSB. The US just likes to think they are
superior in every fashion. I know this because I went through over 100
university MBA programs, checked their curriculum, and there was nothing
outstanding about them. AACSB from some unknown, unranked school will mean
nothing to an employer, and there are several like that in the US. Also, most
employers have no idea what these are, what they mean, and most won't care
about them. Certain organizations will, most won't.



 



These accreditations
are more important for academia, then real-world business work. Put me in a
room with other MBA's with these other "credentials" and the employer
is only going to care about this: 1, you have an MBA, 2, your work experience,
3, what you say and how you sell it. I have seen people with Ivey league
degrees fall flat on their faces, and I have run circles around these people in
the business world. Also, I know a few people who work at IBM and Microsoft
with an AIB MBA. Are you going to dispute those companies? 



 



5. I ultimately choose
AIB, due to the aforementioned points, but also the curriculum is near
identical to that of A LOT of other distance MBA programs, as well as most, if
not all, UK, Australian, and Canadian programs. Also, the cost is VERY good for
an MBA.



 



6. The regional accreditations
(AACSB, etc.) historically only accredited Universities, not private business
schools. 



 



7. Unless you have a
large piggy-bank, and some nice scholarships, good luck financing your huge
Ivey-league degree and maybe, or maybe not seeing the ROI on that. And let's be
real unless you are going to one of the top 10 B-schools in the world, and want
to pay 150k to 200k for it, the rest does not really matter. 



 



Therefore, there is a
host of good reasons to pick a particular business school, providing you have
done the appropriate research. Also, AIB has over 16,000 global alumni, which
is more than other "top" schools. 



 



At the end of the day,
your degree needs to suit your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle. 

[Edited by Christopher Keener on Apr 30, 2020]

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know this thread is old at this point, and the individual has likely chosen a
program, but I would disagree that AIB is not well-know, or well respected. I
am doing their MBA program and I was accepted into UNSW, Ivey at Western,
Oxford Brookes, Queens, University of London, and a few others.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">1. AIB is regionally
accredited and is nationally accredited in Canada by the CIM, which is
equivalent to the CMI in the UK, which accredits the Global MBA from the
University of London. Thus, they are on par from an accreditation standpoint.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. AIB is well known
in Canada and every employer and person I spoke to accepts the degree, and or
knows about the program.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. Their MBA is rated
as equivalent to a Canadian MBA, and is vetted through the Univerisity of Toronto's
foreign education equivalency program. The same program the Government of
Canada uses to weigh foreign credentials.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. AACSB - AMBA -
EQUIS are over-rated, and do not always guarantee a high-quality education. I
would trust AMBA with the MBA, over AACSB. The US just likes to think they are
superior in every fashion. I know this because I went through over 100
university MBA programs, checked their curriculum, and there was nothing
outstanding about them. AACSB from some unknown, unranked school will mean
nothing to an employer, and there are several like that in the US. Also, most
employers have no idea what these are, what they mean, and most won't care
about them. Certain organizations will, most won't. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">These accreditations
are more important for academia, then real-world business work. Put me in a
room with other MBA's with these other "credentials" and the employer
is only going to care about this: 1, you have an MBA, 2, your work experience,
3, what you say and how you sell it. I have seen people with Ivey league
degrees fall flat on their faces, and I have run circles around these people in
the business world. Also, I know a few people who work at IBM and Microsoft
with an AIB MBA. Are you going to dispute those companies?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">5. I ultimately choose
AIB, due to the aforementioned points, but also the curriculum is near
identical to that of A LOT of other distance MBA programs, as well as most, if
not all, UK, Australian, and Canadian programs. Also, the cost is VERY good for
an MBA.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">6. The regional accreditations
(AACSB, etc.) historically only accredited Universities, not private business
schools.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">7. Unless you have a
large piggy-bank, and some nice scholarships, good luck financing your huge
Ivey-league degree and maybe, or maybe not seeing the ROI on that. And let's be
real unless you are going to one of the top 10 B-schools in the world, and want
to pay 150k to 200k for it, the rest does not really matter.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Therefore, there is a
host of good reasons to pick a particular business school, providing you have
done the appropriate research. Also, AIB has over 16,000 global alumni, which
is more than other "top" schools.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:
normal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">At the end of the day,
your degree needs to suit your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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Duncan

We all like to argue that we made the right choices. However, some of the points you make are mistaken. The very first meeting of the AACSB was held at Harvard, which is private. The first AACSB-accredited school in Europe was ESSEC, which was not even part of a university. 
Accreditation matters. The outcomes are better from schools with more accreditation, not only academic outcomes but also salaries and employment: Why international accreditation matters http://www.find-mba.com/board/41224
It's not only top ten schools that have brand equity. Again, the salary data show that. 

We all like to argue that we made the right choices. However, some of the points you make are mistaken. The very first meeting of the AACSB was held at Harvard, which is private. The first AACSB-accredited school in Europe was ESSEC, which was not even part of a university.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>Accreditation matters. The outcomes are better from schools with more accreditation, not only academic outcomes but also salaries and employment: Why international accreditation matters&nbsp;<a href="https://www.find-mba.com/board/41224" rel="nofollow" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">http://www.find-mba.com/board/41224</a></div><div><br></div><div>It's not only top ten schools that have brand equity. Again, the salary data show that.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div>
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