I'm searching for DL/Online MBA program to be a good value for money in terms of program and its outcome. Unfortunately I have no chance to take full-time program and part-time seems to be more expensive (cheaper could be only taking less rated b-schools) and requires clear availability schedule for classes (not a case).
Shortly about myself:
I'm from Western Europe, my education and professional experience:
- Degree in Economics (local university) - GPA 5, diploma with honors,
- 10+ years work experience in Insurance (Finance and business administration roles),
- Senior/expert role, management experience of 1+ year, but not now.
I really enjoy learning and I'm looking for career progression - vertical career or cross functional move, e.g. taking manager's position and gain knowledge and experience for the future career steps. Turning to pure business function is preferable.
The decision to take EU MBA is determined by these facts mainly and it is a dream for years. There is no exact goal of working abroad but it is considered as a good option for the future as after the graduation I definitely expect perspectives inside my current organization locally and in EU and if nothing comes - outside...
Finally I decided to take UK MBA as didn't really find relevant options from other EU.
My criteria were:
- EU DL/online course with possibility to attend on-site modules/workshops/etc.
- Accreditation and reputation of the business school (triple seems better).
- Ratings: 1) DL 2) b-school.
- Costs (20- k GBP for the full program).
I clearly understand TOP EU b-schools like Insead, ESMT, Warwick are better choice than my options and that DL lacks network opportunities and I accept this. I plan to take it from on-site visits and in the future take short-term business courses from any TOP.
My short list matching the goals and requirements was:
1) Bradford University School of management
2) Open University
3) Strathclyde Business School.
I also did a search in LinkedIn for them as advised here and asked feedback from former students. I considered also Durham and Birmingham.
And... My winner is... Bradford University School of management!
What is your view of the choice, Bradford program and b-school? Does it match the goals? How is its reputation itself and for finance/business/insurance keeping in mind its not core sector for University?
Especially i'm appreciating getting comments from Duncan and other experts :-)
Thanks to all in advance!
[Edited by EY on May 31, 2018]