UOL Online Global MBA purely for gaining business knowledge?


Rowii

Hie everyone,







I have received an offer for the UOL online MBA for the July 2022 intake and i am also eligible for their 30 percent 5 year anniversary bursary being from a Band A country, which brings the fees down to around 9000 pounds. On top of that, i can choose to pay per module as i register for them while still being eligible for the bursary, so i do not even have to pay the whole fees upfront. I have also applied for the Online MBA programs at Durham University and University of Birmingham and haven't received an update on my application for these, but they are relatively expensive.



A bit on my background and why i am considering doing an online MBA. I am a sailor and i work on cargo ships that go around the world. I like my job, but have also always wanted to start a business of my own. But having practically zero knowledge on how businesses work, i was hoping that doing an online MBA would help me in understanding that and also paying the fees would force me to learn, to get value out of my money, as opposed to learning through other non paid resources available. The UOL Global MBA low fees and the felxibility suits my situation, but i could not find anything on the internet on the experience of doing the course from someone who has actually done the course. So, id appreciate if anyone who is currently doing/has completed this program could comment on the quality of education, the overall experience and drawbacks. Also, i am not even remotely looking to shift to a corporate job and wish to continue doing my job and perhaps start my own business when i have enough captial, so i guess the AMBA or AACSB or whichever other accreditions which the UOL does not have are irrelevant for me? Or are they not? Also, are there any cheaper alternatives than UOL MBA, perhaps with an accredition? Any other comments, suggestions, guidance from people considering my background and reasoning are welcome.







Thanks

[Edited by Rowii on Jun 17, 2022]

Hie everyone, <br><br><br>
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I have received an offer for the UOL online MBA for the July 2022 intake and i am also eligible for their 30 percent 5 year anniversary bursary being from a Band A country, which brings the fees down to around 9000 pounds. On top of that, i can choose to pay per module as i register for them while still being eligible for the bursary, so i do not even have to pay the whole fees upfront. I have also applied for the Online MBA programs at Durham University and University of Birmingham and haven't received an update on my application for these, but they are relatively expensive. <br><br><br>
A bit on my background and why i am considering doing an online MBA. I am a sailor and i work on cargo ships that go around the world. I like my job, but have also always wanted to start a business of my own. But having practically zero knowledge on how businesses work, i was hoping that doing an online MBA would help me in understanding that and also paying the fees would force me to learn, to get value out of my money, as opposed to learning through other non paid resources available. The UOL Global MBA low fees and the felxibility suits my situation, but i could not find anything on the internet on the experience of doing the course from someone who has actually done the course. So, id appreciate if anyone who is currently doing/has completed this program could comment on the quality of education, the overall experience and drawbacks. Also, i am not even remotely looking to shift to a corporate job and wish to continue doing my job and perhaps start my own business when i have enough captial, so i guess the AMBA or AACSB or whichever other accreditions which the UOL does not have are irrelevant for me? Or are they not? Also, are there any cheaper alternatives than UOL MBA, perhaps with an accredition? Any other comments, suggestions, guidance from people considering my background and reasoning are welcome. <br><br><br>
<br><br><br>
Thanks
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Duncan

Take a look at  https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288 

I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.  Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses. 

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Take a look at&nbsp; https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288&nbsp;<br><br>I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.&nbsp; Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses.&nbsp;
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Rowii

Take a look at  https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288 

I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.  Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses. 

[quote]Take a look at&nbsp; https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288&nbsp;<br><br>I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.&nbsp; Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses.&nbsp; [/quote]
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Rowii

Take a look at  https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288 

I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.  Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses. 


Hie Duncan, Thanks for replying. I had a look at the Deakin online MBA. It does seem good, although i am not sure if i will be able to be accepted for this as i have a bachelors degree with first class honors and about 4 years work experience and although my job does involve managing people, many universities do not understand or recognise the role of a seafarer under relevant work experience for an MBA, but ill try my luck. TBH i was looking forward to the UOL MBA since i already had the offer and it was going to start soon, although i have had my fair share of doubts. One of the advantages of the UOL MBA i found was the flexibility to complete the course in as long as 5 years, which doesnt seem to be the case with Deakin as the max period to complete is 2 years. Also, i have read your comments on other posts and in some posts you have mentioned that the UOL MBA although not accredited is still a decent program. Do you have any feedback from people who have gone through this program? I tried searching but couldn't find even a single review about this program from an alumni, even though it has been running for 5+ years. I have to register by next week if i want to start the course  from July  for the UOL and i have also scheduled a call with the director of the course to talk about  the program on Monday. 
Also, what are your thoughts on the Durham online MBA? How does it compare to the Deakin? 

[quote]Take a look at&nbsp; https://findmbaonline.com/board/general-forum/value-alternatives-to-unaccredited-mbas-58288&nbsp;<br><br>I can't see any reason to take an MBA without meaningful international accreditation when stronger options like OUBS/Amity and Deakin/IMT exist [at a lower price]. Accreditation isn't only a sign of corporate credibility, but also of academic resources and strong educational experience.&nbsp; Personally, I think Deakin and IMT have the advantages of both a real alumni network (unlike UoL or OUBS) and the credibility of physical campuses.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hie Duncan, Thanks for replying. I had a look at the Deakin online MBA. It does seem good, although i am not sure if i will be able to be accepted for this as i have a bachelors degree with first class honors and about 4 years work experience and although my job does involve managing people, many universities do not understand or recognise the role of a seafarer under relevant work experience for an MBA, but ill try my luck. TBH i was looking forward to the UOL MBA since i already had the offer and it was going to start soon, although i have had my fair share of doubts. One of the advantages of the UOL MBA i found was the flexibility to complete the course in as long as 5 years, which doesnt seem to be the case with Deakin as the max period to complete is 2 years. Also, i have read your comments on other posts and in some posts you have mentioned that the UOL MBA although not accredited is still a decent program. Do you have any feedback from people who have gone through this program? I tried searching but couldn't find even a single review about this program from an alumni, even though it has been running for 5+ years. I have to register by next week if i want to start the course&nbsp; from July&nbsp;&nbsp;for the UOL and i have also scheduled a call with the director of the course to talk about&nbsp; the program on Monday.&nbsp;<br>Also, what are your thoughts&nbsp;on the Durham online MBA? How does it compare to the Deakin?&nbsp;<br>
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Duncan

Durham is much better than Deakin, I would say. Educationally I am not sure that UoL will be much better than the University of the People.  

Durham is much better than Deakin, I would say. Educationally I am not sure that UoL will be much better than the University of the People.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Rowii

I see. I am still waiting for Durham to get back on my application. I am reluctant about the Deakin MBA as the platform upgrad which is providing the course is fairly new and i also read a lot of negative reviews about it. So, although the end result of getting the Deakin MBA would be fruitful, the process of getting it might not be pleasant. To sum it up, as i understand from your advice so far that UOL is a clear no. Since i was also skeptical about it and  cannot find any other credible source who can vouch for it, ill put a pin on it atm. Please do share if you know anyone that i can talk to who has done the UOL MBA. 

I see. I am still waiting for Durham to get back on my application. I am reluctant about the Deakin MBA as the platform upgrad which is providing the course is fairly new and i also read a lot of negative reviews about it. So, although the end result of getting the Deakin MBA would be fruitful, the process of getting it might not be pleasant. To sum it up, as i understand from your advice so far that UOL is a clear no. Since i was also skeptical about it and&nbsp; cannot find any other credible source who can vouch for it, ill put a pin on it atm. Please do share if you know anyone that i can talk to who has done the UOL MBA.&nbsp;<br><br>
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Duncan

I think the feedback about Upgrad is quite uneven, and I hesitate to make a judgement about it. There are complaints from people who have not taken the course about sales teams, but this is common with anyone who interacts with other DL schools with sales teams like Amity and Hult. The online experience is geared around self-service with video and text, and there is little hands-on tutorial support. To be honest, that is only to be expected with a budget programme. Even at a premium MBA, you might only get a few hours of tutorial access through the programme: you learn with your study group rather than being handed down answers.  

In every case, more or less, the affordable online MBAs are 'hand me down' courses, with materials developed a few years ago or rapidly thrown together in the pandemic. Generally, UoL Worldwide courses are like the on-campus programme a few year earlier. It's only with the 'born in the cloud' programmes (like the Illinois iMBA and Boston University) and the older 'made for distance learning' degrees (e.g. OUBS, AMBS, Henley, Durham) that you can expect a really consistent student experience.

I think the feedback about Upgrad is quite uneven, and I hesitate to make a judgement about it. There are complaints from people who have not taken the course about sales teams, but this is common with anyone who interacts with other DL schools with sales teams like Amity and Hult. The online experience is geared around self-service with video and text, and there is little hands-on tutorial support. To be honest, that is only to be expected with a budget programme. Even at a premium MBA, you might only get a few hours of tutorial access through the programme: you learn with your study group rather than being handed down answers.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>In every case, more or less, the affordable online MBAs are 'hand me down' courses, with materials developed a few years ago or rapidly thrown together in the pandemic. Generally, UoL Worldwide courses are like the on-campus programme a few year earlier. It's only with the 'born in the cloud' programmes (like the Illinois iMBA and Boston University) and the older 'made for distance learning' degrees (e.g. OUBS, AMBS, Henley, Durham) that you can expect a really consistent student experience.
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Rowii

I think the feedback about Upgrad is quite uneven, and I hesitate to make a judgement about it. There are complaints from people who have not taken the course about sales teams, but this is common with anyone who interacts with other DL schools with sales teams like Amity and Hult. The online experience is geared around self-service with video and text, and there is little hands-on tutorial support. To be honest, that is only to be expected with a budget programme. Even at a premium MBA, you might only get a few hours of tutorial access through the programme: you learn with your study group rather than being handed down answers.  

In every case, more or less, the affordable online MBAs are 'hand me down' courses, with materials developed a few years ago or rapidly thrown together in the pandemic. Generally, UoL Worldwide courses are like the on-campus programme a few year earlier. It's only with the 'born in the cloud' programmes (like the Illinois iMBA and Boston University) and the older 'made for distance learning' degrees (e.g. OUBS, AMBS, Henley, Durham) that you can expect a really consistent student experience.

Hey Duncan, i applied for the Deakin 2 year MBA program and have been shortlisted for it. But the thing is, they did not even ask for any proof of education or a work reference. It was just like, do you have a bachelor's degree with more than 50 percent marks and do you have 2 years work experience and as soon as i said yes to both of these questions, i was told that i am eligible and can proceed to pay the fees. And they have been chasing me on whatsapp, email, text since then to register as there are very few seats left, which does not make me feel good about the program. I attended the UOL offer holder seminar and the program seems like extensive and good. Also, talked to a few people on linkedin who have completed the UOL MBA and they had only good things to say about it. The director also told me that they are trying for an AMBA accreditation, but the minimum requirement for that is atleast 3 MBA graduations,which the program does not have yet, as it is new. Also, the 5 year flexibility in the program is making me rethink to consider it. The exams are also totally online as informed in the seminar, whereas i was under the impression that i had to go to an exam centre in my country to appear for the exam and this makes it even more convenient. Do you think i should register for just one module, which will be around 700 pounds to get to know of the experience and then continue with it if i have a good feeling about it?

[Edited by Rowii on Jun 22, 2022]

[quote]I think the feedback about Upgrad is quite uneven, and I hesitate to make a judgement about it. There are complaints from people who have not taken the course about sales teams, but this is common with anyone who interacts with other DL schools with sales teams like Amity and Hult. The online experience is geared around self-service with video and text, and there is little hands-on tutorial support. To be honest, that is only to be expected with a budget programme. Even at a premium MBA, you might only get a few hours of tutorial access through the programme: you learn with your study group rather than being handed down answers.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>In every case, more or less, the affordable online MBAs are 'hand me down' courses, with materials developed a few years ago or rapidly thrown together in the pandemic. Generally, UoL Worldwide courses are like the on-campus programme a few year earlier. It's only with the 'born in the cloud' programmes (like the Illinois iMBA and Boston University) and the older 'made for distance learning' degrees (e.g. OUBS, AMBS, Henley, Durham) that you can expect a really consistent student experience. [/quote]<br>Hey Duncan, i applied for the Deakin 2 year MBA program and have been shortlisted for it. But the thing is, they did not even ask for any proof of education or a work reference. It was just like, do you have a bachelor's degree with more than 50 percent marks and do you have 2 years work experience and as soon as i said yes to both of these questions, i was told that i am eligible and can proceed to pay the fees. And they have been chasing me on whatsapp, email, text since then to register as there are very few seats left, which does not make me feel good about the program. I attended the UOL offer holder seminar and the program seems like extensive and good. Also, talked to a few people on linkedin who have completed the UOL MBA and they had only good things to say about it. The director also told me that they are trying for an AMBA accreditation, but the minimum requirement for that is atleast 3 MBA graduations,which the program does not have yet, as it is new. Also, the 5 year flexibility in the program is making me rethink to consider it. The exams are also totally online as informed in the seminar, whereas i was under the impression that i had to go to an exam centre in my country to appear for the exam and this makes it even more convenient. Do you think i should register for just one module, which will be around 700 pounds to get to know of the experience and then continue with it if i have a good feeling about it?
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Duncan

I think this really depends on your goals. Probably none of these programmes is really the best way to connect with the most powerful alumni networks in your target market segment. 

I think this really depends on your goals. Probably none of these programmes is really the best way to connect with the most powerful alumni networks in your target market segment.&nbsp;
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