Looking at an online MBA, talk to me more about regional vs. national accreditation please as well as program-specific accreditation
I have read this
but much has changed in five years in the field. Also this
even though they're not specifically MBA related.
I know the red flags in the field, especially degree mills, but I'm fairly confident through research that Columbia Southern is not one. The main issue I see is that it's nationally accredited vs. regionally accredited. I've read up on the issues that can cause with transfer of credit, etc. but that's not an issue for me as I see the MBA as terminal degree. I already hold an MSc and have no desire to get a PhD. I've tried to look up whether anyone cares if the degree is online, or specifically from Columbia Southern and I don't see any red flags. My concern is that the business degrees are not accredited by AACSB, but I don't know if that's an issue.
If it matters, program I'm looking at specifically is the Sports Management MBA. I have some coursework in the sports field from my MSc (overlapping coursework, different focus) as well as contacts in the field from my MSc as well as professional work, but not having those three letters is hurting professional growth. I'm currently employed in my field with a good salary and have been since 2007, this is more a question for growth. My BA and MSc were from traditional brick and mortar schools - MSc was great for current field, but less so for branching out even though it's from a known school (NYU).
I know the traditional classroom MBA offers intangibles you can't get online, but for various reasons including time and work - moving for an MBA isn't feasible right now. Sports focused MBAs are few and far between in general - with the best in-person one being San Diego State and others in various locations. Many online ones are shady for-profit at best - this one is not. Or doesn't seem to be.
Is there anything I"m missing? Anything I should be looking for? I'm still researching and not going to sign up tomorrow, but I'm not sure if I know all I should be looking for.
Any input on mbas, sports mbas, online degrees, etc. welcome. Thanks!