Is an online MBA worth it?
August 15, 2012 10:33 AM Subscribe
I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story?
I am a working professional in a non-management support position at a tech company. I also have some limited experience as a manager in a non-IT field. I have a bachelors degree in journalism.
The program I'm considering is through Western Governor's University, an online school that seems to have a good reputation and accreditations that match traditional grad schools. I like the flexibility of online classes and the opportunity to accelerate through the program and potentially finish sooner than 2 years.
And the price is quite attractive, at about $3200 per 6-month period. On top of that, my company reimburses tuition up to about $5000 per year. At most, the degree would cost me around $2000 out-of-pocket.
But even so, will the degree be as valuable as I think it might be and is it worth the effort? Is it likely to help me advance in the tech world and get into management, particularly in light of the fact that it wouldn't come from a well-known institution?