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Pursuing an Online AACSB Accredited MBA Program

written by: Meg C.•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 6/18/2010

There are thousands of online MBA programs. The best online MBA programs will have the coveted AACSB accreditation. AACSB accreditation is the gold standard in collegiate schools of business and a must for certain employers and professionals.

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    Overview

    AACSB stands for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation from the AACSB is the gold-standard for collegiate schools of business. If you plan on pursuing a post-graduate degree in your business field, selecting a program that is AACSB accredited is the smart thing to do.

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    Why an AACSB Accredited MBA?

    Why would someone choose an AACSB accredited online MBA progam over one that is regionally accredited? There are a couple compelling answers to this question. First, individuals who wish to pursue a post-graduate degree at an AACSB accredited institution will find that any graduate credit obtained at a non-AACSB accredited institution won't be considered in making acceptance decisions. In addition, certain employers may require top management and executives to have a degree from an AACSB accredited institution.

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    Where Can I Find Online AACSB Accredited Programs?

    Most brick-and-mortar MBA programs at state schools (for example, Michigan State, Arkansas State, University of Florida) are AACSB accredited. Some brick-and-mortar schools offer online degrees as well. If you want to see if a particular program is AACSB accredited, the first place to look is the AACSB website. Their website has a list of all accredited programs.

    Some schools may not have the accreditation but can still be members of the AACSB. It is crucial to visit the AACSB website to ensure that a program is accredited if such accreditation is crucial to your future plans.

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    University of Mississippi PMBA Program

    The University of Mississippi has an online MBA program for working professionals. This online MBA program has very brief meetings on campus in Oxford. Despite these meetings, the bulk of the program is completed online. The current cost is $776 per credit hour, making the Ole Miss online MBA program an affordable solution.

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    University of Wisconsin Online Consortium

    If you can not travel even for short meetings, the University of Wisconsin has an online MBA program that can be completed entirely online. While the Ole Miss program includes cohort classes, the University of Wisconsin courses can be taken at your leisure. Most working professionals complete this thirty hour program in two years while working full time. The University of Wisconsin program is very affordable at $600 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state residents.

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    References

    • AACSB: http://www.aacsb.edu
    • University of Mississippi PMBA Program: http://www.olemissbusiness.com/mba/pmba/index.htm
    • University of Wisconsin Online Consortium: http://www.wisconsinonlinemba.org/