One of my peers mentioned how there is a new program emerging: The Executive Online MBA Degree. This is a degree taught by current UNR MBA staff – and for $2000 per class and 36 credits you can obtain your MBA degree online.
Do I agree with this?
I believe the flexibility would be wonderful.
I’d love to enroll in an online class or two.
But I think the most beneficial part of the MBA program is exposing the students to other peers focused on developing themselves professionally, learning public speaking skills beyond what we learn from undergrad degrees, and developing long-lasting personal and professional relationships.
I value the relationships I have developed within my classes. It’s a breath of fresh air to meet people who have the same aligned goals as myself. But more importantly – I learn so much from my peers that I have class with. I learn about what companies are great to work for. I learn the many different reasons why people are pursuing their MBA.
I don’t think an online degree has less value, but I personally value my in-class experience.
The fact that someone else can come to UNR and take online classes while I’m spending hours after work in class (plus additional hours after class doing homework) to obtain the SAME degree kind of IRKS me.
What irks me most though is that these people can get the same degree with FEWER classes. While I’m working on completing 51 credits, someone else can receive the same degree from the same institution with only 36 credits. That is FIVE FEWER CLASSES!!!
I personally don’t that that is too fair – why are we required to attend class with 51 credits whereas an online student only needs to take 36 credits online? I feel (and this is completely my personal beliefs) that by only requiring 36 online credits is weakening the degree I am pursuing. Will I apply for a job and have my employer say:
“Big deal – she has an MBA from Nevada. Anyone can get that degree online for only 12 classes.”
We’ll see – right?