ON THE WEB: The MBA Online

The net offers incredible new opportunities in the education field.
It’s now possible to study for an MBA at range of universities located across the world. That means access to top professors, academics and business minds globally. Or if you’d prefer, you can take something little closer to home and thoroughly research local offerings from the comfort of the office. In any case the net allows you to choose what you want to study, when you want to study it, and believe it or not, you’ll still be studying within community – albeit an invisible and international one. For this issue we’ve focused predominantly on international MBAs.

www.business-schools-colleges.com If you want to do an MBA at an American or English business school then start here. This site links you to four of the main providers of online MBAs in both countries. These sites turn up again and again on various search listings and links pages so I suspect they are safe and respected choices. They are the University of Phoenix, Norwich University, the American Intercontinental University Online and the Keller Graduate School of Management.

www.mba-distance-learning.com This is the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia site, and it provides one of the only Australasian MBA online degree options. The APESMA La Trobe University MBA Programme is reportedly the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The MBA on offer presently specialises solely in technology management but generalist MBA is currently in the process of being developed. Fees seem reasonable at $950 per unit and if you are studying from New Zealand you pay the same as if you were in Australia (which is less than the full international student rate). The site says there is community of 2000 active students at present.

www.online-learning-info.com This is the online education homepage for the University of Phoenix in the US, one of the main providers, it seems, of online university degrees for post graduate business playing host to 29,000 students across its online campus. Besides generalist MBA you can also specialise in accounting, e-business, global management, healthcare management and technology management. If you’re an international student the university will consider your application free of charge (there’s usually an application fee). The fee works on an online connect time principle of US$505 per hour. It’s expected that you’d usually use one to two online hours per month.

www.worldwidelearn.com/online-mba2.htm “world directory of online courses, online learning and online education”, this is another MBA links’ site though more international and exhaustive than the business-schools-colleges site. There’s fairly extensive list of universities offering MBAs online here from countries scattered literally across the globe. There are useful brief blurbs about the relative offerings but it will be difficult to decide where you want to study without some hard graft and research as the online MBA offering tends to start sounding repetitive after while. An excellent resource.

www.auckland.ac.nz None of the New Zealand universities seem to offer online MBAs as yet, surprisingly Massey – known for its extensive extramural offerings – doesn’t seem to have picked up the e-education gambit. If you want to know about the well-respected University of Auckland MBA offering you’ll find it here.
Good MBA hunting.

Damon Birchfield is an Auckland-based freelance writer.
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