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  1. In response to the claim that UMUC has an inferior online MBA, I disagree. First, UMUC is accredited and has been accredited for years. The link below shows IACBE accreditation since 2004. I guess research and facts are not a strong suit for Smith MBA holders.

    http://www.iacbe.org/memberpdf/UniversityofMarylandUniversityCollege.pdf

    Second, the Smith MBA must not teach its students that in an increasingly global economy, the delivery methods for information will change. This is reflected by the fact that most universities have adopted an online format. The links below are from the Smith school’s own online MBA as well as the Johns Hopkins University online programs.

    http://onlinemba.umd.edu/docs/UMD_MBA_Brochure.pdf

    http://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/online-programs/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=jhu+online&utm_campaign=Search+JHU+AAP+Brand+Tier+1&utm_content=Brand+Online+General+BMM&uadgroup=Brand+Online+General+BMM&uAdCampgn=Search+JHU+AAP+Brand+Tier+1

    UMUC was actually a pioneer in the online education format. Lastly, as far as its degrees, they teach students to critically think foolishness such as this misinformed blog and have been awarded by many organizations. No, not everyone that graduates from UMUC, is a genius, but neither are all the graduates from College Park or Hopkins; I know a few. Also, UMUC stands as a world leader in education as reflected by the current winning of the Global CyberLympics by its Cyber Padawans team (link below). What more is needed to display the credibility of the UMUC degrees than a world champion on an issue that is a concern to most global companies today? Maybe college park should have consulted with UMUC when designing its security protocols instead of arrogantly believing it was superior and getting its data breached.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/umuc-cybersecurity-team-wins-an-international-competition/2014/09/30/ebe4af86-48a7-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    UMUC MBA Grad 2012

    • Hi Ricardo,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. As you mentioned, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has a new online MBA degree which has already been rated one of the best in the country.

      Smith Online MBA Ranked #4 by Poets & Quants

      Many companies will not recognize a business degree from a school that is not AACSB accredited, the gold standard of accreditation for business schools. You can find out more here: http://www.aacsb.edu/en/accreditation/

      My blog helps prospective students understand that not all MBAs are created equal. If you are willing to put the time and money into a top-ranked MBA degree, you will be rewarded with the skills you need and a fantastic network that will help take you to the next level.

      However, you need to find the right fit. Any advanced degree is better than none at all. In the past, top-ranked MBA programs did not offer online MBAs. Given the changing times, many b-schools are offering online or blended MBA programs. The Smith School recently started a blended program in DC, where half of the program is online and half is in-class.

      I would urge anyone who is planning to get an MBA to do their due diligence and research all types of programs. Check out the rankings from Businessweek, U.S. News and Financial Times. All of these rankings are flawed in one way or another, but they will give you a good overall understanding of what a good MBA program should look like.

      UMUC offers an MBA program that anyone can take, as long as the prerequisites (a 3-credit fundamentals class or GMAT at the 70th percentile) are met. You pay the money, you put in the work, you get the degree. Maybe that’s the right path for some people.

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