Inside an Online MBA Diploma Mill

He denied that Rochville could be called a “diploma mill”: “[The charge] doesn’t make any sense. A diploma mill is—you want to get a degree from Stanford or Oxford. A diploma mill prints up the degree for you, like one from Yale, and it’s not verifiable. You can’t use it in the workplace.” He referred to Rochville’s accreditation (though neglected to mention the disclaimer on accreditation) and to their verification process. His definition is narrower than the one provided by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2003 fact sheet (PDF), which identifies a diploma mill as a company that, among other markers, sells degrees, requires very little time for them, and offers them “based solely on experience or resume review.”

Nelson did refer to the “conventional” option offered for those without work experience, in which people could take classes, exams, and so on, and pay the $12,000-$16,000 for the two-year program, but in multiple conversations with Rochville, class never seemed to be in session nor could representatives tell me how to receive information about these classes or how many people signed up for them. Nelson spoke mainly of the degree I could receive in a week and of the special discount I could receive that day ($820 for a Master’s).

Can we trust a Rochville rep in general? Phillips is wary.

“I’ve had to deal with a lot of blowback, including personal threats,” Phillips says. But she adds that she doesn’t regret ripping into Rochville. “I’m sorry, but they gave a degree to a dog!”

No offense, Chester. But I decided against “earning” a Rochville MBA myself.


  • Morty Mooze

    Why pay for a fake Diploma?
    Be creative. MAKE YOUR OWN.
    Share with friends.
    Everyone can sign for everyone else!
    Looks good.

  • It’s situations like this that makes me wish that more people were educated about the importance of AACSB accreditation. With slip shot organizations like this doling out MBA’s, the value of the degree is called into questions in the mind of both employers and the public in general.

    If the public was informed of the meaning, importance and usefulness of those programs accredited by the AACSB, than programs like these would be less of a threat. Employers and potential students would know what to look for and immediately know the difference between an impressive sounding program and a truly effective one.

    After all, it’s those five letters that make the three letters of the MBA truly mean something.

  • Chester,

    My sincere apologies. Of course, you’re a pug–and not merely a dog. Indeed, a well-educated pug.

  • Thank You, John for telling my story.

    I am indeed a real dog with an online MBA.
    However, to be fair to Rochville I am not just a dog, but a pug.

    We are known for our superior intelligence.

    Chester Ludlow. MBA
    On Patrol for Get Educated – Diploma Mill Police