Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6

What Employers Really Think About Online MBAs

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If you are looking to advance your career but don’t have the time or money for classroom study, then an online MBA might be the right choice. There’s increasing sophistication and variety among online and distance-learning options (e.g. blended MBA programs, MOOCs, SPOCs, etc.), which means a growing number of candidates are now pursuing online MBAs. The benefits are attractive…

  1. Get the same curriculum as a classroom program and usually the same faculty. Basically you’re receiving the same quality business education at an accredited and reputable business school.
  2. You don’t have to relocate, so there’s less disruption to your life and less cost.
  3. Freedom to travel or relocate for work or personal reasons.
  4. You can keep your current job and your current salary.
  5. You can APPLY the learning to your current job. Applied learning gives you an opportunity to make a business impact today and to share real-world learning with classrooms peers versus post MBA or during a short internship.
  6. There’s no urgency to find another job. You’re working, you’ve got a pay packet so all’s good. You can focus and enjoy the MBA learning experience.
  7. Resources at your fingertips. Many of the services you’d get on-campus (e.g. career counseling, library access) are available online. If you have a blended program, a combination of on-campus and online learning, as they do at IE B-school, you can have meetings with career counselors and participate in employer networking events on campus.
  8. The virtual campus is very real. Online MBA classes and workgroups emulate the way real global business projects are undertaken. New, fast-paced, global businesses are moving to virtual team work, hot-desks, flexible work, and online communities to bridge departments/functions across global offices.

[digital-magazine-ad-3] Most of my team at Google and Microsoft, for example, were based in Europe or the U.S., and I worked with global recruiters. More than 90% of my engagement with my team and internal stakeholders was virtual. The business world and online MBAs are about effective asynchronous working (self-paced)  and synchronous (real-time) engagement. Employers need people who are comfortable with technology and know how to make an impact (e.g. facilitate decision-making, buy-in, and knowledge sharing), enable capabilities (e.g. helping others to do their jobs more effectively), and get business done fast using collaborative online tools and platforms.

  1. Online MBAs are usually cheaper than on-campus ones. In most cases, B-schools overheads are lower for virtual degrees.
  2. Flexible duration.  Online MBAs can be completed in as few as 2.5 years but can also be extended by several years.

DO EMPLOYERS WANT TO ‘BUY’ ONLINE MBA TALENT FROM B-SCHOOLS? Ok, I’ve shared 10 reasons as to why there’s increasing demand for online MBAs among students, but if you’re doing an MBA to advance or switch careers with a new employer, then you need to understand the needs and preferences of employers and how recruiters operate with your B-school when it comes to hiring MBA talent.