There’s been proliferation of online business degree programs. We’ve seen both extensive bachelor and emba’s (or online mba programs) that are being offered to students and executives alike. If you’re an executive or a manager where your employer defrays the cost or atleast half of the portion of the cost of an MBA, then you’re pretty lucky.
With the recession firmly spreading its tentacles into industrialized world, a lot of companies will be looking to cut back costs and improve their bottom line. A few years having an “EMBA” or an online degree would have been somewhat different and there is a possibility that HR might have seen that as not being the same as a regular MBA. However in today’s real-time world where things move at the speed of twitter and even university professors encouraging the use of Twitter in class we can confidently say that online business programs have arrived and are accepted quite well.
On the other hand, I’ve also read in the business newspapers that some students prefer to slog it out, taking long round trips to attend classes at their favored institutions. Dedication like that is worthwhile, and I don’t believe that will be lost upon company executives that a manager preferred the “old-fashioned” option over the easier “at-home” model. Of course there are get-togethers, and meetings with even online programs but it doesn’t have the intensity of a regular program.
So just like any other choice you have to make there are pros and cons of an online degree versus a regular degree. If you’re single, with few commitments, and not too much pressure at work then you might want to try the regular route but see if they give you an option to switch over should you find it too demanding on your time.
On the other hand, if your work is already quite stressful and you have family, then it would probably be best to go with the online option. Since this is an ethics blog, it might be best do a bit of soul-searching and finding the right balance without overdoing it. A work-life balance is important and you don’t want to get burned out.
Whichever option you decide, it would be best to consult with colleagues who’ve gone that route, your manager, and family members. Spend a few weeks thinking about it then see what your heart tells you.
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