How to Decide Which Online MBA Program is Best for You?
At first glance, online MBA programs can seem similar since most offer the basic core courses. But dig deeper and you’ll discover subtle, but important differences. Here are a few questions to ask before you enroll.
How connected is the university to the local business community?
According to the Reading Eagle, the top two employers in Berks County for 2012 were Reading Health System and East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. It’s evident that Alvernia University has strong ties to businesses in the region since two members of Alvernia’s board of trustees are seasoned executives at these organizations.
Do they truly understand the online learning environment?
Studying is an important part of earning an MBA degree. However, collaborating with others should also be an integral part of the program. That’s why Alvernia online MBA is offered in a cohort model; students all begin as a group and stay together for the entire two years it takes to complete the degree. This promotes a cooperative culture among the students and enables students to receive personalized attention from the faculty.
Where are their MBA graduates employed?
The Reading Eagle article mentioned above pointed out that Carpenter Technology Corp., St. Joseph Medical Center and Penske Truck Leasing all experienced job growth last year. Alvernia has MBA graduates working at all of these organizations. In addition, Alvernia’s online MBA opens doors around the country. One Alvernia online MBA graduate, Jennifer Krow is employed as senior financial analyst for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Is there someone available to answer your questions?
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to connect a name to a face. Beth Berret, Ed.D., SPHR, is Alvernia’s associate professor of business and coordinator of the MBA program. She works with both the online and on campus MBA students. She remembers what it feels like to be an adult learner and loves helping prospective students excel.