Online/Distance Education MBA - Prospects and Opportunities
Research studies do indicate that online MBA education and qualification have value.
In 2001, researchers at the business school did a three way comparison. They compared CSU distance MBA students to CSU campus MBA students, to CSU executive MBA students. The comparison occurred along 12 academic competencies.
All three groups took virtually the same curriculum, having the same instructors, with the same AACSB-accredited degree being awarded at conclusion. Researchers sought to find if delivery method made any significant difference.
The Athabasca University Distance MBA Study
In 2001 Canada’s largest, government-approved, distance university, Athabasca University, http://www.athabascau.ca/calendar/grad/business.html, released the results of a study that compared their non-residential MBA students to campus learners at the highly-regarded University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
The Ivey School offered only a residential degree, while Athabasca University’s Centre for Innovative Management (CIM) offered only a distance degree. The CIM MBA degree was converted to interactive Internet delivery mode in 1994.