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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

MBA Jobs: Online MBA Makes Students Stand Out To Global Employers | BusinessBecause - MBA Distance Learning

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"Employers see Birmingham Business School’s AMBA-accredited Online MBA as a credible alternative to traditional classroom-based program" notes Marco De Novellis, Journalist & Editor at BusinessBecause.

Birmingham's is the first 100%-online MBA to be accredited by AMBA
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More graduate students are pursuing online business degrees than ever before. According to GMAC, demand for online MBA programs is outstripping that for classroom-based part-time and executive courses.

In 2015, the Online Learning Consortium reported that one in four higher education students in the US takes at least one of their university modules online. The number of distance-learning students is also increasing by almost 5% each year.

“You don’t have to be sat at a desk in an office to do your job,” says Gloria Barber, who’s worked for Birmingham Business School’s Careers in Business department for almost a decade.

“How we work is also reflected in education. Distance-learning has become more accepted, and the online learning experience has really improved.”

For global employers, online MBA and business master’s programs have become credible alternatives to traditional classroom-based courses.

“Employers are far more accepting now of online degrees than they used to be,” Gloria explains. “I spend a lot of time speaking with employers, and I don’t think any of them ask me about the method of delivery. They’re more interested in where the MBA is studied, the rankings, and the accreditations.”

Birmingham Business School positions its Online MBA as a direct alternative to the full-time MBA program. Online MBA graduates receive the same certificate as graduates from the full-time course. 

Last year, Birmingham’s Online MBA became the world’s first fully-online MBA to be accredited by AMBA, raising the profile of 100%-online programs internationally.

The University of Birmingham is part of the UK’s Russell Group – world-renowned for its faculty and research facilities, and with strong links to top MBA employers like Accenture, HSBC, and PwC...

Daniel Chicksand, director of Birmingham’s Online MBA, says application numbers have grown year on year. “The future is for more flexible learning programs,” he says. 

“The Online MBA is in no way an easy option. The expectations for students are the same. [And] employers see the Online MBA in the same light as the face-to-face program.”

Source: BusinessBecause