How to Handle Skepticism About Your Online Mba Degree

Earning an MBA degree is one of the best ways to advance a career or gain backing for a business in today's competitive business world. Having the three letters on a resume helps separate job candidates from the competition and separates evenly matched employees at promotion time. But what if you earned your MBA online and the decision maker earned their degrees back in the 20th century? The goal of this how to is to make sure employers and business contacts know that your online degree is just as valuable as one earned in the classroom.


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    Explain that your online MBA degree comes from an accredited institution and holds regional accreditation. This means that the program met the standards set by the U.S. Department of Education. The standards requirements for online programs are no different for online courses then they are for identical courses offered on college campuses.
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    If it applies explain that the program attended is tied to a traditional school and followed the same curriculum as the one offered on campus.
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    Detail the discipline and determination that was required to complete coursework, lessons, projects and the overall program. Explain that the process utilized and enhanced your time management skills, self reliance and problem solving skills because of the nature of online education.
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    Demonstrate your knowledge and ability to use cutting edge technology and new media for communication and team building. Detailing experiences of employing new technologies like chat rooms, email, instant messaging and web conferences to complete task and projects will demonstrate to an employer that you are well prepared for the global business environment.


  • If you earned an MBA that is not from an accredited or recognized institution it may be best to leave this off of your application or resume.

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