Christian Online MBA Programs: Value, Flexibility, and Affordability
Online higher education opportunities are rapidly on the rise. The 2011 Sloan Consortium Study, Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States [i] reports that online higher education enrollments continue to grow at a significantly faster rate than overall higher education enrollments. This increased need for online adult and graduate study programs opens many doors for Christian universities to serve the needs of adult learners while supporting a faith-based, ethical perspective in today’s turbulent economic times.
According to the MBA Alliance, almost two thirds of all MBA degrees are earned by part-time or distance-learning students. A wide range of students, including those considered “non-traditional”, can benefit from a Christian online MBA program. Here are three reasons why:
- A Christ-centered online MBA program can help prepare students to reach the next level of growth in their chosen profession while ensuring that their Christian faith remains at the forefront. Christian colleges and universities across the country are implementing ways to ensure that online learners receive a Christ-Centered education equivalent to that received by traditional on-campus students.
- In a challenging economic climate, MBA degrees continue to prove valuable in gaining employment. The 2011-2012 Michigan State University Collegiate Employment Research Institute’s annual Recruiting Trends report [ii] found that the total available positions for MBAs will be six percent higher this year than last, marking the third consecutive year of expansion in opportunities.
Christian Online MBA programs provide opportunities for “non-traditional” students—working adults who are employed in part-time or full-time jobs, those with children, and those who maintain service to their community—to take classes at times that are most convenient for them, and that accommodate their other priorities and responsibilities.
According to the 2011 Sloan Consortium Study, Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, over 90 percent of all academic leaders surveyed rate the scheduling flexibility of online programs as “superior” or “somewhat superior” to that for face-to-face institutions.
Current employment experience can be very beneficial to an online MBA student. By continuing to work part-time or full-time while enrolled, an online MBA can prove more affordable than attending a traditional classroom program. Many schools offer program credits for work experience or students can consider pursuing corporate sponsorships, in which employers provide tuition reimbursement if the employee can demonstrate how their MBA degree will benefit their work.
[i] Sloan Consortium, Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning, I. Elaine Allen, Ph.D. and Jeff Seaman, Ph.D.
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[ii] Michigan State University, Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Recruiting Trends: 2011-2012, A Michigan State University Publication prepared by The Collegiate Employment Research Institute and The MSU Career Services Network, Dr. Phil Gardner, Principal Investigator Director, Collegiate Employment Research Institute
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