11 August 2011
- Last edited 26 October 2015
There is no such regionally accredited creature in the USA at present.
You may wish to try some of the European Online MBA programs. The one with the best reputation for admitting online business students with no formal bachelor degree is Heriot-Watt University, a leading residential Scottish business school.
Their Edinburgh Business School (EBS) is a top tier European business school. HW, like several UK distance learning schools, will admit adult students who do not yet hold formal bachelor or first degrees.
They admit such students provisionally. They will let you enroll in a few courses and if you pass those courses they will formally admit you to MBA study.
I would caution you however that this is a competitive school so the courses are tough. If you have no had formal training in accounting, finance and other academic business areas like economics you may struggle to understand the academic course language you will encounter. HW courses assume you know standard business formulas and theory in areas like microeconomics.
If your business skills were learned in the trenches these courses may be as hard for you as learning a foreign language. In addition, if you go the European route you will be exposed to European business ideas and terminology which is not the same as North American business modeling and terminology. This will make your studies more challenging.
The other option is to try and petition an American business online MBA program to let you in with no bachelors degree.
The reality is that almost any program which might consider this type of petition will want you to submit scores on an exam like the GMAT to show that you have the academic skills in math and formal quantitative reasoning to compete at the grad level.
If you have street smarts, but are short on book/ theory learning, you may not do well on exams like the GMAT/GRE.
I wish I could be more encouraging BUT there is such a difference between business street smarts and academic business knowledge that it may be hard to bridge the two and fit yourself into an academic MBA structure in the USA.
If others have been successful at getting into an American MBA program with no bachelors OR have tried the HW distance MBA let us know. Your experience tips would be helpful!
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