Impressive job narrowing your choices!
I'm surprised you were not driven insane by all the permutations you had to factor in when comparing the hundreds of accredited online MBA programs we profile.
You've clearly done your homework and are ready to enroll.
$30,000 for the University of Scranton Distance MBA (AACSB, ranked regionally, solid reputation) VS. $62k for the Northeastern University Distance MBA (AACSB, ranked nationally, solid reputation).
What will you get for that extra $32,000???
More importantly, will paying $32,000 for the Northeastern MBA get you something of equal value in your learning experience or for your career advancement?
Here are the issues I'd factor in if I were in your boat ....
1) Reputation of the Chosen MBA School in Your Commute / Work Area?
You have chosen 2 distance MBA programs that operate in the Northeast and that are well established and known as residential colleges in the Northeast. I am going to assume that you live/work in the Northeast.
GetEducated studies of employer acceptance of online degrees reveal that employers hold a bias toward programs that operate residential degree programs in their own backyard.
Your 2 choices are fairly equal in terms of being "known" in the Northeast with NEU having perhaps a slight reputation edge on traditional prestige rankings for its grad business school for working managers.
On the other hand, Scranton is a private Jesuit school, and if you are working in a heavily Catholic area there could be a tremendous loyalty and brand clout + effect in holding a business degree from a private Jesuit school like Scranton.
If I lived in urban Massachusetts I'd give an edge to NE's business school for hiring.
2) Reputation of Chosen MBA school in IT Field Career Niche You Will Work In?
You said you are moving into IT but not what your expertise or emphasis would be. This may be extremely important.
Ideally, if you are changing careers this is a great time to use the grad degree to prep you for career change and new employment opportunities.
I'd consider this issue a HUGE factor if I were making the choice for a graduate degree on-line.
Which degree will best serve my intent to respecialize and position myself to move up in my new career?
The Scranton MBA has a new unique major area in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Offered in conjunction with SAP – the world’s largest ERP software company – the Scanton MBA program prepares professionals in the configuration and use of ERP software, enhancing managerial and technical skill sets, by teaching knowledge of ERP systems to any software environment or industry.
ERP is, however, a very specialized emphasis in IT.
Do you intend to work in ERP?
If you want to be certified in ERP-SAP systems this Scranton MBA major is a great major area, but it is very narrowly focused and not applicable to broader IT career work.
Northeastern U, on the other hand, has a broader MBA major in Technology Management ....
Do you want to move into Technology Management / IT as defined by NEU?
If so, NEU MBA is a great broad prep major for moving up in IT management.
3) Different Core Core Structure for Different Thinkers - Career Types
In addition to different major areas of study the CORE FOUNDATION courses for the Northeastern are less rigid or traditional than the Scranton program.
NEU's core is more aimed at open thinking and entrepreneurship.
The University of Scranton Online MBA on the other hand, offers more traditional courses in their CORE online course requirement structure.
In terms of coursework and study plans the Scranton MBA is more big business, corporate, nuts and bolts and traditional, whereas the NEU Online MBA is more fluid, more focused on top level strategic thinking and innovation for the entrepreneurial and global thinking type.
4) Student Satisfaction
Here is one difference that may or may not matter to you.
The Scanton MBA, I believe, uses the same faculty and course design as on campus. It is a traditional corporate program in every sense, except that it is offered online.
I believe the NE MBA program does not use the same faculty and course structure as the campus legacy program.
Well, that's it! I hope this is helpful.