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Sponsored Description: Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a land-grant research institution steeped in tradition whose mission it is to make the world a better place through its education, research and outreach activities. A pioneer in online distance education, WSU has been engaged in complete degree programs since the early 1990’s, and has over 55 years of experience delivering graduate management education. Washington State University’s online master’s degrees are distinctive because of the many important advantages we offer, such as the versatility needed to meet the demands of busy working students. Our impressive network of accomplished business alumni represents WSU and its students throughout the world. Their involvement provides WSU students with valuable support and networking throughout their professional lives. U.S. News & World Report ranked the WSU College of Business among the top 10 online MBA programs for 2014. WSU is also among two percent of business schools worldwide to achieve accreditation at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels from AACSB International. Our online programs include the MBA with concentrations in International Business, Marketing, and Finance as well as the Executive MBA. Both programs are 100% online and created with the working professional in mind.
Regional Board - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
I was very excited to enroll in this institution. The ratings and accreditations really had me going. I did my undergrad online so I had my own expectations and a very high standard for online education as my BS at Full Sail University was such an enjoyable and enriching experience. I am on my 4th class of my MBA program at this school and I am looking around to see which way is the fastest way out. I am extremely disappointed at their lack of technology compatibility especially with MAC computers. They have also come across as extremely disorganized when it comes to laying out the course of action for the courses. I do not see a uniform way of doing anything for the courses. When I did my undergrad there were certain requirements from every class that were the same across the board such as when online discussions were due. Things so simple as deadlines were the same. I found this extremely helpful when following a unified system. Also, this school does not provide the technology as other schools do. A lot of other institutions will send you a laptop completely equipped with software and plug ins required to successfully complete the program. I have found myself in a bind when some of the software and/or plug ins required in some courses are not compatible with MAC computers. They are not really as up to date with technology as some have rated them. A couple of the instructors I have had have been highly disorganized. The good thing about this school is that if you are able to show substantial work history and have credible recommendations you can obtain a GMAT waiver. That was a plus for me since I didn't have the time to prepare for this test. Just be aware that there's a lot of aggravation involved once enrolled. Plus, most departments are clueless about most general questions. You will be routed a gazillion times when calling to ask simple questions pertaining to financial aid, scheduling, requirements and deadlines.
I have enrolled in the online MBA degree program at WSU as of fall 2012. So far I am very satisfied with the program, the content of the courses, and the professors teaching the courses in particular. Once accepted, an online advisor helped with navigation through the program, enrollment questions, book orders and other logistics questions. I found the online advisor to be very accessible through email and phone. The professors are all faculty members located on campus, they are very knowledgeable and respond to questions within a few hours. I appreciate the fact that it is also possible to call them as needed. Courses are delivered through a virtual meeting place called Angel, where online discussions about reading assignments take place and some lectures are given. Other assignments are given through e-book websites. Courses run in 5 week installments with a week off between them. Typically students only take one course at a time. I was told that the content of the online courses is the same as the courses taught in the classroom. The program itself is very pretty rigid as there are not many elective courses, but it is very broad covering all the different aspects required for an AACSB accredited MBA program. It is possible to choose a concentration in marketing, finance, or international business. I personally would have wished for another concentration in economics. I chose the WSU online MBA program for its accreditation and (since I am working full time) there are no campus visits required. Visits however are certainly welcomed and so far I have visited the campus in Pullman once. From my visit I feel that online students are treated the same way as students on campus are treated. The tuition of $750 per credit hour is reasonable, I would say comparable to the average tuition of other AACSB accredited schools. I found that the school is very selective accepting students into the program. I already have a PhD in physics, but still had to clear all the admission hurdles as other students. I was however successful in obtaining a GMAT waiver as I have worked in management for some time. Selectivity in my opinion speaks for the quality of the program. Overall, I believe I made the right choice.
I was turned away from Washington State University's online MBA program for several reasons. First it is very expensive for a student without a Bachelor's degree in business to pay the $30k in tuition and an additional $10k in foundation courses. Second, I contacted WSU's distance program staff multiple times with questions only to receive a response two months later. Apparently they weren't monitoring their email on a regular basis.
Washington State University's Online MBA, has the same courses as the day time MBA program, you are also instructed by the same professors that teach the courses on campus. It is a young program, but due to it's smaller size it offers an outstanding networking environment.
WSU's MBA is really differentiated by its entrepreneurial focus, which is why I choose this program over others.
I also enjoy work along side real professionals, with families and face the same challenges. Overall the program has exceeded my expectations.