Time and commitment demanded by an online MBA

Online MBAs have become a hot topic with many traditional universities now offering them in addition to their in-campus courses. Online MBAs offer much needed flexibility for graduates, giving them the opportunity to study at their own pace, own place.

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Who is it for?

It works well for studying parents, they don’t have to find childcare or spend even more time away from their families.

They are also beneficial for those who are in employment with challenging work schedules. These courses let the students design their own study schedule around their other commitments, taking away the stress of having a good work-study-life balance.

Most of all, online MBAs remove geographical barriers making UK MBAs available for anyone, anywhere in the world. Studying online means you don’t have to deal with immigration processes, cost of studying abroad and leaving friends and family behind.

 

Are they credible?

Online MBAs come in various shapes and sizes. Due to the high demand, many schools and universities have started offering them with varying time spans, course content and study modes. Some would promise to offer easier course work and be less time consuming than others. Although you might be tempted, beware that they may not be the most reputable degrees. A postgraduate qualification must reach certain standards in terms of course work and content in order to be internationally acceptable.

Prestigious universities such as Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offer highly-praised and reliable MBAs with exactly the right amount of workload. This is to ensure that while the course material will prepare students to face real-world challenges, it is not unnecessarily overwhelming.

 

How much study time?

Yes, online MBAs are flexible, but that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. You need a great amount of self-discipline to make sure you commit to a study schedule and spend at least the minimal hours recommended for the course. The amount of time you need to commit depends on the type of course you choose. Some MBAs offer fast track options that finish within 12 months where as others are more spread out and span over 18 -24 months.

A fast track course typically demands at least 18 hours of study time per week. On the other hand, a 18-24 month course would require about 10 hours of study time per week. The allocated hours include all MBA-related activities such as listening to lectures, viewing webinars and videos, doing assignments and conducting research for the dissertation.

The exact hours necessary for you may vary depending on your research methods, study methods and dissertation topic. But at the beginning of the programme 60% on the time will be spent on studies, 20% on research and 20% on assignments. However, towards the end, more time will be needed for research and assignments (about 40% each) compared to studies (20%).

 

Other requirements

An online MBA will require a good internet connection for multiple reasons. Apart from viewing the course work, you would need to conduct research for your dissertation and communicate with tutors or supervisors. However, online research alone will not suffice for your dissertation. You will have to conduct surveys and interviews to be, for which time and resources need to be allocated. Moreover, you might need to brush up your interviewing and communications skills if you hope to gain favorable results.

An online MBA is the least intrusive form of gaining a postgraduate qualification yet it still requires considerable time and commitment. A common mistake that students do is to underestimate the importance and commitment needed for an online MBA. If you think you will be unable to cope up with the workload, its best to wait for a better time. But will there ever be a perfect time?

Get in touch with Chestnut Education Group to secure your spot in the September 2019 intake for a reputed, affordable MBA from a prestigious UK university. ​

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