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Some of the Top MBA Programs Are Online. Are They Just As Good As In Person?

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If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that meetings, doctor appointments, exercise classes and school can be done virtually.

MBA programs appear to have perfected the process, with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announcing in August that it’s launching a 22-month executive $214,800 MBA in May 2023, where 75% of the program will be online.

If you do select an online MBA program, make sure it’s from an AACSB-accredited institution, the highest-level accreditation a business school can attain, says Angela Prazza Winters, assistant dean of student services at UIC Business. The University of Illinois Chicago, an AACSB-accredited institution, launched its online MBA in fall 2021 and it surpassed the traditional MBA in terms of new students starting in fall 2022.

Prazza Winters says one of the big benefits of the online program is that it allows professionals to continue their education without pausing their career. “Many of our online students are already working and looking forward to professional development and promotion opportunities within their current company,” she says. “Employers are thrilled to retain their valued employees while they are earning their degrees.”