There has been a lot of media coverage of the online MBA trend and how some highly-ranked schools such as University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler, (https://onlinemba.unc.edu/) Carnegie Mellon Tepper and Indiana University Kelley (Kelley Direct) have started offering online MBA programs.
Are these online MBA programs respected the same way as the traditional 2-year full-time MBA counterparts? I have heard the degree granted is the exact same (ie. no differentiation at all between online or traditional) and the admissions standards are pretty much identical.
I broke down the pros and cons of an online MBA program below:
1) Still receive an MBA from a respected school
2) Continue to make money while going to school
3) Lower cost compared to full-time MBA program
4) Faster ROI
5) More flexibility in schedules, timing etc.
1) Lack of networking/relationship-building opportunities with classmates
2) Lack of internship opportunities
3) Tougher to switch careers due to lack of internships and program is primarily designed for those who want to stay in their current fields
4) Potential negative stigma (the easy option compared to a traditional full-time program)
Just wanted to get some feedback and thoughts from people. Thanks!