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The Difference between an Accredited and Non-Accredited MBA Program

In today’s digital world, earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree has become more convenient than ever. Students no longer have to worry about geographic proximity. Many top notch schools are now offering online programs. People who have work or have family obligations are now seeking these types of flexible degrees more often because it allows them to pursue the advanced education they desire while still balancing work and family life.

However, this does not mean getting an MBA is easier. In fact, if you choose the right school, an online MBA degree will be every bit as challenging – and valuable – as degrees earned in a brick-and-mortar setting.

When researching an online MBA program, it’s important to know all schools and programs are not the same. It is important to know what those differences could mean to your future. One of the key things to look for in an online MBA program is whether or not it is accredited. At Widener University, the MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a highly respected accreditation that is recognized globally.

A school with AACSB approval is in a very select group that comprises fewer than 5% of business programs globally. Accreditation means the academic program has been thoroughly evaluated and has met the strict standards of the AACSB, which includes everything from teaching and curriculum to the quality of academic research.

Choosing a school that has been accredited by the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools will not only give you the peace of mind that you’re getting the best possible education, but also tells future employers you were serious enough to invest in an institution with the highest available educational standards.

According to the website Learn.org, accredited schools also have a better chance of helping you reach your career goals. Depending upon the career, some companies won’t consider a degree from a non-accredited program, and such programs might not qualify you for a license in some areas of work. Choosing an accredited program ensures your hard work is recognized and accepted by future employers and professional organizations.

According to the site OnlineMBA.com, AACSB accreditation offers the most rigorous evaluation of all accreditation programs, which is why it carries such weight in the business world. Therefore, choosing an online AACSB-accredited program ensures you’re getting the same quality education as you would find in a classroom setting.

According to the AACSB, studies from one company even show that students graduating from a school with their accreditation had better levels of on-the-job performance than those who graduated from non-accredited schools. The difference in knowledge and performance was so measurable that the company now offers tuition reimbursement to employees who earn a degree from an AACSB-accredited school.

With such an emphasis being placed on accreditation, it’s crucial to make your education choices wisely.

To learn more about Widener University’s Online Master in Business Administration (MBA) program, call 844-386-7321 or complete the request more information form and a Program Manager will contact you right away.