What is the perception of Online MBA's in consultancies?

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Nathan asked on Nov 14, 2018

WIth many new programs comming out, how are online MBA's perceived in MBB or in any consulatancy?

Thanks for all your imput.


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replied on Nov 14, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

I am not aware of a single online MBB being "target school" for MBB. Other consultancies may accept them, but probably only rarely. Besides the lack of brand name, your main difficulty will be overcoming the common perception that online degrees are watered down and you just need to pay to get the piece of paper. Shaquille O'Neal got an MBA from the Phoenix University, but I don't know anyone who thinks of him as a real MBA.

I think your best bet is to find someone who did an evening or executive MBA, and who will understand how hard it is to actually pursue graduate studies while holding a full time job. I did it, I know it is not easy. But even I still don't view online MBAs are 'the real thing'.

My advice to you: if you want to join MBB or even a strong Tier2 consultancy... do a regular program

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replied on Nov 18, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Very little value...

To make a better informed/educated decision, i would look at ranks such Financial Times + Poets 6 Quants.

On top of that... is a lot about personal preference. Mine, US.

Good luck!

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Anonymous replied on Nov 15, 2018

Couple thoughts:

- An online MBA will not be respected as a "real" MBA. However, if you did an online MBA course while working, this might be viewed positively, but you likely wouldn't fall in the "MBA hire" pool - either the experienced hire pool, or the regular undergrad pool depending on years of experience

- I have heard of a few people that did evening class MBAs, but also have good extenuating circumstances/reasons for why they couldn't do full time (E.g. very sick parents)

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replied on Nov 14, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Closer to zero I would say. It is not even considered as an MBA. Might be just an extra point in your resume, but not a game changer.


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