Amongst all the traditional online degree programs, Baker College Online should be considered one of the most successful. The college offers online degree programs from the Associate degree level to the Doctorate. Baker College has been particularly successful in the business degree arena and their Associate, Bachelor and Master degree programs have been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). This review covers the Baker College Online MBA program offered via distance learning via the internet.
Requirements for Online MBA Degree
Baker College's online MBA program is very similar to many other traditional and online MBA programs. Even so, one key difference is that the college operates on a quarter hour system whereas many colleges utilize the semester hour system. Baker College's online MBA requires 49 quarter hours in order to complete the degree and of these, 20 quarter hours will be in a specialization except for the accounting track that requires 53 quarter hours.
This MBA program has a core set of 9 courses and each is 4 quarter hours long except for BUS 609 Graduate Seminar which is 1 quarter hour. The other courses are: Human Resource Management, Human Behavior Management of Organizations, The Financial Environment, The Economic Environment, The Marketing Environment, Management Information Systems, Research and Statistics for Managers, Strategy in a Global Environment.
The various specializations that a student can earn at Baker College in the MBA program are: Accounting, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, Information Management, Leadership and Marketing. Much like Kaplan University, Baker utilizes the 6 week term.
Tuition, Military Discount, Other Costs and Benefits
Tuition at Baker college compares favorably to Kaplan's. While Kaplan University's tuition is slightly less per hour than a number of other online to most online programs. The credit hour cost is 5 and for the 49 quarter credit hour program the cost of the MBA is ,905. For the 53 quarter hour Accounting MBA, the cost is ,285. The school also has a number of other fees, such as application and graduation fees, but these are very modest and should not adversely impact any student from getting their degree.
With Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) reporting that the average expected starting annual salary for new professional hires from MBA programs to be in the K range in 2006, the price of the MBA can be a good return on investment (ROI). Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average earnings for a person holding a graduate degree and between the ages of 45 and 54, is about ,000. It should be noted that these are averages and that major metropolitan areas the amounts are generally higher.
Baker College does not offer a military discount for any of its programs but the college does qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Distance learning students will not be entitled to the housing allowance of the Post 9/11 GI Bill because the MBA program is attended online only. For veterans using the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill, taking one course per six week term enables the veteran to meet the requirement for full time attendance.
Overall Assessment of Baker College Online MBA Degree
This MBA program is reasonably diverse, but the 6 week terms may not allow material to be covered in depth, much like a similar assessment of Kaplan's program. Even so, the school will appeal to working adults who become online students in order to obtain the necessary academic credentials to advance their career. In many cases, these are accomplished professionals who need a check in the box to get the next promotion, or have the desire to add something to their resume.