As online education finds its place in the world, one of the biggest challenges its proponents have faced is persuading the rest of the education community that it is as legitimate as traditional education. Online business schools are having a similar experience.
Employers are not always eager to hire graduates of online MBA programs — some don’t believe that they replicate the rigor and skills learned in an in-person program. But even more than the medium of the program, employers look at the reputation of the school granting the degree, according to recruiters. A prestigious name will carry more weight with employers than whether the degree was received online or not. And as more and more reputable universities begin offering business programs online, online MBAs — and other online degrees — have become more accepted.
Regardless, recruiters say there is no reason for recent graduates to even mention the online part on their resumes. They are in no way obligated to include it, and more often than not, recruiters say it will harm their chances with skeptical employers.
Schools are tackling the problem from their end, as well. In its announcement of its online MBA program, which will launch this spring, the University of Delaware emphasized that the new program will not be a downgrade from the regular program it already offers. It simply targets a different audience.
“This is not a diluted product, half an MBA or MBA ‘lite,’ but a full MBA tailored to the needs of a different target audience and offering the same quality MBA that our residential students receive,” the business school’s dean Bruce Weber told UDaily in October.