Planning to pursue Distance MBA? Read This

graduation-2613176_960_720MBA or Master of business administration is one of the most popular post graduation courses in India. MBA can be pursued by anyone who has an undergraduate degree in any field which gives a high edge to one’s resume if they want to work for some company and give many skills and knowledge for those who want to start their own business. Now a days distance MBA is getting popular with rapid increase in number of students taking admission every year.

Distance MBA, as the name suggests, refers to the MBA programme which is offered in virtual mode. Unlike full time MBA students, the Distance MBA students need not visit the brick and mortar institute every day to receive lectures from professors.

Earlier, the institutes used to send books and study materials by post and conducted special lectures or exams for which they had to visit the institute or assigned centre which used to be called as correspondence MBA; students used to prefer correspondence MBA in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi or other metro cities. Now, with the advancement of technology, the students can attend classes through video lectures or conference; interact with their batch mates and professors online by sitting at any location.

Many professors, professionals and educationalists believes that distance MBA does not offers as much exposure to a student as it is available in class room MBA. So, let’s take a look at all the pros and cons of pursuing distance MBA-

Benefits of distance MBA-

  • Pursuing a job along with studies made easy:A major group of students who actually opt for distance education are those who don’t want to give up their jobs but want a higher education, too. Distance education comes as a blessing for such working professionals. You can study on the weekends, when you’re back from work or even in the middle of the night. You get to learn while you earn!
  • Flexible class schedule: In distance education MBA the student decides his timing as per his or her convenience. If you have chosen the mode of classroom study, then it is up to you to choose the location and timings of the classroom. This way, your regular schedule is not hampered and you can complete your degree within the stipulated duration as well. In case you are not able to attend a particular class, you are sent study materials for the day via email; you can study from that whenever you want.
  • Cost efficient: The fee of regular MBA programme is invariably high. Not everyone can afford such high fees. Thus, many students drop the idea of pursuing MBA programme because of unavailability of funds to invest. But distance MBA takes care of this problem also as its fees is low and affordable for everyone.
  • Technologically advancement: The mode of delivery of the course mainly takes place through online video lectures or webinars, sending study materials through online mode or email. The assignments can also be submitted through online channels.
  • Admission Timeline: While in regular MBA, students have to wait for one academic year cycle to get admission, in distance MBA the case is different. The admission cycle is round the year. Generally, the institutes have multiple admissions cycle in a year, making it a round the year process. The following table brings to you the admission timelines of the top Distance MBA Institutes.

Demerits of distance MBA-

  • Complicated technology:Overdependence on technology can be a major drawback in distance learning mode of education, especially when the learning takes place in an online environment. Any malfunctioning software or hardware can bring an ongoing class to a standstill and interrupt the learning process. Similarly, if a student is not computer and tech savvy, his learning experience can be dissatisfactory.
  • Questionable credibility of degrees:Even though distance and online education is starting to get recognition, there are still a lot of fraudulent and non-accredited degrees being offered. With the increase in the number of distance/online programs, the numbers of scam operators are also rising. This affects the credibility of recognized distance learning degrees among prospective employers.
  • Less exposure (Network and Market trends): One of the major drawbacks of pursuing a distance MBA is that you are left out of the MBA networking and market trends. Unlike regular MBA students you don’t get a chance to build network or interact with various kind of people in the industry. You do not get any opportunity to interact with your classmates. In a distance MBA programme, you are limited to your virtual classes or projects. Also, learning market trends from live experiences and case studies in not possible in distance MBA.
  • Lack of Discipline: As such there are no hard and fast rules and regulations in a distance programme. Unlike regular MBA students, there’s no compulsion in attending virtual classes. One can re-appear for the exams if failed in the first attempt. The candidate will be not asked to take the exams on given day or schedule. The flexibility calls for self-discipline and focus to complete the programme. One has to have self-motivation to attend classes and webinars regularly and study hard and pass the exams in minimum attempts.
  • No direct contact with faculty: Classroom study gives the students the opportunity to interact with their faculty in any problem, confusion or question; however, distance MBA lacks direct contact with the faculty. The only way to contact the faculty is through e-mails or video call. Most of the times, the candidate has to solve problems on their own or take tuitions.

Reading both the side above, a student can himself analyze, judge and decide for his choice, if distance MBA is suitable for him or not and complete his dream of pursuing distance MBA. There are various institutions offering the course such as distance education by Subharthi University, School of distance learning by Amity University, ICFAI University, IGNOU etc.

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