Experts Recommend Five No-Brainer Alternatives to the Traditional MBA

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Specialized academic and training programs require less time and money, yet still result in improved marketability

Programs selected include specialized academic and training programs which require less time and money than the traditional MBA, yet still boost desirability in the job market...

Tanjent Communications has released their top five picks for MBA alternatives, leading up to the 2010/2011 school year. Programs selected include specialized academic and training programs which require less time and money than the traditional MBA, yet still boost desirability in the job market.

The list includes an online graduate program from Clemson University, as well as Indiana University, a “Mini-MBA” program from the University of Buffalo, a selection of PR graduate programs, and an online executive MBA program from the University of Wyoming.

“A lot of people are thinking about business school for the fall right now,” commented Thomas Heim, owner of Tanjent Communications, publisher of MBABuzzKill.com and MiniMBAGuide.com. “We’ve done a lot of research on alternatives, and we wanted to share them with prospective students before they made any major commitments.”

Clemson University offers a Master of Human Resource Development online. Human resource development is an in-demand career field right now, and will be well into the future, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The degree takes two years to complete and costs approximately $20,000 in total tuition.

If someone wants the reputation of a power-house business school on their resume, yet doesn't want the commitment of an MBA, Indiana University offers an MBA alternative: a 30-credit Master of Science in Strategic Management online. The degree can take as little as 18 months to complete. Tuition is around $30,000 for the entire degree.

For those looking for a general business education with only a few months to dedicate, “mini-MBA” programs stand out as alternatives to the full MBA. The University of Buffalo offers an online mini-MBA for under $1,000.

Public Relations is a booming career field, and an assortment of schools now offer graduate programs for PR careers switchers and communication professionals looking to advance their careers. AreYouPR.com offers a complete list of PR graduate programs which includes schools such as Georgetown, USC, NYU, and Syracuse.

Finally, for more experienced professionals still looking for an MBA degree, the University of Wyoming offers an online executive MBA. Tuition for the entire program is less than $20,000 and the course of study can be completed in two years. Also, the program is accredited by the AACSB, the gold standard in business accreditation.

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