What Are Correspondence MBA Programs?

Correspondence MBA programs are usually called distance learning MBA programs. Although correspondence programs used to be taught through the postal mail, most distance learning programs today are completed online. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview and Background: Correspondence MBAs

Correspondence courses are related to distance learning but typically refer to courses that are delivered by postal mail. Institutions send lessons by mail to students, and students complete them at their own pace. With the advent of computers, correspondence learning shifted online and came to be called distance, online, or electronic learning. Still, the advantages of a correspondence MBA program remain the same and include the following:

  • Students receive instruction anywhere in the world
  • Students complete lessons when they have the time
  • Students stay competitive and can apply what they're learning immediately
  • Students have access to new technologies as programs change
  • Students can take advantage of learning opportunities later in life

Important Facts About This Field of Study

Prerequisites GMAT or GRE scores, current resume, transcripts, professional recommendation
Concentrations Finance, international business, marketing, supply chain management
Possible Careers Financial manager, accountant, computer and information systems manager
Continuing Education Continuing education for certification is required in some MBA concentrations, such as accounting and finance

Available Programs

Today, correspondence, or distance learning, MBA programs are very popular around the world, especially in India, according to Education Resources Information Center (www.eric.ed.gov). Correspondence MBA programs are especially popular with working professionals who would like to continue their jobs while earning their MBAs. Many correspondence MBA programs are accredited, which means the degree is recognized by other universities and potential employers. According to BusinessWeek.com, there are more than 60 schools offering distance learning MBA programs, including:

  • Arizona State University
  • Colorado State University
  • James Madison University
  • University of Texas - Dallas
  • Carnegie Mellon University

Sample Coursework

Each university's MBA program is different; however, most MBA programs cover core business topics. When choosing a correspondence MBA program, you may want to look for a program that has similar course requirements as an on-campus program. Some common MBA course topics include:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Financial principles
  • Decision making and probability
  • Ethics and business law
  • International Business
  • Leadership

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