Anyone Aware of Accredited distance Ph.D. Programs?

September 21st, 2009 by admin

I’m an M.B.A. from a traditional university. I have a lot of experience with distance learning, and with the similarities between the distance learning environment and today’s business environment, I suspect more and more quality distance programs will continue to become available.

I’m looking to continue my education toward a Ph.D. in marketing. I have no illusions of one day teaching at an AACSB accredited institution without a Ph.D. from another. I would, however, like the option of teaching at a mid-tier reigional school. Is anyone aware of such a Ph.D. program?

There are several; none are top-tier. I know more than a few adjunct faculty members with degrees from:

Nova Southeastern University
Argosy University – student Reviews Of Argosy University
Capella University – student Reviews Of Capella University
Walden University – student Reviews Of Walden University
U Maryland – U College
Northcenteral University
TUI (formerly Touro International) – student Reviews of TUI
University of Phoenix – student Reviews Of University of Phoenix
University of South Africa

These are the “usual prospects” and none are particularly high on the traditionalists respect list. They are all regionally accredited though and legit.

You may want to explore traditional options that have a distance component. Many people work on their PhD at a distance – at least parts of it.

You will hear from some people that taking this route is a waste of time. If your option is DL PhD or no PhD then the DL PhD is better than nothing at all. If you have the option of a traditional program – that might serve your teaching objective a little better. The workplace is clearly beginning to embrace legit DL better and isn’t as negative about DL programs as is traditional academia.

On the other hand, with the significant increase in online programs at all levels, there is demand for online instructors in those programs. While the traditionalists think they have a better prospect at those jobs – many employers of DL instructors are starting to expect a DL degree among the candidate credentials. It’s much easier to teach in DL modes when you’ve been there yourself.

Just be sure to weigh all of the options you can find and to just walk past any of the unaccredited programs you find out there. You won’t find an AACSB DL PhD or DBA yet, though there are AACSB MBAs offered online now aplenty. It’s just a matter of time.

Note too: if you’re wanting an adjunct position somewhere – your MBA may well be sufficient if you also have some work or research achievements to back it up.

add: Jannsody, Strayer and UoP are on that list you provided from UTexas. Which is it, are they OK or bad? See, thing is, those for-profit schools are just as regionally accredited as University of Texas – Austin. They are the same in that regard. Reputations may differ but accreditation doesn’t. What we should be looking at is not whether a school is operated as a business or a charity (no college is really a non-profit at $30 – 100K for a degree) but instead whether they deliver an education that has utility. Of course academia thinks that the for-profit model is bad, it cuts into their enrollment (profits) and consumerises education. ☺

Add again: Prof Ranto’s doubts are not supported by the number of people who have teaching positions with a Nova, Argosy, or Capella Phd/DBA/EdD. They’re easy enough to look up on any colleges faculty list. Sure, it’d be better to have a PhD from Oxford, Harvard, or Berkeley – but everyone can’t do that.

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