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I recently retired and want to get back into pursuing higher education.

I am happily married and live in Los Angeles. So, I am somewhat geographically constrained concerning my choice of MBA programs to attend.

I have now seriously considered online MBA programs, but I'm worried about the quality and perception and other potential risks of online degrees.

Another obstacle I face is that my employer will likely say that I was not a "team player" or a "good leader" for their organization. Since MBA programs require so much teamwork and group projects and leadership skills, I don't think I am a good fit for traditional programs, hence the online programs would be better suited for me.

Can anyone provide some general comments about going the online MBA route? I wish to become an Assistant Professor of Economics and Accounting. So, I want to know how an online MBA will impact future employment in academia.

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    Would you please clarify I recently retired and my employer? – scaaahu Apr 20 '16 at 2:36
  • It will take you out of consideration for any faculty appointment. MBAs are headed to industry; to teach, you need a relevant Ph.D. This doesn't depend on whether your program is online or not. – gnometorule Apr 20 '16 at 5:32
  • @scaahu: I assume OP means their former employer. An MBA application typically has letters by former supervisors, peers, and such (I've written those myself for such applicants). See, e.g., here. – gnometorule Apr 20 '16 at 5:48
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    @gnometorule Sounds like an answer. Can you post it as one? – ff524 Apr 20 '16 at 6:20
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It will take you out of consideration for any faculty appointment. MBAs are headed to industry; to teach (be hired on tenure track), you need a relevant Ph.D. This doesn't depend on whether your program is online or not.

Come to think of it, depending on how interesting and high-level your prior job was, and if teaching (as opposed to research) interests you, you could target an adjunct position instead.

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