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Choosing an Online MBA Program in Jamaica – 4 Things You Need to Know

A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is an effective way to gain an advantage over other job searchers in Jamaica. Having an MBA will make your resume stand out in a crowded job market.

An MBA can also give you the skills you need to start your own business.

Thanks to the internet, choosing an MBA program in Jamaica is easier than ever: there are hundreds of different online universities all over the world which provide quality, competitively-priced education programs that can give you an MBA in just 1-3 years.

Before you sign up for a school, here are 4 things you need to know about choosing online MBA schools in Jamaica:

4) It’s Never Been Easier to Get an International MBA

Thanks to the internet and modern communications technology, it’s never been easier to attend school internationally. Whether you’re in Kingston or London, you have access to the same learning materials and opportunities.

What does this mean? It means you can attend university in places like the United Kingdom or America without actually needing to go to these places. You can view lectures online, access course materials, and have face-to-face conversations with professors.

In fact, a growing number of MBA programs are catering especially to Jamaicans. Southpoint Education International (SEI), for example, operates an office in Florida which caters directly to Jamaicans. SEI is a regional representative of Edinburgh Napier University, which is one of the top-rated schools in the entire United Kingdom.

3) Jamaica Has Just One Accredited MBA School

If you want to get an MBA in Jamaica, you only have one option: go to the University of the West Indies in Kingston. That school offers a 29 month executive MBA program at a price of 1,800,000 JMD, or about $16,000 USD.

UWI’s Mona School of Business is the only accredited MBA program in Jamaica – so it makes sense that thousands of Jamaicans pursue online MBAs from international schools every year.

2) Want a Job After School? Pick a Reputable Online MBA Program

You don’t have to look far to find online schools in the United States. There are literally hundreds of online colleges. Unfortunately, many of these schools lack accreditation or regulation. Many are designed exclusively to make a profit and will charge anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 for a subpar online MBA (5.7 to 11.4 million JMD).

Worse, these schools rarely have the reputation needed to get a good job out of school – and they don’t give you the skills needed to launch your own business.

That’s why many well-informed students are turning to other countries for online schooling: the UK has much stricter academic regulations, which means schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England tend to offer higher-quality, lower-priced online MBA programs.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to do your research: but if you’re expecting to get a cheap and easy online MBA from a shady “clown college” and immediately get an excellent job after graduating, then you may be out of luck.

1) More Jamaicans Are Getting MBAs Than Ever Before

Jamaica’s education has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past 20 years. In 1999, Jamaica’s adult literacy rate was just 79.92%. Less than ten years later, in 2008, it stood at 86%.

Post-secondary education rates are also rising. In 2010, approximately 1 out of 5 Jamaicans had some type of college or university education (21.84%). That number is expected to rise to as high as 30% by 2016.

Why are more Jamaicans seeking education? Jamaica has a growing middle-class of competitive jobseekers who have realized the enormous benefits of an international education. Jamaicans who receive international MBAs are more likely to earn better salaries and secure a job immediately after graduating.

Whether you want your resume to stand out from a pile of competitors or you just want to broaden your worldview, it’s never been easier to choose an online MBA program in Jamaica.