I'm currently enrolled at LSUS, but am over halfway done. So far, I have 4 "A"s and 2 "B"s. Is this a tough school, yes. Can it be done while working full-time, yes. I'm really taken aback by the reviews on here and it's why I felt compelled to write... Read More a review. Getting your MBA should be hard, or else it would take away from everyone being able to actually obtain one, right? LSUS is the best value AACSB accredited MBA, and I searched for 3 months prior to enrolling. I work full-time between 50-60 hours/week, I'm head of household with small children and I also take care of my elderly mother. Listen, if I can do this (taking one class at a time), then I feel like it's not impossible to do. Slow and steady and recognizing that although I'd love to double or triple up to finish, my life does not support that. I'll graduate over a total of 18 months and I'm ok with that. Typically reviews are only written by someone who is disgruntled, so here is my honest positive review of someone currently enrolled.
I enrolled in LSUS because it was the best value AACSB accredited MBA I could find, without a surcharge for being out of state. Intelligent.com also rated it as having the best data analytics focus for 2022. The LSUS MBA has been a very rigorous academic... Read More undertaking but unfortunately the MBA schedule is totally inflexible. Although the courses can be done in any order, each course is lockstep with one proctored exam every week. Each course week begins on Monday. You can take the weekly exam starting on Thursday night through and latest Sunday night each week. You canNOT take the exam ahead of time or fall behind. Even if you explain your day job work schedule is very hectic on a particular week and want to work ahead you will get NO hind nor quarter. I took one course at a time. If you try to take 2 courses at a time, ensure you have a lot of flexibility at your day job, and that you don't have to work more than 4-5 hours M-F at your day job. In between each course you get one week off to try and make amends to your family. IMHO the LSUS AACSB MBA courses are very good value for the money, but better suited for independent learners who have completed at least 2 years of university successfully. Class sizes are about 150 people. Some classes have Zoom tutorials which I have not attended. All exams can be done at home. Each exam starts with ProctorU examining your ID, and then taking over your computer and checking that you have no outside connections. The entire exam is video and sound recorded and later reviewed. Get a wide field camera for your computer so that during the exam video recording your entire face is visible onscreen. If part of your face inadvertently drifts off their video screen, you are accused of cheating, even though all you are doing is doing is a math calculation on scratch paper to the side of the laptop. Unfortunately, because the students are not treated the best at LSUS, the program will not attain top rankings. In summary, the LSUS MBA is a rigorous academic program and compared to other MBAs a very good value for the $; I can definitely see why the LSUS MBA is AACSB accredited. However, if you cannot put up with taking tests every week, this is NOT the MBA for you. If you are looking for an MBA with spoonfeeding lectures, and where the instructor will adjust the course timing for your day job schedule though, this is NOT the MBA for you.
I see several reviews that are bashing the rigor of the LSUS MBA curriculum, which is concerning when considering the fact that this is a graduate level business program. It should be rigorous. It should be difficult. It should be something that not everyone... Read More can comfortably do, because if they could, it would no longer hold prestige to possess an MBA. I think that a lot of people look at online programs and expect them to be easy just because they don't have to sit in a lecture hall to achieve it. On the contrary, I absolutely believe that online programs provide the learner with the benefit value equal to the effort that they put into it. I would definitely call this program rigorous, but I am also glad that it is. I would strongly prefer to go through a program that challenges me every step of the way and finish with a fraction of the cohort that I started with, rather than walk across the finish line with every one of them because the program was easy. Another complaint that I see a lot in these reviews is that the workload is overwhelming. Again, I'm surprised and concerned to see that given the nature of the program. While I wouldn't call the workload "easy" to manage, it is certainly doable. Personally, I have a full-time and a part-time job, I run other businesses on the side, I am simultaneously pursuing a separate graduate program at another university, and am the primary caretaker of my household. This is not intended to be contentious, but simply to illustrate that it is absolutely possible to maintain the LSUS MBA workload while still maintaining other responsibilities. Overall, I would absolutely recommend LSUS and specifically the Accelerated MBA program to individuals seeking to further their career. The caveat I would place on it is that if you already feel like you are overwhelmed with your current schedule and/or if you are not willing to carve out appropriate time to devote to a graduate-level program, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. There are easier MBA programs out there, just as there are certainly harder ones. And there are both more and less prestigious ones. There are cheaper (maybe?) and more expensive (definitely) ones as well. LSUS happens to hit a lot of great points - they are a great school with sufficient academic respect, they have a rigorous program that lends prestige over many other university options, and a learner would be hard-pressed to find a less expensive alternative. I have enjoyed my courses at LSUS and given the chance, I would choose this program all over again.