Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (2)
At the time and maybe still today, Baker was the only MBA program authorized through the Army Tuition Assistance Program that offered an MBA 100% online, which was critical to my success in completing the degree while traveling back and forth between a 15 month deployment and 12 month deployment to Iraq. Their teachers have extensive experience in the fields they teach and the texts have modern concepts and examples to make the learning experience excellent. The digital library was extensive but sometimes difficult to navigate. I highly recommend it to any soldier looking for an MBA. Their bookstore, teachers, and financial office all were willing and able to work with the difficulties of being educated in austere combat environments with poor internet connectivity and slow mailing times. Plenty of my classmates were civilians, so it clearly works for them as well. I have since retired and my MBA from Baker was critical in my rapid employment in the civilian sector with a six-digit salary.
This College is a scam, & I don't recommend it. The purpose of my taking my second degree there was such that I could find a job in my field, which is accounting. Students go through a large number of very laborious, very condensed, and very boring courses. How interesting a course is is not something that concerns me, because at the time I thought that I was being trained to do something that would get me a job. The college will make you complete 75% of your major course work before you can be sent out for an internship. And now I see why! There are many, many more interns than there are internships. Also, since there are so few internships available, then they want to get the maximum amount of money out of you before you decide to not finish the degree program. I think the graduation rate for that college is only something like 15 percent. My experience speaking with the woman who does internships - - her name is Tammy Mattison - - was that she was very guarded and very cautious. Almost as if she had had the experience of telling people lies all day every day, and she did not want to say anything for which she could be held accountable. I sent out probably 100 application for an internship, with the resumes that were produced based upon the recommendation of Career Services and a career prep class. After it was all said and done, I got exactly one follow up. And they rejected me, but not before offering an explanation: they said that they were something like 20 applicants for every single position working at an $11 an hour job. The quality of the instruction is not something that could be commented on, because all courses consist of the same thing: reading massive amounts of material and then answering discussion board questions. Oh, and let's not forget that you have to answer detailed multi-step problems with absolutely no discussion, and sometimes poorly worked, poorly chosen textbooks. The textbooks are still another issue. They will buy the newest addition of the most expensive and obscure textbooks that I have ever seen. For Accounting, there are a large number of books to choose from. We could have used editions that were next to last, and gotten them for something like $25. Instead, these guys had us buy only the newest edition of lousy texts. And don't get me started on the "custom published" books that were cannibalized from several other sources. The at-the-time Dean (Jill Langen) was a shrew. The assistant Dean (Deb Cash) was no more helpful when I was trying to solve a problem. You can better spend your money on a trip somewhere (like the bathroom of a public train in Mainland China) and at least then you would have some relatively more pleasant memories.