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Rameez Iqba Sugar Land, TX

Hello everyone. I am having a hard time deciding something that I need help with. As per my previous post I was trying to figure out if should pursue a second undergrad degree on Army's dime and I have decided to go with engineering. Now there are two schools that fit my needs National University and Excelsior College. Both colleges have great engineering programs but one is accredited by ABET and the other school , National University, is regionally accredited but none of their engineering programs are accredited by ABET. The plus point is it is four weeks per course and I can see myself graduating with them at a decent time compare to 8-12 weeks at Excelsior. Does ABET accreditation really matter that much in the civilian force for transitioning veterans or its the type of courses or coursework one completed?? Also I have no engineering background in the military so I will be starting from the bottom in the civil sector which I am ok with being it will be engineering related. Its just I can't figure out if being " ABET " accredited really matters that much or not. Thanks for any insight.

5 January 2018 5 replies General




Let me add my "two cents".

Look at getting a Juris Doctor. Lots of MBA wandering around looking for great jobs. After 25 years a a consultant to Corporate Boards and senior executives: - Corporations NEED someone who can keep them out of JAIL or out of court. Look at all the MBAs at Wells Fargo, at GM etc. If you were perhaps there as Procurement Manager, or Contracts Manager, etc. you would be worth your weight in gold. A JD will open corporate management opportunities that you do not know exist. I am on the Board at Univ. of San Diego School of Law. Let me know if I can help.


Susana Moraga Hayward, CA


What are your career plans for the MBA?
You will need to choose a focus, it seems that you need to do a bit of occupational research to better understand what you want to do.
There are resources on this site and online to support you in this endeavor.
Certain employers recruit from certain schools, so choosing the right school and the right program can be very important.
Good luck,


Rameez Iqba Sugar Land, TX

Thanks for all the insight guys . I think I'll just get into an MBA program then rather then trying to get a second bachelors . Now there are some questions on that as well . AASCB VS. ACBSB . I know aascb is gold standard but is the other accreditation really that bad ? Thank you for all your insight


Jeanne Perdue Houston, TX

Dear Rameez:
Oil companies generally only hire engineers from ABET accredited universities, so make sure your education meets those standards. That way you keep your job options open.
- Jeanne Perdue, Houston, TX


John Nerison Boise, ID

This is a very important question for people contemplating an engineering career. To become a professional engineer (get a PE) authorized to practice engineering in the public realm, you have to meet a certain requirements. The first one is to get a four year degree from an accredited engineering school. The organization who does the accreditation on university engineering programs is ABET. More information on this organization is found on This website has a list of engineering programs (schools) that are ABET approved. So I don't recommend pursuing an engineering program from a university that isn't on the ABET list. John P. Nerison, P.E.

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