Dog Earns MBA Degree Online

September 30, 2009

Chester Ludlow, a dog, earned his MBA degree online, via the “Life and Career Experience” program at Rochville University.

Chester is believed to be the first dog to “earn” his degree online, based on life experience.

Chester (or his master) sent in his resume to Rochville University, along with $499, and a week later, he got a packet in the mail from a P.O. box located in Dubai. Its contents contained an MBA diploma, college transcripts and a certificate of distinction in finance. Chester also received a GPA of 3.19, but for an additional $100, he could have graduated from grad school with honors.

“The difference between earning a college degree online or buying one is key,” says Vicky Phillips, founder of, a consumer group that reviews and rates online colleges and works to protect consumers from diploma mill fraud. points out that Rochville University claims accreditation with the Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation and the Board of Online Universities Accreditation, but the Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation doesn’t recognize either of them, said.

“It matters which agency accredits your online college,” said Phillips. “Want to ensure your fellow alumni aren’t real dogs? Make sure your online college is accredited by a recognized agency.”

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