I don’t know what value businesses put on an online Masters degree. Maybe it is well accepted, or maybe it’s a joke. I don’t know. Frankly, I doubt the value of an online masters degree.
I know very little about Plymouth. I believe that there is a respected Maritime training program, but I have no idea about its masters programs. Talk to their placement office. Find out where their online masters program grads are working, then talk to some of them to get their perspective .
I have met a few lawyers in maritime shore jobs who also had solid law firm experience. The modern practice of law usually sucks. Half of associates are weeded out or burned out in the first three years.
I can think of a couple mates who went to law school, but never did any legal work, and are now in management or sailing again.
Law schools are selling a JD as the “ultimate generalist degree” in an effort to fill seats for which there are no future jobs in the legal profession. While I think anyone would benefit from legal training: critical reading, research, writing, and analysis skills, I think there is probably a good reason why there are so many one or two year MBA programs. Probably for every lawyer in management there are dozens of MBAs.
I’m not sure that there is much difference between the skills one learns in an undergrad business program or an MBA program. The difference is having an undergrad degree when you start, and having your masters program informed by your work experience and the experience of your classmates. In a masters program your learn the most from studying and doing case studies and projects with your classmates. If there is a dissertation, that is an intense and unique learning experience of its own.
Most American MBA programs do not have a dissertation because it takes too long. Nor do American MBA students typically work as research assistants or teaching assistants. In many American masters programs, but not the MBA, the masters program is essentially the first two years of the PH.D. program. Most students usually do have research assistant or teaching assistant jobs after the first year. This can significantly increase the number years to degree completion, but teaching experience is very valuable and it often pays enough to cover tuition and student living expenses.
The value of most things is directly related to how much it costs and how much time and effort it takes. Education is no different.