dcsimg

Online Business Degrees

Online business degrees can prepare graduates to enter the business world, or help current employees towards career advancement. Programs generally combine theoretical instruction with case studies of how actual companies handled real-world challenges. A business degree can make a student's credentials more competitive while providing decision-making know-how that may be applied to a wide variety of fields.

Online Degrees in Business

Time management is a crucial business skill, and online business schools offer students an opportunity to practice efficient time management while they pursue their degrees. Additionally, online business degree programs typically give students the flexibility to adapt learning to their schedules, which is perfect for anyone trying to fit studies around work or other responsibilities.

While there is no standard educational requirement for entry and advancement in the business world, a bachelor's degree would generally be considered the minimum requirement, while an advanced degree such as a master's of business administration (MBA) is often necessary to compete for higher-level positions. Business degrees can provide a job candidate with a background in the terminology and concepts likely to be encountered in business situations, and signal to potential employers that the candidate is serious enough about the field to have pursued a formal degree in it.

Business Degree Specializations

While some online business degrees offer a broad survey of business concepts, many concentrate in particular specialties relevant to the business world, such as management, marketing, human resources, and finance. Business degrees online include both undergraduate and graduate programs in general and specialized business studies. Here are just a few examples of the wide range of business degrees available:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management - Bachelor's degrees typically require the equivalent of four years of full-time study, which can be spread over a longer time period in part-time programs. A business management program will tend to focus on developing the type of analytical and decision-making skills necessary to best deploy an organization's resources given the competitive and demand environments.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources - Human talent is often considered an organization's most important resource, and a degree in human resources can teach a student about the wide variety of issues involved in handling an organization's workforce. These issues include employment law, compensation and benefits, staffing and training, and labor relations. A four-year bachelor's degree should provide a solid background in the fundamentals of human resources, while an advanced degree might be preferable for more specialized aspects of human resources.
  • Master's Degree in Finance - Naturally, there are a number of financial industry jobs that require specialized knowledge, but in addition, every business deals with finance on some level. Whether it is simple budgeting and cash flow management, or analyzing complex mergers and acquisitions, a master's degree in finance can help prepare a student for the critical financial issues that businesses face every day. Master's degrees are generally completed over the equivalent of two academic years (not counting the typical prerequisite of a bachelor's degree), though business professionals often pursue these degrees part-time while also gaining practical experience.
  • Master's of Business Administration - An MBA teaches the formal discipline of organizational management. It generally involves some exposure to all major functional areas of an organization, including operations, finance and accounting, marketing and sales, and human resources. Besides providing a groundwork of knowledge, MBA programs also put an emphasis on analytical decision-making, to produce executives who can turn their knowledge into effective business strategies. A student may pursue a two-year master's degree (or part-time equivalent) immediately after completing a bachelor's degree, though it is often preferred to combine this academic knowledge with some practical work experience.

Related Careers in Business

Careers in business are often closely related to a student's area of academic specialization. Here are some examples of careers that could correspond with the degrees described above:

  • Logisticians - These are people who manage the practical aspects of moving supplies and products through a company's production and distribution facilities. A bachelor's degree in business management, logistics, or supply chain management would be a good background for this field.
  • Human Resource Specialists - These professionals handle the basic functions involved in staffing an organization, from recruiting to administering employee benefits and personnel policies. A bachelor's degree should be sufficient to get started in HR, though a master's degree may be useful for advancement.
  • Financial Managers - Responsibility for managing an organization's finances can include formulating strategies to maximize return on investment or make the most efficient use of cash flow. While a bachelor's degree may be acceptable for some positions in this field, a master's degree would be a more competitive credential for higher-level roles.
  • C-level Executives - So-called C-level executives, including Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, and Chief Financial Officers, make the highest-level strategic decisions for an organization. Job performance and reputation are probably the most critical factors in winning these positions, but with MBAs becoming increasingly common among top-level executives, this credential would be helpful in competing for one of these highly sought-after spots.

Business Career Trends

Business conditions, and thus career opportunities, are somewhat subject to economic cycles. In addition, top-level jobs will always be relatively scarce, though highly rewarding. Generally speaking, however, there are ample opportunities throughout entry-level and middle management business positions in a wide variety of industries. The following are growth trends for the positions described above, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics figures (bls.gov, 2012):

  • Logisticians - 26 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020.
  • Human Resource Specialists - 21 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020.
  • Financial Managers - 9 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020.
  • Top Executives - 5 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020.

Sources:
Do MBAs Make Better CEOs?, by Francesca Di Meglio, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-28/do-mbas-make-better-ceos, December 28, 2012
Financial Managers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm, March 29, 2012
Human Resource Specialists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm, March 29, 2012
Logisticians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/logisticians.htm, March 29, 2012
May 2012 Occupation Profiles, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm#11-0000, June 12, 2013
Top Executives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm, March 29, 2012
Do MBAs Make Better CEOs?, by Francesca Di Meglio, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-28/do-mbas-make-better-ceos, December 28, 2012

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Showing schools in your area

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            M.B.A.
            • Do you have entrepreneurial visions to advance your career in the business world? Learn about the options available at GCU.
            • Earn a competitive bachelor's or master's degree in the areas of business administration, business analytics, accounting, marketing and more.
            • Many of our business degrees have attained elite accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
            • GCU nurtures the startup spirit, propelling your entrepreneurial visions on a powerful platform with opportunities to help you thrive.
            • Pursue a next-generation education with an online program or join Grand Canyon University's vibrant and growing campus community in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            AA in Business
            • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
            • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
            • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Business Administration

            Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities. Rich in history, Seton Hall is also an institution on the rise. U.S. News ranks us among the top universities, and we have moved up 13 places in just five years.

            • Online Courses
            Master of Business Administration

            The University of Saint Mary (USM) is an accredited institution that has been educating students since 1923.

            • Online Courses
            MBA - General

            The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland is recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools. Students who complete their master’s degree online become part of a network of over 60,000 Smith School alumni, including more than 8,500 MBA graduates, making them part of a powerful network of business connections.

             

            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Business Administration - Multidisciplinary
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Online MBA
            • Ranked #4 for its Online MBA in the U.S. by the Financial Times in 2016.
            • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
            • The D'Amore-McKim School of Business is accredited by AACSB International--the hallmark of excellence in management education.
            • Tailor your degree by choosing from 8 in-demand concentrations 
            • Consider our dual degree option - Online Master of Science in Finance/MBA 
            • Participate in optional domestic and international residency courses
            • Earn your MBA in as few as two years while continuing to work
            • Leverage our focus on professional experience - GRE/GMAT not required for admission
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Doctor of Business Administration

            Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family. Adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff foster a learning community where students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to enhance their lives and advance their careers.

            • Online Courses
            Management - D.B.A.
            • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
            • As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Business Administration (BS)

            The Secret to Getting Ahead Is Getting Started

            Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego® is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.