What’s the most popular major in the United States? If you guessed “business,” you’d be correct. With companies large and small jockeying for position in the ever-growing global marketplace, opportunities abound for talented graduates.
Positions often pay well, too. The National Association of Colleges and Employers projected the starting salary for business graduates in 2018 as $56,720 for those with a bachelor’s degree and $69,756 for those with a master’s degree.
While many students choose a broad degree program, others zero in on particular business concentrations. Many places offer these niche studies online, providing a convenient way for adult learners to advance their careers. Here’s a look at four such programs:
Do you dream of building a company from the ground up? New businesses fail at an alarming rate, so it pays to learn how to maximize success before undertaking the endeavor. Students graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship program at Ashford University come away with a solid understanding of concepts such as innovation, venture capital, and business plans. They take one course at a time online, each for a period of five weeks. Some choose to add a specialization in logistics management to their studies in order to gain knowledge about supply chains, transportation, and distribution.
Ready to make your mark in the hotel and food industry? The Bachelor of Business Administration program at American InterContinental University includes an option to pursue a curriculum derived from Le Cordon Bleu’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs. Online classes cover topics such as dining room management, inventory control, event planning, and identification of customer trends. Beyond the business aspect, students also gain an appreciation of cuisine and its role in society through a class in gastronomy.
Are you a church leader or worker who’d like to see your religious institution and its outreach prosper? To operate efficiently and best help the people they serve, churches need to carefully manage their resources. The Master of Science in Church Management program at Villanova University develops business acumen while still maintaining a faith-based perspective. Courses cover topics such as budgeting, fundraising, compiling financial statements, and hiring effectively. After a one-week residency on Villanova’s campus in Pennsylvania, students can conveniently complete the entire two-year program part-time online.
Sports Industry Management
Want to secure a role in the increasingly competitive $600 billion global sports industry? Pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University can put you on track for all sorts of careers, from public relations for athletic teams to organizing international tennis tournaments. The curriculum covers areas such as ethics, leadership, management, communications, marketing, business, law, and finance. Students can complete the 10 courses required for graduation either online or on campus in Washington, D.C.