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WHEN YOU WISH YOU COULD BE LIKE THE COOL KIDS
When you start meeting new people, there’s always a standard greeting. You introduce yourself, exchange names, and before there was time for any awkward silence, someone inevitably asks, “So what is your major?” That way you can get to know a little bit more about the interests of the people you’re talking to, right?
Well, save your breath, because it seems everyone’s majoring in Business. You’d think they’d run out of room in the business building to fit all these business majors, but I guess not. In fact, of the 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees earned in 2010-11, business degrees accounted for 365,000 of those, more than any other major. Business degrees also made up the majority of master’s degrees conferred with over 187,000.*
You know what else is getting popular? Online Education. As we do our banking, planning, and even socializing online, the number of people taking classes online has increased by over 1.8 million since 2008.* That way, you aren’t shoved in the building with everyone else.
So why is majoring in Business the cool thing to do? And why can it be better to get that degree online? Here are three reasons getting your business degree online is the best way to go:
- Jobs requiring a business degree are in high demand.
In 2013, 70% of business-related job postings required a bachelor’s degree in the field.* It’s also very diversified and prepares you to start a career across almost any industry. From agriculture to retail, they need business-minded people to help make the money.
- Flexibility in where you can find a job and the ability to get it online.
There are thousands of programs around the country making online programs available, and the list will continue to grow. Online flexibility help you get your business degree or MBA while fitting into your career, family, and even a desire to stay out of traffic.
- Working while attending school may be better for your bank account.
People who are working while completing their degree may get financial help from their employer, and some schools even let you trade in those years of experience for actual credits. And when credits = tuition dollars, every experience counts. Online MBA average debt was reported to be $23,337, more than $5,000 less than the average student debt.*
There are some important things to keep in mind, however.
- Check the accreditation.
Of the tens of thousands of online programs out there, only some have the accreditation that companies want to see on a resume. You want the education that you’re paying for to be valuable after you graduate. And without accreditation, you may find yourself without a job.
- Double check the numbers. The cost of an Online MBA program may not always be cheaper.
At Indiana University, an online MBA falls in the $52,000 range. Compared to the on-campus tuition rates of $23,592 for Indiana residents and $42,592 for non-residents, the numbers just don’t add up. Usually the cost increase isn’t this severe, and it’s still generally more expensive to get your MBA online as an out-of-state student. So if you’re going to get your MBA online, do it where you have residency and the price increase won’t be as high.
So, it’s plain to see that getting your business degree online is the way to go if you see yourself closing deals, meeting clients, and creating budgets. But be sure look at all the options for a school that fits your needs. Getting your business degree may be the right option for you and doing it online can get it done more efficiently and easily as well. So go on, and join in.
*National Center for Education Statistics
*U.S. News and World Report