Studying for your masters degree online allows you to maintain your career focus
In today’s worldwide business environment, it has become an essential requirement for aspiring corporate directors and business owners to enhance their current skills and gain new knowledge in their fields. One of the key ways to do this is by studying and qualifying for an MBA degree offered by a recognised and accredited University. Programs do vary depending on which University is chosen but generally these programs offer core business subjects such as marketing, business law, economics, finance and taxation. In addition to these core subjects they also offer what is called “electives” that can help a student develop their learning’s in subjects that may be more relevant to the actual role they are performing in the business world. For example if you specialise in ecommerce, you may take the electives such as ecommerce and social media marketing.
If you are a full time worker but you are interested in taking a Masters degree, you need to do some research and discover which Universities offer online courses. It was once the case that Online Universities were not associated with traditional red brick institutions however these Universities are now offering a wide range of courses and students should seriously consider these. The most famous online MBA degree programs in the United States are offered by such esteemed establishments such as Howard University, Penn State University, Colorado State University, Northeastern University and Southeast Missouri State University. In order to apply for these online programs it is exactly the same way as you would apply for a traditional residential program; the main difference is in the delivery of the course where a majority of the classes are conducted online.
Choosing the right online program for you!
There are some key factors that a potential student should consider when looking for a high quality Masters program. The main thing to consider is your career aspirations. If you have an interest in international business, you really need to do some serious research on Universities that run programs that match your professional and academic goals. Another key factor is to compare tuition fees and is always in a candidate’s interest to call the Universities financial aid departments to enquire about scholarships and grants that they offer and how to apply for them. If you have Universities within a short distance from your home take time out to visit the campuses and ask students of their opinions and impressions of the programs.
US b-schools offering online MBAs
There a number of business schools offering excellent courses besides Harvard Business School. The University of Chicago’s has received high rankings from major business journals. The Columbia Business School based at the Columba University is another highly esteemed organisation and some if its academics (professors) have received a number of Nobel prizes in economics.
You might be wondering what course directors are looking for in prospective students. The admission criterion does vary from school to school however there are some general guidelines that can be followed. Business schools are looking for students who have a clear vision about what they wish to achieve in their academic and business career goals and have plans to achieve them. They are also looking for students who have achieved goods grades during their bachelor degree courses and have good letters of recommendation. They also look for students who have a number of years work experience.
In summary, please do your research and do not dismiss the online MBA possibilities as they can offer you the flexibility of mixing work and learning together.
Article by Nigel Penhearow