Choosing the Right Online Business School
Is online business school right for you?
There are many reasons why attending a business school online may be the best option for you. Firstly, if you are working full time or caring for young children, getting your education online will allow you the flexibility to continue doing these things – a benefit that is often not available through traditional education pathways.
Secondly, if you are already be working in the field, but looking to change your focus or upgrade your skills, an online business school will help you upgrade or change your certifications outside of working hours, so you won’t have to take a step backward in your career.
Finally, you may simply be the type of person who benefits more from receiving your education on your own time, without the distractions and rigid hours of a traditional classroom. Getting your education online can also help you save money that you’d otherwise be paying simply for the ‘privilege’ of sitting in a classroom – a privilege you don’t need if your learning style isn’t suited to in-class learning.
Which online business school will best suit your needs?
Whatever your reasons for attending an online business school are, it is always imperative that you seek out a program that is accredited and highly ranked. While there are a number of ‘private business colleges’ out there, programs you take through these schools may not always be viewed favorably by potential employers, and credits you earn may not be transferable, should you choose to switch schools.
Your best bet is to look into online MBA programs offered by highly-ranked, brick and mortar business schools. These programs may run you a bit more money, but they will increase your future earning potential and look great on a resume! Thunderbird School of Global Management, George Washington University, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina all offer great online degree programs.
Things to keep in mind
Even though the bulk of your learning will be done on your own time, over the Internet, most online business schools will still require you to come to a physical location from time to time. Generally, tests and exams are held at the school’s physical location to ensure fairness. Because of this, you should avoid applying to an online program that is located a significant distance away from you!
Finally, while online degree programs are generally cheaper than the average school tuition, remember that the price listed on a school’s website generally doesn’t include the cost of books, fees, and other class materials.