Business Degrees

Business Degree Basics


In today’s economy the business world is highly competitive. A business degree will prepare you for a wide variety of positions in the profit, non-profit and government sectors, increase your earning potential and open up new job opportunities.

Types of Business Degrees

Business is a broad field with many areas of focus. Below is just a sampling of the different types of business degree majors you can choose from.

  • Business administration degree
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business management degree
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • International business degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Before choosing a business degree program or school make sure you know which type of degree you want to obtain and only consider schools that offer that type of degree.

Getting an Online Business Degree

Want to get a business degree but don’t think you have the time to earn one? Then consider your online options. Getting a business degree online offers you several unique advantages over attending a traditional brick and mortar college.

  • Flexible schedule – take classes whenever you want
  • Save time and money not having to travel to school
  • Better ability to work while you’re working on your degree
  • Convenience of being in your own home

There are a few things to keep in mind before you choose an online business degree program.

Accreditation – The only online colleges you should consider are ones that are accredited. Over the last several years online colleges have been proving that they provide good educations but they aren’t always held to the same standards as traditional colleges. Accreditation from reputable organizations, like the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that an online business degree program has met educational standards.

Employment – As alluded to above, there has been some apprehension in the past about the quality of business degrees earned online.  They haven’t been around nearly as long as many brick-and-mortar colleges and there have been unscrupulous organizations in the past that were better at taking students money than providing a good education. Again, that’s why it’s important that the online college you choose is accredited.

Discipline – Unlike traditional college where there’s a professor taking roll each class, there’s little accountability for online students. You have to be disciplined and responsible if you want to earn a business degree online. For some students this can prove to be a challenge and ultimately affect your grade and your ability to pass business degree classes. Make sure you have the discipline to do the work with little to no oversight.

Choosing Business Degree Programs & Schools

Students will be glad to know that you can earn a business degree at basically any college. However, no two business degree programs are the same. Business degrees cover a broad spectrum of information and some colleges will be better fit than others depending on your focus (management, finance, etc.)

Look for colleges that have a good reputation and long history of offering business degrees, internship programs and career counseling services.

If you want to get a masters in business or an MBA it pays to plan ahead. You don’t have to have a business degree to apply and be accepted to a business school, but it definitely helps. Business schools will require:

  • 5 to 6 completed courses in economics, statistics and calculus
  • Strong grades and standardized test scores
  • Pass the GMAT

Things to keep in mind when you’re choosing a business school are the type of business degrees they offer (both subject matter and timeframe for completion), cost, reputation, teacher to student ratio, curriculum and job placement stats.