Online MBA Degree


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An online MBA program offers the ultimate flexibility. Students can complete course work on their own schedule and still maintain a full-time job and other commitments. Most of the top online MBA programs are taught by the same faculty using the same curriculum as their face-to-face counterparts.

Course Work

Example courses
Financial systems
Global operations and supply chain management
Organizational behavior and performance
Problems in financial management
Marketing in a global environment
Managing human resources
Management information systems

At the top online MBA programs, students are expected to have previous business experience or complete prerequisite courses, such as accounting, statistics and business law.

Students in an online MBA program will complete course work in accounting, finance, management, information systems and operations. Some schools offer a variety of specializations, including finance and international concentrations.

Interacting and networking with other students is a vital part of an online MBA program. Team projects, discussion boards, emails and conference calls are all used to facilitate communication and relationships. Many online MBA degree programs include short-term, in-person components, such as international residencies and visits to Fortune 500 companies.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Financial analyst $74,000
Management analyst $78,000
Human resources manager $99,000
Top executive $101,000
Financial manager $104,000
Advertising, promotions and marketing manager $108,000
Computer and information systems manager (IT manager) $116,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

One benefit of an online MBA degree program is that students can attend top universities far from their homes, which can lead to better job prospects. “For me as a recruiter and for my clients, it really depends more on the school than the online [delivery],” Brad Remillard, cofounder and executive recruiter at IMPACT Hiring Solutions Executive Search, said in an interview with U.S. News.

Graduates of an online MBA program will have access to an alumni network that offers networking opportunities. Additionally, there are many professional associations such as the National Black MBA Association and MBA Women International, which offer conferences, seminars and mentoring services.

Salaries for online MBA degree holders often climb to the six figures. Median salaries range from $74,000 for financial analysts to more than $115,000 for IT managers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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