The article concerns the following question – Online Business Degrees – Are they Worth it? Business degrees are the most popular field these days, online and offline. Online degrees attract widespread scepticism due to the common opinion that such degrees are worth less than those earned by physically attending an institution.
While many of these rumors are not completely groundless, and quite a few shady online degrees are worth next to nothing, a great many reputable institutions offer excellent online business programs whose degrees carry just as much weight for job acquisition as one earned at a physical college, if not more. The key is to choose your institution, and course of study, wisely.
When you elect to do a business degree, you would presumably have some aptitude for the field. It would help, for instance, to know, beforehand, what courses need to be covered, and ensure that the institution offering the degree you want covers them – before enrolling. Similarly, check that the institution, and the business program you want to do, are properly accredited, and that the credits may be transferred. This will eliminate the possibility of getting a shady, worthless degree.
Also, given the stigma associated with online degrees, among some misinformed employers, it is important to do your very best at earning your business degree, graduating with bonuses, such as first-, and second-, class honors, if possible. This will be looked upon favourably by employers that remain sceptical about online degrees.
Seeing that you did so well at your degree may make them more inclined to give you a fair shake, at the job, and your good performance there will probably have a positive effect for yourself, and other, online graduates in the long run. Taking these steps will maximise the chance of your hard-earned degree being competitive against other bright students with their business degrees from colleges that they physically attended.
One other factor you need to check on is the reputation of the institution, separate from accreditation. If graduates of the business school are reputed to not perform well in the workplace, chances are the education is sub-standard there. Even if it isn’t, such a reputation could jeopardise your chance of getting a job – thereby devaluing the degree.
The simple point is that online business degrees can be worth it. It depends on the institution, the course, and the quality of work you put into the programme. Proper manipulation of these factors means following the guidelines above and giving yourself an edge over others by doing the absolute best you can. The short answer to the title of this article, therefore, is yes – providing that care is taken as defined here to maximise potential.