Online Business Colleges

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the most popular undergraduate major at American colleges is business. This makes sense, given the huge scope of business in this country: a 2010 report issued by the Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW) predicts that the business and professional services sector will account for economic output of about $3.5 billion and add 3.4 million new jobs by 2018. CEW also predicts that by 2018 a full 59% of workers in this sector will have a bachelor's degree or better.

Business Degree Programs and Careers

Whether you're working toward an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in business, you'll take courses in basic aspects of business, such as marketing, operations and finance. You might specialize in one of these business functions, or you might pursue a degree geared to a particular industry. For example, a degree in healthcare management will position you to lead a hospital or other healthcare facility. An online business degree program can be a great option, since attending college online allows you to work while going to school. This enables you to advance your career by immediately applying in the office what you learn in the virtual classroom. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists over two dozen occupations, from financial manager and top executive to funeral director and insurance underwriter, that fall under the business management and business/financial operations categories. So business degrees are versatile credentials, but in choosing a degree program, it's wise to think about what your career goals are and what areas of specialization are in demand.

Why Get a Business Degree Online?

Trying to obtain a business degree while juggling life and family obligations can be very stressful. Online classes can offer more flexible deadlines for lectures, tests, and project deadlines that can alleviate some of that stress. Below is the story of how one person has used online classes to obtain her business degree while taking care of her family.


"I am the mother of four handsome young men, a full-time employee, a military veteran, and a full-time student. I attend University of Phoenix online while in pursuit of my Doctorate of Business Administration degree. After I completed my Master's degree, I was offered the opportunity to teach a couple of college classes as an adjunct professor, I enjoyed the experience so much, that I decided to pursue my doctorate degree so I can increase my professional opportunities by teaching in a full-time capacity.

This career move will allow me to spend more time with my boys, as I currently work at least 50 hours a week in order to support the family. When researching doctoral programs, I realized that many on-site programs require students to attend on a full-time basis, which essentially means I would be unable to work. Since that is not part of my everyday reality, I decided to explore online-based programs. More than a year into the program with University of Phoenix, I found that the program is definitely demanding and requires much of my time; however, the virtual presence of the classroom affords me the flexibility to complete all of my mandatory daily tasks then attend to my classwork at my own pace."

- Alicia (Florida)

How to Find Online Colleges with Business Programs

Below is a list of colleges that offer online degrees and programs in business. You can also filter by a specific concentration by clicking on one of the subjects in the right rail. If you see a program you are interested, then please choose one of the options to get more information. After filling out a form we will put you in contact with a representative who will answer any questions you may have.

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