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Online Colleges for Business Management

Business management is one of the most versatile degrees a person can earn, providing comprehensive training in a range of subjects. Whether a person's interest lies in helping to run or lead an existing company, or in starting up a new business as an entrepreneur, the wide-ranging education provided through an online business management program can make it a valuable place to start.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says business majors are the most sought-after graduates -- particularly those who study accounting, finance, business administration and business management.

Plus, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that wages for many business-related occupations are higher than those for all workers, on average. However, the BLS also says that most of the high-paying business careers require at least a bachelor's degree, with some requiring advanced degrees. The benefit of online programs in business management is that they can provide this important training to those who are interested in advancing their careers while working full time or raising families.

Best Online Colleges for Business Management

To help guide the search for programs best suited to students' needs and interests, we've collected data on online colleges for business management, including the types of degrees offered, tuition, graduation data and more. Our methodology, which is detailed at the bottom of this page, relies on data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Using this data, here is our list of the 10 best online colleges for business management in the country.

1

Bellevue University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,600
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
53
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1966, Bellevue is a private, nonprofit, career-focused university with a commitment to learning that meets the current needs of the industry. This includes an unusually high number of online business management degree programs:

  • Business Analysis and Management
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics Management

Additionally, all master's degree programs in business, including several in management, are offered online as well.

The number one school on our list was selected based on a combination of its comparatively low tuition -- it ranked No.41 out of 178 schools -- and its unusually high number of online programs in management. Not only that, but the school offers prospective students the benefit of an open admissions policy: the school accepts any applicant so long as they have earned a high school diploma or a GED certificate. This is a common trait among the schools in this ranking, due to the great accessibility it offers.

Accreditation:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs

Location:

1000 Galvin Road S.
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005-3098
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2

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$7,425
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
6
Accredited
School Type
4-year

This university was established in 1969 and is a primarily Bible-centered, Christian institution. Its goals include preparing students for various leadership positions, whether in the church or the larger business world.

Faith Evangelical's online programs tailored for management students are:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership: for students interested in leadership ministry, with courses in business and management
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership: a six-course, non-degree leadership program, providing tips for motivating, coaching and empowering others

The institution also offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Ministry for those interested in Christian leadership roles, and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership, with some residency requirements.

This online college is number 2 on our list based on its high graduation rate; it ranks second out of all 178 schools covered in our study. Also, management degrees are a prominent part of the degrees earned at Faith Evangelical, which earned the No.10 ranking for the percentage of its graduating student body who earned a degree in business management.

Accreditation:

  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission

Location:

3504 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Washington 98407-0186
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3

Columbia Southern University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,040
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
46
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Prospective students of Columbia Southern have several online learning options available to them:

  • Term: has a structured framework for weekly assignments with clear start and end dates for courses;
  • LifePace Learning: provides flexible start dates, due dates and course lengths;
  • Veterans Advantage: for students using VA benefits who need a flexible structure for course completion and start and end dates that follow the academic calendar.

This online college ranks third on our list because of its impressive combination of flexibility and affordability (its tuition ranks No.30 out of 178 schools surveyed) and its strong selection of undergraduate and graduate business management programs.

Students may earn bachelor's or master's degrees in business administration with a concentration in one of many different management subjects, ranging from human resources to information technology, project management and sport management. Also available are bachelor's and master's degree programs in human resource management, as well as organizational leadership, and even an MBA program in health care management.

Accreditation:

  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Location:

21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561-9000
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4

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$7,014
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
25
Accredited
School Type
4-year

This career-focused, comprehensive polytechnic university offers a Bachelor of Science in management degree program that is intended for students who already have associate degrees, transfer credits or professional work experience, but would like to take their careers to the next level. Students may select an area of concentration from among the following options:

  • Business Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations Management
  • Quality Management

Despite being the only institution on this list without an open admissions policy, the University of Wisconsin-Stout still achieved a notable ranking for its high admissions rate, scoring No.10 out of the 94 schools without open admissions analyzed for this list. The school also boasted a laudable No.31 rank for graduation rate, and a No.44 rank for the affordability of its tuition.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools

Location:

712 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
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5

Amridge University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$9,960
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
22
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Located in Montgomery, Alabama, Amridge University is an independent college founded in 1967 and committed to Christian ideals and public service. Despite its traditional values, however, the school has been a leader in online learning since 1993, with distance education being the primary delivery method of its courses.

Amridge offers a Bachelor of Science in management and master's degrees in both leadership and management and behavioral leadership and management.

The school prides itself on its affordability, and more than 90 percent of its students qualify for federal financial aid. Its fifth-place ranking on our list comes from a combination of relatively low tuition and the prominence of its management degrees: Amridge's percentage of degrees awarded in business management in 2015 was the ninth highest percentage in our entire study.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Location:

1200 Taylor Rd.
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3553
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6

Granite State College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$7,032
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
40
Accredited
School Type
4-year

GSC's online bachelor's programs were ranked among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs list for 2017. More than 77 percent of its students take online classes, and 100 percent of its support and resources are available both to local and online students.

Granite State's online business management programs are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies - Management: a bachelor's completion program that requires a previously-completed associate degree
  • Master of Science in Leadership
  • Master of Science in Management

As a public, nonprofit college, GSC's tuition rates are among the lowest in New England; its affordability ranked No.46 among 178 colleges surveyed, which helped place it sixth on our list, along with its robust selection of management programs.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs

Location:

25 Hall St.
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-3471
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7

Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$11,400
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
5
Accredited
School Type
4-year

Warner Pacific College offers adult degree programs both online or on campus, on a one-night-a-week schedule, all designed to meet the needs of working adults. Like some of the other schools on our list, WPC is a Christ-centered institution with a liberal arts focus. It's ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Diverse College, the #6 Regional College and the #7 Best Value School, and in our own study, it ranked No.2 out of all 178 schools reviewed for percentage of business management degrees awarded in 2015.

The college offers an Associate of Art in Organizational Dynamics degree program, which is certainly one of the more creatively named programs on our list and which focuses on imparting to its students an understanding of how organizations change, grow and function. Alternately, for working adults looking to take their careers to the next level, WPC's Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership is a two-year program designed to prepare leaders for the development, operation and organizational dynamics of a business.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

2600 SE 98th Ave., Ste. 200
Portland, Oregon 97266
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8

University of the Potomac - Washington, D.C. Campus

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$12,984
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
33
Accredited
School Type
4-year

This undergraduate university is designed for working adults. Its online programs are focused on business and technology, and students may choose their own start dates; new sessions begin every few weeks. To complement this flexibility, the university offers the accessibility of an open admissions policy, as well as the fifth-highest percentage of business management degrees awarded in 2015.

The school awards associate and bachelor's degrees in business, with management courses being part of the associate program. Students earning the Bachelor of Arts in Business may select concentrations in government contract management or information management; alternately, a bachelor's degree program in government contract management is available. For students interested in continuing their education in order to beef up their skills, the University of the Potomac offers advanced certification programs in government contract management or general management.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Maryland Higher Education Commission

Location:

1401 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
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9

Northcentral Technical College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,852
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
15
Accredited
School Type
2-year

This vocational school, located in Wausau, Wisconsin, awards associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates intended to help adults train for jobs or advance their current careers.

Business management programs include:

  • Associate degree in Business Management
  • Associate degree in Supervisory Management
  • Accelerated technical diploma in Leadership
  • Accelerated technical diploma in Lean Organizations (designed for supervisors looking to lead effective organizations while eliminating waste and boosting performance)
  • Accelerated technical diploma in Supervision
  • Certificate in Leadership Essentials
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • Certificate in Supply Chain Management

Northcentral's lack of bachelor's and master's degree programs keeps it from ranking more highly on our list, but it still secured a spot in the top 10 for its accessibility and affordability. In fact, this college has the best tuition ranking of all the schools on our list (No.18 out of 178 schools surveyed).

Accreditation:

  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

Location:

1000 Campus Dr.
Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1899
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10

Western International University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,000
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
22
Accredited
School Type
4-year

"West," as its students and faculty call it, is focused on education for working adults with an emphasis on business and technology. It places a priority on training for the global marketplace, and regardless of curriculum, each course incorporates an international aspect to the subject matter. Courses all last eight weeks, and they begin monthly.

Its management degree programs include both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in management. Additionally, the school offers multiple unique management-related programs, including a Master of Arts in Human Dynamics and a Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership.

Western International takes justifiable pride in how affordable it is for its students. On our top 10 list, it is among the top three most affordable schools: it ranks No.35 for its tuition rate out of all 178 schools surveyed.

Accreditation:

  • The Higher Learning Commission

Location:

1601 W. Fountainhead Pkwy.
Tempe, Arizona 85282
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Interview with an Expert
Courses are taught by faculty and staff that
teach the same courses in the classroom.

James W. Bronson, Ph.D.

Chair of the Management Department

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Interview with an Expert

James W. Bronson, Ph.D.

Chair of the Management Department

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Q: What are the qualities that make the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's online business management major an outstanding program?

A: There are several qualities that make our program outstanding:

Quality: All instructors in the program have to go through training before they can teach. All new courses are subject to an outside review by Quality Matters. Instructors whose course evaluations fall into the bottom 25 percent every semester have their courses reviewed by a committee and receive instructions for improvement.

Support: The College of Business and Economics (CoBE) maintains a technical support office (CoBE Tech) overseen by an Assistant Dean. This office supports both students and faculty. Faculty support is provided by a learning management system expert, web course designer, media specialist and other IT specialists. This office also maintains a high-end recording studio and a rapid turnaround computer repair facility.

Expertise: Courses are taught by faculty and staff that teach the same courses in the classroom. The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is large, with over 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs including a DBA, doctorate in business administration program. Many of us teach in a specialized field and we simply have the size to permit relatively narrow areas of specialization.

Programs: At this time, the online business programs consist of a general business major BBA and an MBA. We will have online marketing and finance majors in the BBA program in the near future. Our programs are offered by a state university that is accredited by the HLC and AACSB and should not be confused with programs offered by private for profit colleges and universities.

Q: What support does the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offer their online student body?

A: ICoBE Tech offers in call-in support for technical issues related to course access and navigation. Walk-in support is available for both technical and hardware issues. Walk-in support might appear to be non-relevant for online students, but we find that a lot of students are trying to balance work and child care issues. These students take a mix of classroom and online classes. Having walk-in hardware support can be important for these students.

Q: How does the online business management program differ from the on-campus program?

A: From a subject content experience, I don't believe that the online program differs materially from the campus program. The required courses are the same. At the margin, the elective courses are more limited for the online degrees. Many courses simply aren't offered online. A course may be offered in the classroom once a year to 30 to 35 students. That same course will not be offered online as the enrollment doesn't warrant the resource commitment. That certainly may change as the online program continues to grow.

I'm going to conclude with a few general observations. Online programs are not for every student. It takes self-discipline and motivation to stick with the coursework. It can be very rewarding for the instructor when you realize that you are helping a stay-at-home mom, or someone in a dead-end job, improve their life. It is also common to find that a student accepted a job before they finished their coursework and that you are helping them finish up their degree. Not every faculty or staff member makes a good online instructor. Anyone who tends to put things off to the last minute has no business teaching an online course. Online courses need to be 100 percent complete before the class even starts and many instructors just can't seem to achieve that timeline.

Degree Overview: Business Management

Business management is a diverse field, providing many different career opportunities in many different companies across many different industries. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports there are more than 7.4 million businesses in existence in the United States. Online business management degrees are available from the certificate to doctoral level, enabling graduates to build skills to seek employment in businesses as different as health care, telecommunications, information technology and others.

Online Business Management Courses

The types of courses students are required to take during online programs for business management varies greatly depending on the program level and type. Most undergraduate business management programs are broad in scope, offering students the chance to build essential business skills. As students progress upward in their education, they usually begin to address more advanced and concentrated subjects as they decide upon and begin working towards their career goals. Below are details about some of the courses students may take in online colleges for business management.

  • A certificate in business management is one of the shortest educational routes in business management and helps students to begin building college credit. Students typically take only a handful of courses specific to business management for a certificate, the credits from which may later be transferable to another undergraduate program. Business ethics, finance, marketing principles and organizational behavior are all topics that may be covered in a certificate program.
  • A diploma is an option for students considering online education for business management programs. This short-term program can help students to build basic knowledge about budgeting, finance, capital management and investment and securities.
  • Associate degree programs in the subject endeavor to introduce students to various business concepts, such as law, financial management and marketing. Students should also be able to hone their skills in related areas, such as business and technical writing, speech, and managerial accounting. Some associate degree credits may be transferable to a bachelor's degree.
  • Students in online bachelor's degree programs in business management may find a four-year degree helpful for creating improved career opportunities. In addition to completing general education requirements for a bachelor's degree, students may be able to learn about accounting and business, leadership and management, spreadsheets, quantitative analysis and more.
  • Most online master's degrees in business management are offered through an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree program. These degrees help students to build practical, real-world skills in areas like accounting, communications and financial management. Specializations may be offered through a master's program in fields such as healthcare management, information and technology, or leadership. Students may be expected to complete a capstone project.
  • A variety of doctoral programs in business management are offered online. Students are more likely able to choose a concentration as a focus of their research and learning, and generally perform an in-depth look at business theory and practices as a part of their PhD. A dissertation may be required.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Online colleges for business management can help students to build numerous skill sets. As students work their way through a business management program, they may want to think about whether they are improving in the following skills.

  • Leadership: Employees look to their higher-ups for insight and direction when tough issues or new scenarios arise. Business managers should know how to lead with confidence and be able to chart a course for the way business is carried out in the office.
  • Verbal communication: Whether they are making a presentation to their bosses or giving a speech to their employees, the way that a business manager interacts with others is vital to their success in the role. Projects, papers and presentations in a business management program can give an aspiring manager the practice they need to communicate properly when it matters most.
  • Decision-making: It goes without saying that business managers need to know how to make decisions. While data helps to drive many decisions in the business environment, the answers to tough questions may not always be clear to business managers. Regardless, in some cases, they may still need to act. The more you know about the business world and similar situations, the better your decisions are likely to be, making a solid grounding in the subject from a business management program an invaluable resource in such a situation.
  • Delegation: Let's face it, business managers cannot do it all. Knowing how to delegate responsibility to team members and being able to develop trustworthy relationships can make the job of a business manager easier. This in turn can free up their time to focus on other priorities.

Business Management Career Outlook

Online business management degree programs can provide a solid foundation for students who want to pursue a variety of leadership positions. These programs also aim to provide a business education that can be applied to many different fields. The following are examples of professions that business management graduates can purse, as well as an explanation of how an in-depth managerial education may be helpful in these jobs.

Human Resource Manager
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$120,210
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
46,600
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
8.8
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
Human resource managers are charged with overseeing all aspects of staffing within an organization, as well as handling the issues of current employees. This work involves analyzing how many employees are needed and creating plans in order to meet those needs. Armed with knowledge about human resource management, these professionals can be involved in the recruitment, hiring and training of employees.

These professionals may help managers with employee disputes and discipline. Another common responsibility of a human resource manager is creating employee benefit programs. In order to do this job, workers must have a strong understanding of organizational communication.
Industrial Production Manager
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$107,060
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
49,100
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
-3.7
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
Industrial production managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of manufacturing plants. In this setting, they can use their education to make decisions about production goals and create plans on how to best meet them. In addition, these professionals make budgets, monitor the progress of a project, negotiate deals with materials suppliers and streamline manufacturing processes as needed. They are also responsible for hiring, training and directing the work of employees, ensuring that workers complete projects based on scheduling and budgetary constraints.
Logistician
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$77,810
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
20,600
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
1.9
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
From the conception of a product to its placement on a store shelf, logisticians are responsible for coordinating the process of moving goods from suppliers to consumers. This includes activities related to purchasing, inventory, warehousing and transportation. Using skills like critical thinking, speaking, time management and coordination, these professionals manage the life cycle of products. The following are typical duties of a logistician:
  • ensure that materials and supplies are allocated properly
  • work closely with suppliers and clients to understand stakeholders' needs
  • collaborate with different departments in the organization to ensure that each team is working together to meet customer needs
Management Analyst
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$91,910
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
208,500
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
13.6
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
When organizations need assistance with their operational efficiency, they depend on the expertise of management analysts, also known as management consultants. These professionals are responsible for examining the procedures of an organization in order to find shortfalls. They then work with those companies to create solutions to the problems. People in these jobs can leverage the communication skills they gained in school in order to interview an organization's staff to get information about work processes. They then use that information to create reports recommend organizational improvements.
Purchasing Manager
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$117,720
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
17,900
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
1
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Bachelor's degree
All organizations need supplies in order to operate their business, and purchasing managers are responsible for procuring these products. To that end, they evaluate companies that sell equipment and supplies based on quality, delivery speed and pricing. They also attend trade shows and conferences in order to learn about new products and meet suppliers. These professionals may also be responsible for negotiating contracts and creating financial reports.
Methodologies and Sources

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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