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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Earning a Business Degree

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Picture this: You're working toward your business degree and it's hard-earned. You're got a family. You're also trying to excel at your job. It’s a full plate, and the thought of managing it all might make you have second thoughts about going back to school.

But wait – you may be making things harder on yourself than need be. Here are four encouraging outlooks when considering whether to go for your bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in business.

  1. You may not need to start from scratch.

    Depending on the program, you may be able to get credit for work or military experience you’ve already obtained. That can not only potentially save time and money, but it also can help you achieve your goals more efficiently and with less stress.

  2. Traditional classrooms aren’t requisite.

    There was a time when online learning raised eyebrows, but the tides are turning. That’s a good thing for prospective students who are not fresh out of high school, those already working in full-time careers and those with family and other responsibilities. What’s more, online classes can be structured around your needs and your schedule, with customized content that can be viewed from a myriad of web-enabled devices so you can learn wherever you are.

  3. Online learning isn’t for a select few.

    There’s no question you need to be motivated to secure your degree. But remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Whether you’re the company president or in operations management or a receptionist looking to move up the corporate ladder, business administration degrees are completely in reach. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. If you’re interested in the accounting side, business communication or business education, chances are there’s an online option that fills the bill.

  4. Earn your money back.

    While questions are being raised of late about the viability of college costs and the pros and cons surrounding degrees as the cost of education skyrockets, business degrees are generally not among those with more disappointing ROIs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees with a doctorate, professional or master’s degree achieve notably higher salaries than their less-degreed counterparts - $1,624 median weekly earnings for those with a doctoral degree, in fact, compared to $815 median weekly earnings for workers overall and $652 for those with only a high school diploma.*

*These are national historical statistics and not representative or indicative of the earning potential of graduates.


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