Earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), allows professionals to increase their earning potential and launch their careers to new heights. This versatile degree is designed to advance careers in the areas of finance, business, logistics, management and more. While a full-time program can be completed in as little as a year, you may find you do not have the time or resources to complete an MBA in a traditional setting. Today, more people are turning to online MBA programs — and with good reason.
Online programs offer you greater flexibility. Instead of adhering to a specific schedule, most online MBA programs allow you to choose when you complete your course work. This flexibility means you can tailor your school schedule around your busy life, instead of the other way around. You can also complete course work from any location with a computer and an Internet connection, allowing you to travel or relocate all while you continue working toward your degree.
One of the major challenges of earning an MBA is financing it. If you are working to support yourself (and your family), you can’t afford to stop working to finish your degree. An online MBA is a great way to work and go to school without compromising either. An online MBA program can be accessed from anywhere you have the Internet, which means you will not need to put your career on hold by leaving your current position.
If you continue working while attending an online MBA program, you will experience the benefits of real-time learning application. This means you can easily apply what you learned in class one day to the work you perform at your job the next day. This is often not possible with traditional MBA programs because many students need to scale back their hours or quit working altogether to effectively earn their degree.
Online MBA programs attract business professionals from across the country and around the world. During the course of your instruction, you will have the chance to collaborate these classmates, making global connections that can help you grow your career. In addition to networking with people who are earning the same degree as you, you will establish connections with students in other career areas, which can be useful in advancing your own career in the future.
Schools with Great Reputations
In the past, employers often looked upon an online degree as questionable. They felt employees couldn’t possibly receive the same level of education without the structure of a brick-and-mortar school and a set schedule. Today, however, there are many credible schools — including top-ranked universities — that offer MBA programs online. Employers are also more accepting of these degrees. As long as you choose the school and program carefully, you can still experience all the benefits of earning a top-tier, traditional MBA.
An MBA does not have to be beyond your reach. With the advances in technology and increased offerings from reputable universities, online degrees are growing in popularity and acceptance. If you have been trying to determine how you will earn the MBA you need but were unsure how to fit school into your busy schedule, an online MBA can be the perfect solution.
The MBA@UNC is an innovative online MBA program offered by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School that continues the school’s tradition of excellence embodied by each of our on-campus programs.
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