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How to Get an Online Business Degree

written by: Nicki H•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 11/30/2009

Recent studies reveal that bachelor’s degrees in business administration are in demand by employers. Fortunately, universities are creating curriculums in an online format tailored to busy working individuals. Read on to learn how to get an online degree in business administration.

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    High Demand for Business Degrees

    According to Job Outlook, which is a survey completed every year by college recruiters, a bachelor degree in business is one of the top ten in demand degrees. However, full-time jobs and family responsibilities often discourage individuals from enrolling in higher education. The solution? A bachelor business degree online, offered by universities that specialize in assisting busy individuals in earning their degree in a more flexible environment. Here’s a guide to getting an online business degree.

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    Walden University

    Walden University offers an online degree in business administration, designed for working adults with the need for more flexibility. Students have the ability to focus their studies in 5 different areas including: Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Management or Marketing.

    This program will take students about four years to complete on a full-time track. And if you need to drop your schedule down to part-time, you have that flexibility as well. Expect to pay $100-$220 per credit hour, depending on which courses you are taking. Walden University has financial aid counselors that can assist with evaluating options to fund your education.

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    Kaplan University

    Kaplan University offers an online BS degree in business administration. Students have the option of concentrating their studies in several areas including: corporate finance, general business, management, marketing and human resources.

    Tuition at Kaplan University is $353 per credit hour, and there are 180 credit hours required to earn your online business degree. Kaplan will also evaluate other coursework you’ve completed, and give you credit for comparable classes. The program is designed to be flexible enough to work around your full-time job, and should take about 4 years to complete on a full time track.

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    University of Phoenix

    University of Phoenix offers an online business degree allowing students to specialize in one of 19 different areas – such as small business management and entrepreneurship, marketing or accounting. Since programs are designed to be flexible, students can elect to complete their degree at their own pace. Following a traditional track, individuals can expect completion of their degree within 4 years.

    Students have a variety of financing options available, including scholarships, private loans and individual payment plans. Previous coursework is also evaluated towards bachelor’s degrees with University of Phoenix.

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    Complete your Free Application for Student Aid

    Many students need financial assistance when funding their online business degree. Completing your Free Application for Student Financial Aid will allow you to be considered for low-interest student loans and federal grants. Also, check with your university for special scholarship programs unique to your major.