With the advent of online learning, students have greater access than ever before to important educational programs from all over the world. Now many prestigious business schools offer online programs, allowing students to go to top universities without having to relocate or quit their jobs.
But how do you know if online business school is for you? What follows are five questions to ask yourself before making a decision.
Will this program help me reach my goals?
Before you can answer that question, you must set goals and have an idea about the business schools that interest you. Begin with setting goals about what you want to achieve with your degree.
If your goal is advancement or earning more money, enrolling in a business school may be a smart bet, according to “Online College Students 2013: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” by The Learning House, Inc. and Asianian Market Research.
That study reported that 44% of those surveyed reported improved employment standing, whether via a first job or a full-time or new job. Salary increases were reported by 45%, while 36% reported promotions.
Is this school accredited?
That’s an important question because there are some organizations that may be more interested in taking your money than getting you a quality education.
Consider accreditation a good general indicator of quality. If a school is accredited by a nationally recognized agency, it means certain quality standards the accrediting agency established have been met.
The Department of Education’s List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies is a good place to discover if a school is accredited by a nationally recognized agency.
In addition, most states require career colleges and technical schools to be licensed or certified to offer instructional courses and programs. Find out about the names and contact information about the licensing and accrediting organizations that the school works with.
Do I have the time management skills to succeed?
Students who partake in online learning need to be organized and disciplined to succeed. Many students are used to in-person reminders about assignments and tests, so online options can be an adjustment.
Successful online students tend to do four things. First, they make a plan, including a study calendar. Commit due dates and block off specific time to study. Next, check in daily to make certain the syllabus and your understanding of it is current.
Look ahead to make sure you know what’s coming up in the next few weeks. Finally, speak up if you fall behind or are confused by the material. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
• How much does it cost?
Look into the total cost of the program that you are interested in. Be sure to consider additional costs like necessary technologies and other class materials.
Now take a deep breath. While the price may seem daunting, financial aid is often available, which could cut the cost significantly. The U.S. Department of Education has plenty of information about financial aid options.
• Would I choose this program if I was going on-campus?
Basically, does the program meet any other needs you might have, aside from the convenience of online study?
Ask yourself if the program is as good as traditional in-person programs. Will you get the same knowledge? Is the program accepted by most employers?
Getting more information about the online business school that you are interested in can help show you that the program is as good as its on-campus counterpart. Considering the high stakes – your education will play a huge role in a workforce career that could last 50 years or more – you can’t afford not to explore every angle.
For more information about the online programs from top business schools, use our degree finder to get matched to a school or call 855-237-2185. Get your questions answered and find the program that meets your needs and will help you find success.