Best Online Master’s in Management

Find top-ranked online master’s in management degree programs to prepare students for managerial roles in fields like healthcare, marketing, finance, and manufacturing.

Best Online Master’s in Management

Frequently Asked Questions About Management Degrees

An MBA with a Management concentration is a great master’s degree for online students who need a solid business knowledge foundation while also focusing on management or management in specific area. But the number of electives to really dig into a specialization are limited because of the number of more general business courses you must take. An MS in Management is a master’s degree program that can take you much deeper into management issues and offer you opportunties to specialize in a particular area of management, like engineering, production, healthcare, etc. An MS in Management will likely assume you have a background in business or some other field like healthcare or engineering. In such cases you don’t need to spend time on business courses that won’t be related to your area of work, giving you more time to focus on your area of interest.

We’ve included a few online MBA in Management degree programs in our ranking below. To find more online MBA options, check out our ranking focused on online MBAs.

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A master’s degree in management provides growth in leadership and organizational skills. This 30- to 45-credit degree is ideal for working professionals in a number of fields who want to pursue supervisory roles and advance in their careers.

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Most programs are available either online or on campus, and can be completed in about two years.

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Courses will cover topics like management communication, strategic thinking, project management, transformational leadership, and more. Students will also learn how to gather and analyze data, become strong decision makers, and manage business finances. Some programs may require a thesis, and some may offer specializations, like construction management or project management.

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Upon graduation, students will be ready for managerial roles in fields like healthcare, marketing, finance, and manufacturing.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in communication.

Best Online Master's in Management Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online management master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Management Degree Programs

  1. #1

    New York University

    #17 institution's historical influence
    #44 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    49K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1440/32

    New York, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Quantitative Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Cornell University

    #15 institution's historical influence
    #14 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

    Ithaca, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MCM in Communication Management
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Global Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Human Resource Management
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    ME in Enrollment Management and Policy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MASM in Aging Services Management
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MCM in Construction Management
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Civil Engineering

    Concentrations

    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Required Credits: 27
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Texas at Austin

    #34 institution's historical influence
    #43 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    44K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Austin, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Duke University

    #27 institution's historical influence
    #12 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    8%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1525/34

    Durham, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Accelerated Master’s of Science in Quantitative Management

    Concentrations

    • Business Analytics
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSQM in Master’s of Science in Quantitative Management

    Concentrations

    • Business Analytics
    • Health Analytics
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 19 months
    • Format: Online
    MEM in Master’s of Environmental Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Michigan State University

    #89 institution's historical influence
    #1461 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    44K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    East Lansing, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management, Strategy And Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 20 months
    • Format: Online
    MS in Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 21 months
    • Format: Online
    MS in Healthcare Management

    Concentrations

    • Leadership
    • Compliance
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 28 months
    • Format: Online
    Master’s Certificate in Advanced Procurement Management
    • Required Credits: 9
    • Completion time: 6 months
    • Format: Online
    Master’s Certificate in Global Supply Chain Management And Logistics
    • Required Credits: 9
    • Completion time: 6 months
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    Boston University

    #48 institution's historical influence
    #56 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1425/32

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Enterprise Risk Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Financial Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Global Marketing Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Supply Chain Management

    Concentrations

    • Global Business
    • Logistics Management
    • Quantitative Approaches
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Insurance Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    Johns Hopkins University

    #22 institution's historical influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Non-Governmental Organization Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 12-24 months
    • Format: Online
    MS in Applied Economics and Certificate in Financial Management
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Cultural Heritage Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 16-24 months
    • Format: Online
    MA in Public Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 16-24 months
    • Format: Online
    MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Certificate in Digital Curation
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Museum Studies and Certificate in Nonprofit Management
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Public Management and Certificate in Government Analytics
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Public Management and Certificate in Intelligence
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Public Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    #61 institution's historical influence
    #38 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/30

    Chapel Hill, NC

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    Online Degrees

    PSM in Digital Curation And Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 24-60 months
    • Format: Online
    MPH in Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Public Health Policy And Management
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Master’s of Science

    Concentrations

    • Digital Curation And Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MHA in Health Administration In

    Concentrations

    • Public Health Policy And Management
    • Required Credits: 49
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Syracuse University

    #77 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Marketing Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Management for Executives
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Management
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Finance

    Concentrations

    • Corporate Finance
    • Investments
    • Risk Management
    • Real Estate
    • Required Credits: 30-38
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Management

    Concentrations

    • Healthcare
    • Marketing
    • Taxation
    • Management
    • Required Credits: 38-48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    University of Miami

    #143 institution's historical influence
    #106 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Coral Gables, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Vanderbilt University

    #95 institution's historical influence
    #16 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    12%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MEng in Enigneering Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 12 months
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Texas A&M University

    #142 institution's historical influence
    #91 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    59K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    College Station, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Management

    Concentrations

    • Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Houston

    #191 institution's historical influence
    #1064 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    37K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/24

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management and Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Construction Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Healthcare Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 12 months
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Mis/ Privacy and Security
    • Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 14-30 months
    • Format: Online
    Master’s in Legal Studies

    Concentrations

    • Compliance and Legal Risk Management
    • International Economic Law and Policy
    • Intellectual Property
    • Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy
    • Human Rights
    • Mining Law and Policy
    • Environmental Law and Policy
    • Tax Law and Policy
    • Criminal Law and Policy
    • Family and Juvenile Law
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30-33
    • Completion time: 1.5-2.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Management Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Care Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Fordham University

    #172 institution's historical influence
    #66 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    Bronx, NY

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    MS in Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Construction Management and Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Systems Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Florida State University

    #156 institution's historical influence
    #174 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Tallahassee, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Risk Management and Insurance
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #149 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    29K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    University of Arkansas

    #317 institution's historical influence
    #1356 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Fayetteville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Construction Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Operations Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Babson College

    #859 institution's historical influence
    #93 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    27%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1360/29

    Wellesley, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management in Advanced Entrepreneurial Leadership
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 9 months
    • Format: Online
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    University of Alabama

    #180 institution's historical influence
    #94 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/27

    Tuscaloosa, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Advertising and Public Relations

    Concentrations

    • Marketing Communication Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Hospitality Management

    Concentrations

    • Sport Hospitality
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Human Environmental Sciences – Consumer Quality Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Operations Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Management – Global Business Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    University of Kentucky

    #195 institution's historical influence
    #541 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Lexington, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Public Financial Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Retailing and Tourism Management
    • Required Credits: 34
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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