How to Earn an Online Graduate Degree in Management

Three Methods:Researching Programs in ManagementApplying to Degree ProgramAttending an Online Graduate Degree Program

A degree in management can be extremely useful, no matter what your field. If you don’t have time or aren’t able to attend a physical university, going to school online can be a good option. When choosing an online program, you should research a variety of schools, apply to select schools, and attend classes at your chosen institution. Getting an online graduate degree in management can be challenging, but it can often pay off in a better job, higher salary, and more expertise in the management field.

Method 1
Researching Programs in Management

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    Verify the school is regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is the most common form of accreditation. This guarantees the school has been vetted by regional agencies and the degree will be seen as legitimate.[1]
    • The U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs is one place you can look up if the school has been regionally accredited.[2]
    • Additionally, the Council for Higher Education has an accreditation database as well that may be useful.[3]
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    Look up business accreditation for any programs you are considering. All colleges need accreditation to be considered a valid degree program. Accreditation for online graduate degree programs in management usually comes from one of three sources:[4]
    • The most respected accreditation institution is the Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It has been around for 100 years and given accreditation to 620 institutions in 38 countries.
    • The second accreditation institution is the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. It was founded only in 1988, but has given accreditation to 529 institutions and 700 MBA programs.
    • The final accreditation program is the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, which was founded in 1997. It has accredited 230 institutions in more than 20 countries.
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    Check the ranking of the program. Many websites or new organizations rank the top graduate programs in management. Looking up their ranking can give you a good idea what to expect if you enroll.[5]
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    See what they offer in terms of career services. A program with strong career services can provide excellent networking opportunities with many companies after you graduate. If they offer statistics on their graduates, see where some of them wind up getting a job and what percentage of graduate are currently employed.
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    Review the faculty at the program. Faculty in online MBA programs can drastically change your experience. You want to have faculty that have advanced degrees, work experience, and contacts that will later help you get a job.[6]
    • You can find information about the faculty at the program on their website. If you need additional information, contact the school to learn more about their faculty members.
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    Look up the courses online that you'll be taking. You should be able to view their syllabi so you know what to expect. Compare the content to other schools to see if the material is comparable and relevant.
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    Choose the right program to meet your needs. You want to have a program that matches what you want out of it. Online MBA programs have different strengths, so make sure to choose one that offers the most for your particular needs.
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    Consider the cost of the program. Online MBA programs can be expensive. While some programs may be more prestigious, they may also cost more. Try to balance the cost of the program with what you will expect to get out of it when you complete your degree.[7]
    • If you are currently working a job, see if your company will pay for your MBA. While it’s not common, some companies will be willing to pay for your degree if it will benefit them for you to have earned an MBA.

Method 2
Applying to Degree Program

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    Apply to the program. Applications tend to have a variety of components that are required. Depending on the program, some applications may need to include:[8]
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Reference letters
    • Entrance essay
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    Take time crafting the cover letter and resume to each program. Keep both documents to a single page. You want to emphasize the skills you’ve acquired before applying as well as any leadership experience you may have.[9]
    • Your resume should highlight your major relevant experiences in applying to an online MBA program. It should only be one page, so edit your resume to include only the most pertinent experiences for the online MBA program.
    • Your cover letter should be concise and to the point. Use concrete language that highlights why you are good for their program. Avoid any grammatical errors or mistakes[10]
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    Take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). This exam is the standard for admissions to MBA programs. It tests analytical and problem solving ability.[11]
    • The test comes in four parts: analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal. The analytical writing section is a 30-minute argument analysis, integrated reasoning is data analysis and summary, quantitative is integrated math, and the verbal section tests basic comprehension and grammar.
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    Procure excellent reference letters. You can get reference letters from previous employers and other professional references. These reference letters should speak to your management ability and relevant experiences working in business management.
    • When you need recommendation letters, give your recommenders plenty of time to write the letters. Additionally, supply them with all the information they need about your desired program.
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    Write an excellent entrance essay(s). Most MBA programs require an entrance essay. Often, this essay will be directed towards a specific prompt that they have given you.[12]
    • Your essay should be concise, address the prompt, and demonstrate why you are a good fit for the school. Show the school that are excited to attend their program.
    • Your essay should not be rambling or not clearly address the prompt. Don’t use jargon in the essay or be overly vague or general in answering the prompt.

Method 3
Attending an Online Graduate Degree Program

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    Verify the requirements and length of your degree program. Online MBA programs can be of various lengths. It’s important to know what classes you need to take to fulfill your degree requirements.[13]
    • Online MBA programs are usually 18 months to two years. Outside of online classes, expect to spend about 20 hours per week studying, reading, and preparing for class.
    • If you are working full-time while doing your online MBA, it may be a good idea to do the program part-time, so you are able to adequately juggle your responsibilities.
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    Enroll in online classes to fulfill your course requirements. You'll want to enroll in classes that work towards your degree. Take only as many courses as you feel you can handle at one time.
    • Classes meet either synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous classes meet in real time, whereas asynchronous classes are done through video lectures and submission of assignments. Most online MBA programs are asynchronous, so you can fit the classes around your own schedule.
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    Buy the required materials for your classes. Each class will have different materials, including textbooks, digital access codes, and workbooks. The syllabus for your class should list all the materials you are expected to buy and complete for the course.
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    Complete online assignments, exams, and group projects. Online MBA programs will have a variety of forms of assessment. Online assignments will likely be due by a specific time and date, whereas exams will be timed once you begin them. Group projects can usually be done asynchronously, with each group member contributing.[14]
    • Group projects can present a problem in online MBA classes. Your group should always make a clear plan, document your communication, and talk to the instructor if there are any major problems.
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    Communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates. Though you may never meet either one in person, your instructor and classmates are invaluable resources. Stay in contact with them throughout the course so you can stay up-to-date on assignments. If necessary, ask for extra help from your instructor.[15]
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    Complete your degree program promptly. It's important to stay on top of course work in an online MBA program, since it's easier to fall behind in an online environment. Take classes regularly and complete all your degree requirement. Pretty soon, you'll be finished with your MBA and ready for the next phase of your working life.

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