Online Business Management Degrees


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School Surprises


"A Lot More Informative And Hands On Than I Thought...
I was amazed at the ease of use. it was smooth and free flowing. I could pause and continue where needed. great experience. wish I had done it when I was younger." (branch manager; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied Business at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2010



"Thorough Assignment Instruction Section Of Website...
I was surprised at the ease of the setup in which your assignments and reminders were posted. They were all in one area in the site section and you could also enroll in automatic e-mails to remind you of assignments and other work due at certain intervals before the dead line. I was also surprised at the communication that was made available. Professors provided their personal numbers and also welcomed comments or questions anytime of day to be answered between 7 AM and 11 PM." (Operations Supervisor; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, male
School: Studied Business Management at Southwest Virginia Community College in Virginia; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Professors With Experience...
I was surprised by the quality of the professors. Having the program online allowed the professors more flexibility to spend time discussing the material as it related to real life; it was not uncommon for the online lectures to run 30-40 minutes over with discussions." (EDUCATION; 2014)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, female
School: Studied BUSINESS at CTU ONLINE in Colorado; completed Master degree in 2012


"Practice Online Courses...
I was surprised to find that Mt. San Antonio's online courses were easy but help wasn't offered as much when we went into class once a week. Professors do not take the time to teach online courses." (Manager; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Business at Mt. San Antonio College in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Online Shopping Made Simple...
I was surprised at how easy it was to enroll and attend classes at this school. The staff was very helpful and took time to help me when I needed it." (hotel management; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Business at University Of Phoenix in Oregon; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Online Schooling, More Self-Help Than Learning...
The thing that I was most surprised about was the almost lack of interaction between the teachers and the student. I was always a great student and had no problem learning by watching the teacher and listening to the teacher. With the University of Phoenix, everything that I had to learn was from reading. The teacher provided some feedback when it came to discussions but there was no actual learning from the teacher themselves. I was happy that schooling was flexible enough to work around my work schedule. This became a little difficult when every class required you to work in a group during a portion of the class. I did not like that my academic future was partially in the hands of people who I had never met before and had no way of actually interacting with them other than in the online classroom." (Casino gaming supervisor; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Business Administration at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Master degree in 2012


"Marketing Was Very Convenient...
My experience with my degree was a positive one. I did the online option and it was so convenient. Being that I am a stay at home Dad it worked perfectly for me. I could watch my daughter all day and complete my school work at the same time." (Customer service; 2013)

Career: 14 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Marketing at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Less Accommodating To Student Schedules Than Needed...
I was surprised at the demographics of online students. There were a lot of people who, like me, were pursuing their degree later in life. I was disappointed that many professors were not willing to work with students interns of balancing work/life schedule accommodations. There was a reason we chose the flexibility of online courses." (Operations Manager; 2014)

Career: 20 years of experience, currently based in Washington, female
School: Studied Business Administration at Washington State University in Washington; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Lack Of Applicable Information In My Current Situation...
I was under the impression that is be able to use my degree more than I do." (Investor services Specialist; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Indiana, male
School: Studied Communications at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Idaho; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"It Was Easier To Grasp Math...
I was surprised at how well I did in math, algebra and advanced. I had always struggled with math for my entire life. When I did it online, I had the freedom to work at my own pace and focus on the points that I needed the most work on. The set up of the program gave me instant feedback on my progress and mistakes." (Matriculated to four year college for BA in Economics; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Connecticut, female
School: Studied Liberal Arts at Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Instructors Are Always Available To Answer Questions...
I was surprised at how easy and fulfilling it was to take classes online. My classmates and professors were available to me and also replied quickly to any issues. Everyone had a high level of trust and expectation that you would do well." (office manager; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Indiana, female
School: Studied Business at Indiana University in Indiana; completed Associate degree in 2003


"I Would Have Never Thought Learning Could Be So Convenient...
I was pleasantly surprised by the ease in which I was able to slip into my classes online. I was always under the impression that taking online courses would be hard but I was proved wrong. Even my interactions with my instructors and fellow students were much more constructive that in person classes. The luxury of having the choice of study time allowed me to achieve better grades without ever missing an assignment." (project manager; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Washington
School: Studied Business at Bellevue College in Washington; completed Associate degree in 2010


"I Was Happy To Find Out How Easy Green River CC Online Classes Were, Along With How Supportive The Faculty Was...
I was surprised at how easy it was to complete the ENTIRE course at home, and how kind and helpful the teachers were. I thought that I would maybe have to take some of the final exams at the college's main base, but I was able to do everything online. I was afraid that my teachers would be brisk and robotic, but they were the exact opposite. They liked all of my input and I always received informative and warm answers to my questions." (Business manager of an acupuncture clinic; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Washington, male
School: Studied Business at Green River Community College in Washington; completed Associate degree in 2007


"I Received An Online Degree That Was Highly Regarded...
I was surprised at the quality of the education I received online. I thought that it might be inferior to a brick and mortar system, but it seemed to be every bit as good as a regular school. I was also surprised at how highly my degree was regarded after completion. Again, I thought I would not be taken as seriously as my 'brick and mortar' counterparts, but interviewers seemed to think my degree was satisfactory and comparable to others." (Manager; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Business Management at University Of Phoenix in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Helpful Study Groups...
I was surprised to find the online study groups were actually very helpful, and not just students pandering for someone to basically give them the answer. The consensus goal of most students and tutors were to truly gain knowledge and get everyone pointed in the right direction." (retail director of operations; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in South Carolina, male
School: Studied Business Management at DeVry University in South Carolina; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Good Structure In Assigning Work...
I was surprised at how easy it was to actually take classes online. I was afraid that it might be hard to get everything done without the structure of a classroom, but the instructors were very helpful in assigning work that was easy to complete without having to be physically present." (Retention Representative; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee
School: Studied Bachelor Of Science In Communication With A Concentration In Journalism at University Of Phoenix in Tennessee; completed Bachelor degree in 2007


"Everything That You Want At Your Pace. You Can Do It Just Like Me...
I really like working at my own pace. I felt more comfortable that way and when I wanted to ask questions I could privately and not feel dumb around others. I was surprised how willing professors actually would respond and seem to care to assist me." (workforce analyst; 2014)

Career: , currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied Business Mgmt at Phoenix University in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2006


"Enabled Me To Build Lasting Friendships...
I was very happy with my online experience. The teachers were easy to reach and always replied to my concerns in a timely manner. The work was challenging but I never felt as if I didn't have the support and guidance I needed. What surprised me the most was the relationships that I started and maintained with others who were a part of my online learning team." (Team Leader; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied Business Administration at University Of Phoenix Online in Arizona; completed Master degree in 2007


"Challenging Course Work...
I was surprised at how hard the course work was. I knew coming in that it is all on-line with no instructors to help you. Basically all you did was read a book and take a test. But it made me feel better once I graduated." (Subject Matter Expert; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, female
School: Studied Business Management at Western Governors University in Utah; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

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Best School Tips


"Don't Be In An Area With Lots Of Distractions...
make sure you don't have a lot of distractions while doing courses. its tough when your doing it from home. give yourself a place where there is no TV or noise." (branch manager; 2014)


"With A Structured Timetable, You Will Succeed...
You have to stick to a schedule as much as you can, even if you don't have set times for the classes. Structure your daily life around your classes, so you can get an hour or two throughout the day. Don't allow assignment/classes to accumulate since it will be hard to catch up." (project manager; 2014)


"Time Management...
Create a schedule and stick to it. It is easy to procrastinate when there is not a professor in front of you. Understand that in your home there are constant distractions so your schedule should work around kids and dinner and the time you know your mother calls each week. Find small 30-45 minute sections of time that you are pretty sure can be dedicated 100% to school. Have 2 - 3 of these sessions each day and everything will get done." (EDUCATION; 2014)


"Things To Know...
Get to know your instructors" (hotel management; 2014)


"They Are There When You Need Them...
Don't hesitate to reach out to professors or anybody to assist you on help with the curriculum. There is always help." (workforce analyst; 2014)


"Student Bonds Very Important To Success...
Talk to other students that have taken online course work and familiarize yourself with how the classes operate. You can also form study groups with classmates which may last from year to year." (office manager; 2013)


"Rely On Your Syllabus...
Your syllabus is your best friend. Take the time to get familiar with it and notice the deadlines for each project." (Team Leader; 2013)


"Proficiency Is Key To Success In The Real World...
Don't generalize your education. Work to become proficient and well versed in your desired field. Having lots of different kinds of knowledge only goes so far." (Investor services Specialist; 2014)


"Maintain High Responsibility And Attention To Detail...
Be sure to be self-sufficient and maintain a high level of responsibility because despite any added benefits of reminders being on time and accurate is a very important aspect of succeeding." (Operations Supervisor; 2014)


"Keep On Top Of Your Assignments Due Dates And You Will Succeed...
It is so important to really take a look at your syllabus and to keep on top of emailing any questions you have about due dates. If you miss one thing in the curriculum, it will be very hard to not only catch up, but to understand the next chapter, and so on. Also, it will screw you up on the final exam. If you are not sure when a certain paper/project is due, do not hesitate to email your teacher, and keep in mind that it usually takes them a day or two to respond." (Business manager of an acupuncture clinic; 2013)


"Just Do It...
Spend time each day on your schoolwork that is a quiet time. Always stay disciplined. Do not put of your coursework. Just do it!" (Customer service; 2013)


"Give Yourself A Quiet Place To Work And Make Time For It...
Give yourself adequate time and space to do your schoolwork. Many people think that online schooling will be easier, but it takes a lot of self motivation to get yourself through the material. You may end up spending more time than you would have going to a 50 minute lecture. If you have a work zone and honestly give yourself time, it will be easier. Don't wait until the last day of the week to check in on the course." (Matriculated to four year college for BA in Economics; 2014)


"Get To Know Your Instructor...
Spend some time communicating with your instructor, so you know exactly what their expectations are. The better they know you, the more flexible they will be." (Retention Representative; 2013)


"Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail...
Make sure you have a firm grasp of the computer software you will need to use for the online schooling. Familiarize yourself with Microsoft word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. You do not want to be learning how to use the program and have a deadline to meet to complete a project." (Casino gaming supervisor; 2013)


"Expect To Work Hard Even Though Your Program Is Online...
Beware of thinking that because you are online that things will be easier, or that you can procrastinate more. Also, try to limit distractions in your home, or wherever you are learning, so that you give yourself the best chance to succeed. Turn off the TV and keep your dog quiet!" (Manager; 2014)


"Every Lesson Has A Meaning...
If you are going to pursue a degree in business management, you are going to have to be committed to the fullest extent to retaining and understanding your curriculum. There are no filler lessons to be learned and everything covered by the professors is essential to your career in business." (retail director of operations; 2014)


"Be Proactive When Scheduling...
Be disciplined and organize your time well to stay on track. Notify your professors or group partners well in advance of any time constraints that might prevent you from completing coursework in time." (Operations Manager; 2014)


"Be Proactive...
Do not be afraid to ask professors for added help." (Manager; 2014)


"Be Disciplined...
You will need to very disciplined. Studying on-line is much harder than you may think." (Subject Matter Expert; 2014)