Why earn a bachelor's degree in business online?
Start your business career
Your journey toward a career in business begins with the same courses as on-campus students.
Develop critical thinking skills
Our online curricula focus on the practical applications of finance, economics, and more.
Learn the art of leadership
Develop as an effective leader through live interaction as you explore modern issues in a variety of business fields.
What can you do with a business degree?
No two career journeys are the same. Depending on your background, interests, and the specific business degree program you choose, you can prepare to pursue a wide variety of management, accounting, finance, analyst, or business administration jobs across many different industries.
As a learner, you can expect to develop foundational business knowledge and specialized skills in your chosen field, while building lifelong relationships with dedicated faculty mentors and a cohort of motivated professionals. No matter which online business program you join, you will gain the expertise and experience you need to rise in the business world, take on new opportunities, and accelerate your career.
Admission requirements for business degrees
Our undergraduate online business programs offer multiple start dates per year. Each program may require a certain number of transfer credits from a college or university you previously attended.
To apply to a program:
Complete the program’s online application
Complete your personal statement
Provide transcripts from previous undergraduate institutions
Complete letters of recommendation or work references (as required or recommended)
Submit your CV/resume (as required or recommended)
Some programs may also recommend submitting proof of high school graduation, specific standardized test scores, and any professional certificates you may hold.
When you request information about a program, you will be connected to an admissions counselor who can help guide you through the application process and answer any questions you have.
Business degree curriculum
As a learner in one of our online business programs, you will complete self-paced coursework and join your peers in engaging live, online course sessions. Our undergraduate business programs’ curricula include foundational courses plus courses tailored to certain business jobs such as accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, economics, data analytics, and more.
Each program is designed to challenge you to expand your perspective on the business world and grow your leadership and problem-solving skills. As you collaborate closely with expert faculty and peers, you will explore current and forward-facing issues impacting different industries and begin to define — or redefine — your place in the business landscape.
What jobs require a business degree?
Many management, finance, and business administration careers require a bachelor’s degree at the entry level and not necessarily a master's degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), business careers that require at least a bachelor’s degree include: ¹ ²
Human resources manager
Labor relations specialist
Market research analyst
Personal financial advisor
Which business major should you choose?
Whether to complete your bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, economics, finance, or another business-related field is a very personal choice that depends on your specific career aspirations.
For example, if you want to become an accountant, you would likely apply to an accounting- or finance-focused degree program. If you’re an aspiring CEO, you may choose to earn your management or business administration degree online instead.
The path you choose can have a positive impact your entry-level salary and beyond. If you earn your online bachelor’s in business administration, you might pursue a career as a compensation and benefits manager — an occupation which earned median pay of $127,530 in 2021. If you choose an accounting- or finance-focused program, you could apply for a position as a financial manager, a role that earned median pay of $131,710 in 2021.²
Is a business degree worth it?
Everyone’s needs and career journeys are different. But there are many potential benefits to earning your business degree: increased salary, performance, and promotion opportunities to name a few.
No matter the area of business you choose, such as management, finance, accounting, or business administration, salary potential rises when you complete your bachelor’s degree. According to the BLS, workers with bachelor's degrees earn $21,580 more in median yearly wages than those who have attended college but never completed their degree.³
Completing an accredited online business degree program will instill foundational and specialized knowledge and skills that will serve you throughout your career — and much of what you learn can be applied immediately to your current role. Whether you are hoping to rise in the ranks of your current organization or move into an entirely new industry, your business program will help you gain the understanding, abilities, and confidence you need to reach your yearly performance goals — and your future career goals that may include an MBA.
Our online business degree programs are delivered by recognized educational institutions with powerful reputations, which — in addition to strengthening your resume — will also connect you to a network of alumni working across the international business landscape. As part of your institution’s global alumni network, you can meet mentors, advisors, and potential business partners who can help fuel your trajectory as a professional and leader.
Frequently asked questions
As long as you meet your desired program’s application requirements and have the motivation and drive needed to complete the program successfully, finishing your business degree online is entirely possible.
These accredited online business programs are rigorous and will challenge you to stretch your talents and develop vital business knowledge and skills. They also provide unwavering support every step of the way, from admission to graduation and beyond. Whichever program you choose, you will meet expert faculty mentors and dedicated support staff who will work hard to help you succeed.
Not all online business programs are backed by a respected college or university, and not all programs will connect you to a global network of alumni working across nations and industries. To help ensure that your degree will provide the curriculum, connections, and support you need to succeed, do your research and select a reputable online program.
A business degree can prepare you to pursue a wide variety of roles across almost any industry. No matter what product or service a business or organization provides, they will likely need business-minded professionals to manage financials, lead teams, provide innovative strategies, and solve organizational challenges.
While a business degree is not required to start your own business, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than half of new businesses fail within their first five years, and only 25% of new businesses make it to 15 years or more.⁴ Earning your business degree can help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully launch and lead your business into the future.
The cost of completing your bachelor’s in business online may vary depending on a variety of factors, including your program’s cost per credit, the number of college credits you transfer in, and any grants or scholarships you may receive. Your program admissions counselor or financial aid team can help you learn more.
¹ Occupational Outlook Handbook: Business and Financial Occupations (2022). Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2022 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
² Occupational Outlook Handbook: Management Occupations (2022). Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2022 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm
³ Figure represents one year (52 weeks) of earnings, based on the $415 difference between median usual weekly earnings of workers with bachelor’s degrees and workers with some college, no degree, from Learn more, earn more: Education leads to higher wages, lower unemployment (2020). Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved Aug. 13, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2020/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
⁴ Table 7. Survival of private sector establishments by opening year (2022). Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved May 8, 2022 from https://www.bls.gov/bdm/us_age_naics_00_table7.txt