May 31, 2011 | Stacy Dymalski | Leave a comment A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that most job applicants (with equal experience) have the same chance of getting hired whether their degree was earned online or traditionally. Which is good news for those seeking first time or secondary degrees via the Internet. Online education is known for catering to the busy professional looking to get ahead by increasing his or her marketability with a degree. And for that very reason there are now a variety of majors you can earn online. However, because of the nature of technology and specific student goals some degrees actually lend themselves more to online education than others. Therefore, even if you have the luxury of selecting how you get your college degree (via online or brick-and-mortar schools) you may want to go the online route, depending on your circumstances. For example, if you’re considering going back to school to get a business degree, online education may be a better option for you. Why? Because in this case online education holds some very specific advantages over brick-and-mortar schools, as shown in these four benefits to getting your business degree online: Flexibility Traditionally, if you went to a brick-and-mortar college to earn a degree you had to quit your fulltime job, because college became your fulltime job. As you can image this scenario wreaks havoc on your finances, especially if you have a family to support. Earning a business degree online however, allows you to not only keep your career going, it also encourages you to incorporate your coursework into your job (and vice versa), depending on your job and area of study. For example, if you’re working on an MBA online in management and you currently manage a department, there may be aspects of your job that could actually give you college credit. By allowing yourself to continue working WHILE going to school online, you’re not putting your career on hold just to get a degree, and thus your bank account won’t take as big of a hit. Speed One might argue that you don’t have to give up your day job to go to a brick-and-mortar college. There were (and still are) higher education programs that allow you to earn your degree by attending night class on-campus. However, the average bachelor’s degree requires 120 units of coursework; at the rate of one course per semester it could take you literally 10 years of night school just to get your degree. But an online education program allows you to earn your business degree at a faster pace by taking the same coursework, but at an accelerated rate. And in many cases any previous credits you have from a prior college (or military training) could count toward your degree (which isn’t as common in brick-and-mortar schools). Plus (as mentioned before) your on-the-job experiences could count toward your online business degree, as well. So depending on your area of business study, how many classes you take per semester, your current job duties, and previous transferrable college credits you could finish a four-year business degree in two years or less IF you complete it online. Economical Although it’s not as common for employers to pay for their employees’ educations, it’s still not unheard of. If your business degree applies directly to your job, then your employer might actually pay for your college degree. However, be aware that most companies require an employment commitment of at least one year (sometimes longer) after you complete your degree if your employer pays for it. In the case of business degrees specifically, employers are more apt to pay for an applicable online degree over its brick-and-mortar counterpart, because in almost every case the online student finishes his or her degree quicker. And if the employer is paying, that means it will cost the company less money. Variety Among the top four most common online education programs (business, health care, engineering/computers, and education) the business major is the most popular online degree. This means you have your choice of many online schools that offer a variety of degrees, starting with the two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree and going all the way up to a doctorate degree, depending on the school you select. You also have a wide range of study, including business administration, management, accounting, sales, marketing, information systems, project management and more! True, you have all that in brick-and-mortar schools as well. But the point being you don’t have to give up the convenience of online education just to get the specific business degree you want. Everyone is different and there’s no guarantee that online education is right for you. However, if you take a hard look at your circumstances and evaluate your current situation, you may find that a earning a business degree online will get you to where you want to be. At the very least it will get a degree you previously didn’t have, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Get free information about an online business degree from classesandcareers.com!